Psalm 27: 13, 14

“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness, while I am here in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

The Psalmist here, is expressing full confidence and so importantly “Hope” in the Lord His God, even amidst the struggles of life and the enemies that accused and waited to take his life. Can you do the same today? Are you going through hardship, difficulties, adversity? Has something sideswiped you off your feet leaving you frustrated, discouraged, and downcast. Have poor choices of loved ones, or perhaps even your own bad moves, placed you in the pit of despair? Does your hope fade and do you feel like just running from it all? Remember, the enemy is at work and he roams about seeing whom he may devour. He’ll snap you up in a split second of unawareness, much like an insect entrapped in a spider web.

I watched yesterday, as a bumblebee happily buzzed around some flowers but little did he know of the spider web that awaited his flight. The happy buzzzz came to a very, quick halt as he flew directly into the web. He was completely caught, tight and fast with no chance of escape. The huge spider was out like a flash for the capture to complete his work and shoot his poisonous venom into his unsuspecting prey. Since I was there and saw the whole thing go down, my heart was for the bee not the spider and so I grabbed a stick to release the bee from his thick web of hopelessness. He dropped to the ground, recouped and went on his merry way happily buzzing around the same flowers. I destroyed the web and sent the spider back into hiding. The web was gone, but the spider is still there somewhere, to rebuild and reweave and set another trap. The enemy works the same way and sin has the same snare. Christ is the One who frees us from it’s venom and it’s destruction. He’s our mediator and our way to God. He rescues from the entanglement of sin and sets us on the right path…the path of righteousness!

Focus on the Lord with all your mind, soul and heart when going through trials, tribulations, struggles, disappointments, despair, confusion, heartache, frustration and failure. Delight in Him! Come into His sweet presence! Wait on Him! Think on Him, meditate on Him! Talk to Him and Listen to His still small voice speaking peace into your situation. You will find He’s the anchor in your wind tossed boat. The life preserver in your deep water. The refuge in your storm. The hope in your despair. The strength in your weakness! The peace in your confusion. The healing in your heartache. The calmness in your chaos and the victory in your failure!!

So friends, take heart!! Remain strong in the Lord! Be confident that God is looking after you and the events in your life regardless of how it feels. Give Him the reigns, the driver’s wheel and the controls of your life. Remain there, until He takes you out and brings the blessing!! He knows what He’s doing. He’s the sovereign Lord, the creator of all things. He holds your struggle in he palm of His creative hand. He can crush it! It’s His hand that turns rags to riches, and makes beauty from ashes. Wait on the Lord in your time of trouble and He will lift you up to a place of honor, because that’s just what He does. Let Him catch you in the fall! Our God is an awesome God! Let Him refresh you!

He reigns!! Let Him reign!!!

That Final Call Of Victory

Isaiah 46:4

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

The verse speaks of the constancy of God’s faithfulness as He extends His everlasting arms of love and care into through and over our lifetime. Though we change with years and fail many times, even in trusting Him, He remains constant as He stands by His promise of faithfulness to us, as His children and as His followers. Ahh yes, When aging body and frail bones threaten to take our health, God stands beside us to comfort, to carry, to bear with us and finally usher us to our glorious heavenly home in that last and final victory call over death!

Teach Me How To Live

Psalm 119: 64

“The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.”

In Verse 57 the psalmist confirms with full assurance that God is everything to him. He had sought the face of the Lord. He had considered his ways and hastened to obey God’s commands. He knew God’s faithfulness through the difficulties. In verse 64 his heart overflows with a sense of divine fullness only available through His Lord and his personal dependence on a God of vast love, mercy and grace. A love and mercy so big, so vast, so huge, so exquisite, that it extended beyond the borders of his little world of concerns into the entire realm of the universe. He had resolved to obey and he was eager to be taught. What wisdom followed his depth of enlightenment to ask to be educated by a God so great and so magnificent.

Is God your portion? Have you resolved to be obedient? Do you desire to learn Truth? If so, today make conscious effort to bask in His mercy that extends beyond the boundaries of your personal walls to indwell all of creation. Humbly sit at His feet and learn from Him. Seek His ways and let Him to be your teacher.

Lessons Through Failures

Isaiah 48:17

“This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”

One would expect God’s people to be in tune with their God and follow His leadership but they had a rebellious heart and from the very beginning did not really have an awareness of who their God really was. He had spoken, they had not listened! God’s covenant and redemptive plan would not be thwarted and so, even in their affliction, caused by their own waywardness, God sent a prophet to deliver a gracious message for their benefit, so that they could be delivered and succeed if they would just listen.

Still today, those whom God redeems He teaches, even through adversity and affliction. Even through our stubborn rebellion and our “know it all” attitudes.

The most amazing bonus is how He weaves His beautiful tapestry of golden threads in, over, around and through our mistakes bringing good into our failures, strength into our weaknesses and joy into our afflictions, if we hear His words, act on them and meet His chastening with humility.

He enlightens, He directs and He leads us by His grace, His mercy and His compassion. His love is vast, awesome and unconditional. He desires nothing but the best for his people. Do we really know how amazing and astounding our God is?