Last evening I received a text message from someone close to me, and the contents of said “txt” sent me reeling. The message contained in the text was a surprise to me – but a much bigger surprise to them. In their own words, they were ‘blindsided’. They didn’t see it coming, so they had no way to prepare themselves.
The first thought that came to my mind was that although they didn’t know, God did. My reply to them was quick: “He knew. He knows. We trust. In the meantime, know that I will be praying…”
I went to sleep praying for this situation, and as I awoke this morning, my first thoughts were of the afore-mentioned… so, again I prayed, “casting the whole of my anxious care upon Him, confident that He cares for me and for mine” (cf. 1Peter 5:7).
Hebrews 11:1 has been keeping me company this morning:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
And so has Hebrews 11:6 ~
“…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
As I was ‘seeking the Lord’ (inquiring of the Lord) this morning, I remembered something I came across in my devotional reading yesterday. I didn’t realize it then, but it was just what I would need to be reminded of [exhorted by] before the day was done. (Thank you, Lord, for your great faithfulness to me. I am grateful that You go before me and prepare the way… even when I am not cognizant or otherwise mindful of Your presence.) And so, getting back to my point: I gladly share that devotional thought here, with the hope it will encourage someone as it did me. Read on ~ “It is only by faith that a man can commit his way to the Lord. And this ‘committing of our way’ must be continuous, not a single act.
(the thought continues) “However extraordinary and unexpected may seem to be His guidance, however near the precipice He may take you, you are not to snatch the guiding rains out of His hands.
(the thought concludes) “Why are some Christians so anxious, so fearful? Evidently because they have not left their way with the Lord. They took it to him, but brought it away with them again.”
O Lord! I am often guilty of this very thing: I take my cares, my concerns, my burdens to You in prayer, but instead of leaving them with You – trusting Your goodness, Your grace, Your mercy, Your provision, Your protection and Your innumerable promises to me – I often come away carrying the burden I came to cast at Your feet. O Lord, forgive me. I realize that my fear and/or my lack of faith at times and in circumstances like these calls Your Faithfulness into question…and it robs You of Your glory.
- Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.
- Increase my faith.
- Lead, guide and direct my steps; protect me & provide for me; deliver me from any & all people, places, things and occurrences that would seek to oppress me. Amen.
In conclude with the well-known and often quotes words of the Psalmist: “TRUST in the LORD, and do good; continue to dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. DELIGHT THYSELF also in the LORD, and He shall give thee the desires of your heart. COMMIT THY WAY to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass… REST in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret…it only causes harm.” (Psalm 37:3-5, 7)
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