I realize that there is nothing I am experiencing in my Christian life that is not something common among all of us (1Cor.10:13). In other words, we all experience trials & troubles, headaches & hassles as a normal part of our everyday life in Christ and for Christ. These varied “challenges” in our lives come in differing shapes & sizes and differing levels of intensity and they are allowed (if not orchestrated) by our loving Lord Himself to teach us/remind us that we must cling to Him and stand upon the promises of His word.
My wife (the lovely Kathleen Marie) and I are currently in a season where our faith is being “exercised” more intensely than it has been in many years. This is certainly not a bad thing, but I would be less than honest if I said it was not an uncomfortable thing. (I’m just keepin’ it real.) But… I digress! The point is, we are walking by faith, trusting a faithful God, standing on His promises and asking Him to lead the way. As a result of these things, I have been taking some extra time to call to mind (and to meditate upon) the many promises of God that have been my close companions in the many years since I was Born Again, and subsequently, have walked closely with the Lord God of my salvation. While engaged in such activity this morning, I remembered something I read several mornings ago that encouraged me. I have included it below at the Lord’s leading with the intent that I would encourage you also. Read on ~
“My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of His which thou art now considering is as true as His own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of His mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth He lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can He fail in wisdom as to the time when He will bestow the favours, for He knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold. (he concludes) “If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulness.” (C. H. Spurgeon, excerpted from ‘Morning & Evening’ – morning entry for July 27th)