Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
God Is the God of More than Enough
There are so many people with issues that seem to overwhelm them. Whether it is a father out of work, sickness in the home, broken down cars, not enough food on the table, or even a runaway child looking for their own way in the world, our hearts may seem to long for peace.
From experience, I have found that as long as I try to fix the problems without trusting the Lord to deal with them, then I am left feeling frustrated and without hope. Peace comes as I lean on God for the answers and wait on His timing.
At one particular season of my life, I was living far from family and friends. My husband had a job in which he traveled one hour from home. I had a teenage son, a toddler, and I was pregnant. There was barely enough money for food and expenses; except for the gas money to get my husband to work. It was a scary time.
I wish I could say that I immediately filled my heart with an abundance of faith and never doubted God’s ability to bring us through for a single moment. But my attitude was to face things one day at a time. I am so much wiser now. Having seen so many miracles in these recent years I know that He is more than capable of working all things out for our good.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)
The Bible even shares how, in Matthew 15, Jesus saw the multitude was hungry after listening to Him teach for three days. Jesus, being full of faith, told the disciples to gather the seven loaves of bread and fishes. He blessed the food and sent the disciples into the crowd with these items. After they all ate and were full, the leftover food filled seven baskets. The crowd consisted of four thousand men and included the women/children. Now that is how faithful our God is when a need is presented to Him.
So what is your concern today? How much faith do you possess? Even faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed is all you need to see the victory in your life.
“…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV
The paths you are following are hard to understand at times. God is with you! He is passionately in love with you and cares about your every need. The trials of today will one day be over and as you look back you will see how far you have come. As I share in a previous devotional: Hope Is Real.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV
With a heart full of faith and hope for the days ahead, move onward. Trust the Lord. You will be amazed!
When you try to list all the good things that Jesus obtained for us by shedding his blood and rising again — when you try to list all of those — you realize this includes everything that serves our eternal good.
Do you remember the gospel logic of Romans 8:32? It’s probably my favorite verse in the Bible.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
It’s a rhetorical question, with an assumed answer. How will he not with him freely give us all things? What does that mean? By virtue of dying for us, he secures for us all things — everything that serves our eternal good.
“All things in this life serve our eternal good, including affliction and loss, disease and disability.”
If you are given singleness instead of marriage as your life, it’s because the blood of Jesus secured the eternal good that singleness will do for you. Or if you’re given a disability or a disease that’s never healed in this life, it is because the blood of Jesus secured the eternal good that this disability will do for you. This means that there are thousands and thousands of good things that Christ did not purchase for you in this life.
There is no promise in the cross — in the blood of the gospel — that Christians will have health in this world. There’s no promise in the gospel for that. He did not purchase for all Christians a job, a marriage, wealth, a home, or success in business. If these things come to a Christian, they are shown to be gospel blessings — blood-bought blessings that become occasions for knowing and enjoying and showing the glory of God. That is when they work for our eternal good.
He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, will most certainly give us all things with him. All things in this life serve our eternal good, including affliction, loss, and sorrow. And in the resurrection we’ll receive everything good — no affliction, no loss, no sorrow, and every spiritual and physical blessing in the heavenly places.
“I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters … like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.” – Revelation 14:2 NASB
John was overwhelmed, struggling to find words to match the wonders of Heaven. It was filled with sights of splendor. In particular, John was impressed with a voice that sounded like many harps. He had seen living creatures and elders “each one holding a harp” (Revelation 5:8). And he described hearing a voice like “harpists playing on their harps.”
The harp has a unique place for God’s people. As a boy, David played the harp for King Saul, with miraculous impact (1 Samuel 16:23). The harp was so important that David set aside men in his army to prophesy with harps (1 Chronicles 25:1-3). The Bible tells us that harps are an integral part of praising God (Psalm 33:2).
What might these harps have sounded like? We know from modern recordings that harps produce a natural sound, as each string vibrates with the perfect pitch designed by God. As we know from the Bible, the sound of the harp can be soothing and even healing. Yet when played in a harp choir, the sound can be overpowering.
Here on earth, tastes may change from person to person. But as John discovered, the impact of the sounds in Heaven can be overwhelming! How do you imagine Heaven? No matter what your thoughts, you can be sure that Heaven itself is more glorious than you can imagine! But don’t wait. Praise God now! Enter His presence! Be prepared to be
Streams in the Desert – March 24
Times have changed, but life’s hard times haven’t
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: Deliver me, I pray thee (Gen. 32:9, 11).
There are many healthy symptoms in that prayer. In some respects it may serve as a mould into which our own spirits may pour themselves, when melted in the fiery furnace of sorrow.
He began by quoting God’s promise: “Thou saidst.” He did so twice (9 and 12). Ah, he has got God in his power then! God puts Himself within our reach in His promises; and when we can say to Him, “Thou saidst,” He cannot say nay. He must do as He has said.
If Jacob was so particular for his oath’s sake, what will not our God be? Be sure in prayer, to get your feet well on a promise; it will give you purchase enough to force open the gates of heaven, and to take it by force.
–Practical Portions for the Prayer-life
Jesus desires that we shall be definite in our requests, and that we shall ask for some special thing. “What will ye that I shall do unto you?” is the question that He asks of every one who in affliction and trial comes to Him. Make your requests with definite earnestness if you would have definite answers. Aimlessness in prayer accounts for so many seemingly unanswered prayers. Be definite in your petition. Fill out your check for something definite, and it will be cashed at the bank of Heaven when presented in Jesus’ Name. Dare to be definite with God.
Miss Havergal has said: “Every year, I might almost say every day, that I live, I seem to see more clearly how all the rest and gladness and power of our Christian life hinges on one thing; and that is, taking God at His word, believing that He really means exactly what He says, and accepting the very words in which He reveals His goodness and grace, without substituting others or altering the precise modes and tenses which He has seen fit to use.”
Bring Christ‘s Word–Christ’s promise, and Christ’s sacrifice–His blood, with thee, and not one of Heaven’s blessings can be denied thee.