Waiting on God’s timing isn’t easy. When the Lord first called me into full-time ministry in the summer of 2010, I was ready to go right then and there, or so I thought. That year had been a tough one for me. God was beginning a new work within me and as part of that work, He called me out of the church I had been faithfully attending for nearly a decade.
At first, I ignored His gentle whisper. I didn’t understand why God would want me to leave my church family, whom I loved dearly. As His voice became louder, I knew I needed to listen. I decided to talk to my pastor about how God was leading me not only into full-time ministry but also to leave the church I had called home.
I expected to get the green light and to be sent on my way with no questions asked. What I experienced that day was the exact opposite. I was wounded so deeply that it took a lot of healing for me to fully trust the body of Christ again.
Deep down, I knew that God wouldn’t ask me to leave my church without a plan. Even though I couldn’t see what He was doing, I needed to be obedient and trust Him.
Abraham knew God was faithful and believed that God would come through for him.
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises (Romans 4:18-21 NLT).
Finding a new church home wasn’t a quick process. After more than two months, I started to grow weary. I prayed and asked God for wisdom and to make it clear to me where He wanted me to be. That Sunday, I visited a church that was held in an old armory. This church was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I could hear the voice of the Lord so clearly.
As I started to leave that Sunday, the pastor stopped to greet me. He said, “Jessica, 2011 is going to be better than 2010 for you. God has you exactly where He wants you to be.”
I could feel the tears well up and I knew that the Lord had brought me to this church. Over the next four years, God brought tremendous healing into my life and helped to equip me for the plans He has for me.
If you are waiting on God, know that God is faithful to keep every promise He has made to you. God’s plans for your life are good because He is good. His love isn’t contingent on what you do for Him, and it doesn’t change. You can trust Him to come through for you, just as He did for Abraham and just as He did for me.
Streams in the Desert – August 1
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And do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness.(Rom 6:13)
I went one night to hear an address on consecration. No special message came to me from it, but as the speaker kneeled to pray, he dropped this sentence: “O Lord, Thou knowest we can trust the Man that died for us.” And that was my message. I rose and walked down the street to the train; and as I walked, I pondered deeply all that consecration might mean to my life and—I was afraid. And then, above the noise and clatter of the street traffic came to me the message: “You can trust the Man that died for you.”
I got into the train to ride homeward; and as I rode, I thought of the changes, the sacrifices, the disappointments which consecration might mean to me and—I was afraid.
I reached home and sought my room, and there upon my knees I saw my past life. I had been a Christian, an officer in the church, a Sunday-school superintendent, but had never definitely yielded my life to God.
Yet as I thought of the darling plans which might be baffled, of the cherished hopes to be surrendered, and the chosen profession which I might be called upon to abandoned—I was afraid.
I did not see the better things God had for me, so my soul was shrinking back; and then for the last time, with a swift rush of convicting power, came to my innermost heart that searching message:
“My child, you can trust the Man that died for you. If you cannot trust Him whom can you trust?”
That settled it for me, for in a flash I saw that the Man who so loved me as to die for me could be absolutely trusted with all the concerns of the life He had saved.
Friend, you can trust the Man that died for you. You can trust Him to baffle no plan which is not best to be foiled, and to carry out every one which is for God’s glory and your highest good. You can trust Him to lead you in the path which is the very best in this world for you.
—J H. McC
“Just as I am, thy love unknown,
Has broken every barrier down,
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine ALONE,
O Lamb of God, I come!”
“Life is not salvage to be saved out of the world, but an investment to be used in the world.”
Sovereign grace and man’s responsibility
By: Charles Spurgeon
“But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.” Romans 10:20,21
Suggested Further Reading: Matthew 26:20-25
I see in one place, God presiding over all in providence; and yet I see, and I cannot help seeing, that man acts as he pleases, and that God has left his actions to his own will, in a great measure. Now, if I were to declare that man was so free to act, that there was no control of God over his actions, I should be driven very near to atheism; and if, on the other hand, I declare that God so overrules all things, as that man is not free enough to be responsible, I am driven at once into Antinomianism or fatalism. That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and if I find in another place that man is responsible for all his actions, that is true; and it is my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever contradict each other. These two truths, I do not believe, can ever be welded into one upon any human anvil, but one they shall be in eternity: they are two lines that are so nearly parallel, that the mind that shall pursue them farthest, will never discover that they converge; but they do converge, and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth springs.
For meditation: The Bible does not tell us everything; nor does it give a full explanation of what it does tell us. But it tells us more than enough to give us a sound foundation for our faith and obedience (Deuteronomy 29:29; John 20:30,31).
Love That Abounds
SCRIPTURE READING — PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11
From: Today Devotions
This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best. . . .
The apostle Paul and the church in Philippi shared a great love for each other. Because of his love for them, Paul wanted the Philippians’ love to abound in knowledge and insight so that they could live more like Jesus. With knowledge and insight, the Christians in Philippi could better discern all that is true and good. Knowing what is true and good would prepare them to love as Jesus does. The focus for a follower of Jesus is to love God above all and to love your neighbor as yourself.
How can I love God and my neighbor without knowing the will of God? To try to love God and my neighbor apart from knowing God’s will and his ways would put me in a battle against God—with my will versus God’s will. But that would be a battle I would always lose. Thankfully, I do not have to take on that kind of battle.
In his love for us, God gave us his Word (the Bible), and he sent Jesus (the living Word) to show us how to live. Following Jesus’ example, we too, like Paul and the Philippians, can grow to abound in knowledge and insight as we humbly seek to love God and our neighbor.
Gracious Father, thank you for sending us Jesus to reveal your love and to show us a new way of life. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may strive to follow Jesus today. Amen.