Wait And See

Eternally With You

We’ve talked at great length about the wilderness being a place where we feel as though God is no longer interested or active in our wait. As far as we can tell, He’s abandoned us. That’s just not true. Take this to the bank and deposit it for safekeeping: God is always present with you.

This characteristic of God is defined as being omnipresent. It’s a big Bible word we can add to our vocabulary and retrieve when abandonment issues tiptoe into our thought life. Turn the corner of this page down and put a large star by this sentence: Omnipresent means always present; everywhere at the same time. Now, when you feel abandoned, remember to come back here and remind yourself that God is constantly, forever, eternally with you.

He is never not with me. He is never not with you. (English majors and grammar police, please don’t email me about the double negatives.) He is next to us in our wilderness, even if we don’t see Him at work. Whoa! I just blew my own mind.

Even though we feel abandoned by God, we aren’t. God didn’t abandon Abraham and Sarah. God didn’t abandon the Israelites. God has not and will not abandon you. Try singing these words to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”: “God is with me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Though His presence I can’t see, God will not abandon me. Yes, God is with me. Yes, God is with me. Yes, God is with me. The Bible tells me so.”

God didn’t abandon David. He roamed in and out of caves and strongholds. He dodged arrows at the dinner table and fled from the king’s army. For over fifteen years, he wandered and waited for his appointing. But David’s wait did come to an end.

We know we’re waiting well when we truly experience peace in God’s pauses and plans. The peace is demonstrated in the resting of our thoughts and actions. Our real focus becomes a deep and abiding relationship with the Person of our faith, rather than manipulating our circumstances to receive the object of our wait. David waited well by focusing on God, not the problems, the people, or the palace.

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Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:10 KJV

http://bible.com/1/isa.41.10.KJV

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38‭-‬39 KJV

http://bible.com/1/rom.8.38-39.KJV

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The Road will be lonely 

A Lonely Road

What must have made Job’s suffering even more intense was his aloneness at times. His wife urged him to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). His friends were miserable comforters, wrongly accusing him of secret sin. God seemed silent. Job felt utterly alone, yet he continued to cry out to God. His words show his pain: “Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house” (Job 29:4).

None of Job’s suffering was lost, though. God used it for good in his life: refining him, increasing his faith and nurturing growth. Job emerged from his ordeal with more maturity. For this reason, Paul says that we “glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3 – 4).

We would never choose to suffer or have our friends desert us in order to grow spiritually. But when struggles happen in life, when we are without every comfort and companion, God can use that pain for our good.

Scripture Reference: Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,  Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;  When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;  As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;  When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;  When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

Job 29:1‭-‬6 KJV

http://bible.com/1/job.29.1-6.KJV

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A Cup Of Coffee: Book Club Read

Book Title: Don’t  Limit God

Author: Andrew Wommack

Chapter 3: Totally Committed 

Discussion Topic: Fear Of Risk

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Pasage: for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them who’s hard is toward him. 2 chronicles 16:9

being perfect doesn’t mean you are sinless. here, God is referring to people who are committed to him and telling him, “God I’ll do anything. I’ll say whatever you want me to say. I’ll go wherever you want me to go. just tell me what to do and I’ll follow you to the best of my ability. God is looking throughout the whole earth for people like this. Are you willing to risk it all to follow him? your response should be, “God look no further here I am”.

                     Totally Committed

Dwight L Moody once attended a service in Chicago where he heard a preacher make the following statement “The world has never seen what God can do through one person who is totally committed to him.” Dewight stood up and said, ” I’ll be that man,” even though he only had a third grade education and could barely read. when Dewight preached, he would read a passage of scripture up to a word that he didn’t know, then stop and preach on it. then he would start on the other side of that word, so people wouldn’t know that he couldn’t read.

Dwight L Moody was rejected by three churches. he tried to join them, but they didn’t consider him to be a good enough Christian to be a member of their churches. they kept him from being a member, yet he preach to crowds of 150,000 before they even had microphones. He preached to kings and impacted every continent on the face of the earth. he was the Billy Graham of his day. he saw miracle after miracle, and amazing things happened through his ministry.

You may have some things in your heart that would cause you to live your life differently if you didn’t have restrictions. yet fear is causing you to limit yourself and limit what God can do, because you’re afraid that you might not Prosper as much as you are prospering now. you are afraid that people might criticize you or that something negative might happen.

Before I die, I believe I will accomplish everything that God has put on the inside of me. I can truthfully say that right now, I am in the process of doing everything that God has placed in my heart and I know that as I continue to grow, he will give me more things to do. I haven’t arrived, but I’ve left. I am moving in the right direction.

Are you afraid to at least begin moving toward something more? What are your thoughts on this passage?