We don’t know why we often seem to be in a
holding pattern but we can be assured
that during the process, God is working
out His purpose in the midst of it all. In the end,
whatever He designed for that appointed
time, place, etc will take its rightful place in the
grand scheme of things.
Troubles won’t last always. There will come a
shift of seasons. The wintry blows that may tear
at the heart of life will eventually give way to
the blossoming of something new and better on
the horizon. The holding pattern will break and
the days of crying will give way to rejoicing.
The times of mourning must move that we
may dance. Some seasons may be harder than
others to endure, but trust God’s perfect timing
through it all and don’t give up (Gal. 6:9).
Times of wilderness wandering can be hard,
and at times quite dismal. There is dryness in the
wilderness. It’s a place where one travels
where no fruit seems to grow and everything
around us seems sparse and without life.
Look up, dear child of God, because even in
these times, God is carrying the heart that
trusts in Him through their wilderness traveling.
In times of barrenness, when we may not see
or understand the whole picture, God is never
far from His children. As a man carries his
child to safety, so too does God for those
who hold on to His will and His way, and He
will see them safely to the other side of any
desert that may be before us.
“Other’s said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? ” John 7:41
When it comes to Jesus everyone will experience one of three responses: you believe, you don’t believe or you don’t know what to believe. Jesus had that effect on people. He would do things (miracles) that utterly dumbfounded people. He would say things like, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink,” (John 7:37), that would take people totally off guard and they couldn’t help but be amazed by the words that came from His mouth. Yet, there are those who deride who He says He is and they say, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” (John 7:41). These types look for reasons not to believe.
It is an awesome thing to be fully persuaded in one’s own heart that “This is the Christ!” Many in the crowd that Jesus was speaking to on that day were divided. They were not only divided with one another, but they were perplexed within themselves about the man who stood before them teaching with such authority. They heard and saw but still wrestled in their heart to believe. Yet, in the division, there were some who knew, who felt the truth within them that “This is the Christ!”
Commotions, dissensions and disagreements, they will always exist as long as this world does. But, for those whose hearts are grounded in the truth, they can boldly declare, “This is the Christ!”
How often has someone come against your faith? How many times have you been ridiculed for what you believe in? If not verbally, but in the way others treat you because of your hope in Him? One’s faith is at the core of the declaration of Christ for oneself. If the faith is real, it will keep him/her rested in their Savior despite the contentions around. Yet, if it is but a surface faith when the hardness of life approaches it will wither under the pressure of adversity.
“This is the Christ!” The soul that can still declare that is a soul happy before his/her Lord. The soul that cleaves to the truth of these words is the soul that won’t soon be moved. The soul that rests in that wonderful truth is the soul that will find peace eternal no matter the failing of others who don’t recognize Him for who He is.
“This is the Christ!” That’s who He was then and that’s who He remains to be today. Keep your hope anchored in that truth and no matter what else may be going on in your life, your faith in who He is will see you through. Be blessed in this wonderful truth today!
HARD TIMES DO NOT HAVE THE FINAL SAY! Hard times may leave one feeling helpless, with the wondering thought of how long? How long is this going to go on? How long do we have to endure this mess? How long will this struggle last? Rest assured, dear friends, you are not forgotten in the midst of the struggle. God knows when His people are facing difficult days and hard nights. But even in those dark hours, His people can be reassured there is a reason to rejoice. It might not always be clear at that moment, but we are promised that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,” (Ps. 30:5). God is the one that can work a new work that will blow people’s minds away. Keep your hope steadfastly planted in Him. He is our deliverer! He is our miracle worker yesterday, today, and forevermore!
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
I have one of those little portable chargers for my phone or tablet that I always carry with me. You know the kind. You charge it overnight so that it’s ready in a pinch to recharge my technology when needed even if there is no plug in power source available.
I see it often, as I’m sure you do, when traveling with family, companions, or whoever – we go to restaurants and other places, and the first thing people look for is to see if there’s a plug close by to recharge their phones. It’s almost a necessary evil if you want to call it that. Phones are very important in our world. I consider mine to be a little, portable handheld computer at times.
If I can’t reach a plug, then out comes my little portable friend to the rescue because most of us absolutely need a power source.
That’s why I love God’s Word so much. There is no greater resource than having His holy breathed inspiration speaking directly to my life no matter what’s going on. If I’m wrong, it tells me so. If I need encouragement, it speaks hope. If I need joy, it opens up psalms. It shows me how to bless others, love others, and desire a deeper relationship with God. Some chunks of the Word are hard to swallow, and some are sweet as honey. But all are a power source to live by.
Don’t ignore the power source of God’s Word that has the answer to every problem and situation in life that arises. Any solution the world has is of the flesh and it won’t profit. But, Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life,” (John 6:63).
In God’s Word, there is truth, revelation, and power! Are you hooked up to the right power source? Where you plug in at; where you get your resources and information, your inspiration for life matters more than most people realize. Fill your life and thoughts with useless fillers and you remain on empty. But if you get connected to true power, you are able to run this race and fulfil the destiny God has ordered for you.
Dear Friends, if you are trying to push through your day to day with a troubled heart, I pray that God’s peace would overshadow all the trouble you are feeling. Jesus often spoke of peace; when He calmed the storms and when He appeared after His resurrection. Peace is something that many search for, but it can only truly be found in Him. Peace is something God wants us to experience, so I pray that your sorrows will melt away and dissolve in His peace today. That all your hurts of a troubled heart will disappear into His grace. I pray for God’s mercy to fill the gaps each of us need filling. I pray for peace in your home and out. I pray for peace in your coming and your going. I pray that in the midst of everything, God would send a revelation of peace just for you. In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” – Numbers 6:26
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” – Ephesians 2:14
“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
Once, I was traveling out of town and the hotel we were staying in had one of those beauty magnifying mirrors that swing out on an arm. You know the ones I’m talking about. They get up close and really personal in your face. What you thought you looked like in a normal mirror became something totally different in this magnifying truth teller.
I often avoid those mirrors because there’s only so much truth about my face I want to see. But, looking into these things a whole world of pores and things that seem to come out of nowhere all of sudden can’t be ignored. The eyebrows need more manicuring than once thought. Things need to be plucked, covered, or taken care of to present this face to the world before I left out that day.
As I said, I always avoided these mirrors but I must admit when I stepped back to see the final results I was more than pleased and fully intend on having one installed in my bathroom at home.
How often are we afraid to take a closer look at ourselves? Not our face per se but at things like the inner man, our life, and our relationship with God. Are we too afraid of what we’ll find when we look too closely? Do we not want things revealed to us that may have gone by without a closer inspection?
God wants the best for His people but sometimes the best means we have some stuff that needs to be plucked and dealt with first. We have to seek the beautifying of His Spirit in order to step back and see the glorious final results He has for us up ahead.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. . .” 2 Corinthians 13:5
No matter who you are in life there will be a
time when you need help outside of yourself.
When all your inner capacities are drained and
strained and we feel like we can’t press
through anymore, we need Him to refill and
strengthen us in this journey.
The good news is God is here for His people
to give them what they need to make it
through even the hardest times of life. Where
we lack, He will supply. Where we come up
short, He can meet us there and provide the
means to keep us, deliver us, and set us free.
Turn to Him today. “The LORD will give strength
unto his people; the LORD will bless his
people with peace.” Psalm 29:11.