In both the Old and New Testaments, God is constantly working behind the scenes to protect, provide for, raise up, and help His people. The apostle Paul miraculously escapes numerous murder plots. A destitute widow suddenly has plenty to sustain the needs of her family. And, a simple Jewish girl is chosen as queen in a foreign land, preventing the annihilation of the Jews. These are just a sprinkling of God’s handiwork.
As in the past, God continues to work in the lives of His people today. Isaiah 64:4 encourages us with these words, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (NIV)
Know that God loves you more than you can imagine and is even now working on your behalf. Wait and experience His goodness. In the smallest of details, perhaps where you least expect Him, the One and Only Almighty God is doing something amazing for you!
Wait and see!
You just got that text, or call, or test result and the news is not good. Or there is a possibility that it may not be good. Or there is an inkling of a hint of a chance of a possibility that it may not be good. Your stomach drops and your mind begins the ‘What if…’ attack. STOP!
The apostle Paul gave us a strategy for these moments.
- Turn and talk to the Lord.
- Give thanks for this opportunity to see God at work, or for God’s faithfulness in the past, or for God being with us and helping us through this situation, or all of the above!
- Ask for His protection, guidance, intervention, healing, help, whatever we need.
When we surrender our worries and stresses, God sends His promised peace. Release and receive His peace. It’s a choice.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
We all have work to do. In good times, we experience steady progress. Other times, we may feel like a hamster on an exercise wheel, exhausted, yet making no gains. Still some seasons resemble a roller coaster ride with sluggish climbs, plummeting descents, and sharp, unexpected turns—all to find ourselves back where we started!
Whatever work the Lord has given us to do, there is a purpose. There is something to accomplish and there will be a payoff. Whether our current stint is short or long-term, we should stand strong and not give up. We can find encouragement in Old and New Testament verses that still speak to us today.
“…my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 (The Message)
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” ~ 2 Chronicles 15:7 (NIV) Try inserting your name in this verse after the word ‘you.’
“But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works.” ~ Psalm 73:28 (NKJV)
Today, I must share one of God’s recent works! A teacher friend texted requesting prayer for healing for a student’s younger sister. The little girl was in ICU. A blood vessel had burst in her brain, causing two bleeds. She had no mobility, was unable to hold a conversation, and barely recognized her family. Fervent prayers went up for this precious child. Nine days later, we received very different news. The youngster had made a miraculous recovery and was starting school that day!
Incredible! Let’s never underestimate the power of prayer. Praise God! He hears, heals, and helps. He’s just waiting for us to come to Him in faith and ask.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” ~ Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
In the wee morning hours after last week’s first “Wednesday Whisper” was sent, I found myself asking, “So, Lord, do You have any ideas for next wee…?” I couldn’t even finish my thought. The absurdity of wondering if the Creator of All had one little idea made me smile.
God made us like Him, having the ability to reason and create, but we also have our limitations. When stuck, we should go to the Source! At one point, Jeremiah, the prophet, shared this word:
“This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth…‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:2-3 NIV)
May we go to the Source for the unsearchable and create with the help of the Creator!
School begins with youngsters squeezing their parent’s hand, transferred tearfully into their teacher’s hand. Classrooms are filled with new raised hands. And all school staff members need a helping hand.
As you reach out to new hands this week or perhaps face a new challenge, whose hand can you hold on to, or better yet, who is holding your hand
Here’s a pair of verses to hang on to this week:
“‘Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
(Isaiah 41:10, 13 New King James Version)
May you experience help from the Lord as you hang on to Him!
Dear troubled soul
Imagine with me
Creation – as it was meant to be
Walking with the Father, close by His side
Awed by His glory and arms open wide
Comprehending that long before you came to be
God knew you completely, intimately.
Oh troubled soul
May you now hear
The Truth He declares, whispering clear
May He soften your heart and open your ear
To hear Jesus calling – the Savior is near
He offers peace now, and life after the grave
To all who believe, He came to save.
Come troubled soul
Experience His love
Accept in your heart the One from above
He gives hope for tomorrow, healing and grace
Mercy and compassion for every dark place
Bring Him your troubles, release them and know
He’ll walk the way with you, giving strength as you go.
by Arrow ©2018
Posted in Funeral/ Memorial, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Motivation, Poetry, Salvation
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