As we are passing through this life, there are often times when we go through dry seasons and wonder if God even knows where we are…
David often experienced times like this.
New Living Translation
1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
3 YET YOU ARE HOLY,
ENTHRONED ON THE PRAISES OF ISRAEL.
4 Our ancestors trusted in you,
and you rescued them.
5 They cried out to you and were saved.
They trusted in you and were never disgraced.
Sometimes God appears to be distant from us, but as David said in Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
The instructions are to keep walking through and not to camp out in that valley; and know this, that because there’s a shadow being cast across your path it’s a sure sign that the Light is still there behind the shadow.
This is a test to make you stronger, not to defeat you.
Whenever Israel was going into battle they would always put the tribe of Judah out in front, singing praises unto God.
This was the standard rule of engagement for them, and that’s how they went on the offensive, against the wiles of the enemy.
God is always testing and stretching us to make us stronger, and as we’re going through rough times, God is first looking at our attitude.
We’re always pleading with God to change our circumstances or our situation, but the Lord is always, first, interested in changing us and changing our attitude, while we’re under pressure and still in the valley of death, dealing with those negative circumstances.
In Hebrews 5:8, we’re told that Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered, and so should we think it strange that we learn the same way?
We must keep in mind that God’s ultimate goal, in all of this, according to Romans 8: 29-30, is that we be conformed into the image of His Son.
And so as we travel along this path of life, we each have a choice, do we want to be a mighty oak or mushroom?
It takes about 60 years for an oak tree to grow to maturity, and during that time there are often seasons of dryness.
These are times when the water table is lower, and it’s during those times, if the oak tree is to survive, it must stretch its roots down deeper into the soil; and it’s through this process that the oak tree becomes stronger.
A mushroom on the other hand will mature in but a few hours, and then it withers and is gone forever.
So the question is do you want to be a mighty oak or mushroom?
If we’re going to be a mighty oak then we have to learn to stretch the roots of our faith down deep (into Jesus), during those dry periods of our life.
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
And as often happens, through the course of life, in times where you are being tested and have questions as to what God wants you to do, the following is a good verse to turn to.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in EVERYTHING give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Sat, August 14
Note from Jesus
I love those times when you lose yourself in worshipful praise as you are filled with the Holy Spirit.
To see your heart moved in love to praise the Father for what I have done to save you is precious.
You can worship Me and praise Me anywhere you are. You can be in your car, at a park, on a hike, at a coffee shop, in town walking, or at home getting ready to begin or end the day.
Because of the Holy Spirit within you, you can always have access to the Father.
Because of the Holy Spirit’s presence, you can passionately worship Me in any place or at any time.
Because of the Holy Spirit’s dwelling within you, you can be blessed personally by your time of worship no matter where you are.
(From Heartlight – Daily Wisdom)
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