Friday, August 15, 2008

Words of Encouragement

If Jesus went to the cross for you and I, how much more will he care for us that we succeed in this walk?  God cares enough to keep us from falling.

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. - Psalm 9:9-11

God's Way. God's Way Requires Trust in Him. One of the most difficult things for believers to do is trust in unseen things.  We hear the scripture read often about how we do not walk by sight, but by faith.  Well it sounds all good, but in our secret places we sometimes struggle with this one.

How easy is it to trust that God will heal when the report you have is that you will not get better?  How easy is it to trust that the impossible will be made impossible?  How easy is it to trust that God will heal a marriage or save a child when everything before your face speaks differently?  I don't come to condemn you because I too will admit it is difficult at times to trust what I do not see.

Yet, I remind myself, Lord to say that I love you requires me to obey you.  One of the things you require of me is to trust you to be faithful to your children. I can rejoice like the psalmist when I think about the fact that God has never forsaken me.  Whatever I needed, he took care of.  When I did not see how a situation in my life would be changed, he changed it far beyond my imagination.  When I was sick and no one could figure out why, God healed me and I never experienced that illness again.

When I have been in trouble and the enemy seemed to be ready to destroy me, God stepped in and rescued me.  Today I simply come to encourage someone that no matter what your situation looks like, God works in the impossible.  God shows up in the incredible.  He makes the unbelievable, believable.  He makes the unseen, seen.  God is one that we can trust in. He will never let his children down.

So today, I pray Lord help us to take refuge in you.  Help us to know without any doubt or fear that you are the one that will care for us and you will change our situations.  Today Lord I ask from my humble heart, that today you would manifest yourself in someone's life in a way that reassures them that you are present and you will never leave them alone.  This I pray, amen.