Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Trusting the LORD…
“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.” (Psalm 84:11–12, NLT)
I have come to the point in my life when I trust the LORD with it although I must admit there have been come pretty anxious moments and I suspect that is a pattern for the future as well. But in the words of Paul, “The LORD has not given me the spirit of fear but Jesus the Promise and the Holy Spirit the Encourager,” (I modified Paul’s words slightly).
While I trust the LORD with my own life there are loved ones, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers I encounter everyday where my trust level in the LORD varies from not so high to very low. When I say that it does not applies to everyone because there are many people I know and don’t know yet who have an amazing amount of trust in the LORD but there are some close to my heart who have a “hand-to-hand relationship” with the LORD and not a “heart-to-heart relationship with him. Here’s my dilemma, I pray hard for those persons and leave them with the LORD yet continue to concern myself with their welfare (I worry about them) not that the LORD is not watching over them but they are oblivious to the LORD’s hand extended to them with the purpose of drawing them into his heart.
As I search for and solution I’ve discovered there is no simple solution other than the simplicity of trust. I know that sounds like double talk but it’s not a simple solution would be an immediate life changing experience for the one I am praying over. Yet God doesn’t work using my timeline he uses his own and while trusting in God and his timeline is simple it is the waiting that puts our faith through a testing period.
Last evening the LORD “called me on the carpet” and as a result I learned a valuable lesson. It was a simple encounter there were no powerful prophetic words, no flash of lightening, no thundering voice, just a few words impressed on my thinking, “But what about the others.” I’d been praying for only one individual which at the time seemed like the right thing to do but the LORD was telling me there were others just as important as the one I was praying for. This morning I was reminded that the Sower in Jesus’ parable sowed “seeds” not just one seed. When we pray for people we are planting their lives in the fertile soil of God’s heart, but we must remember to plant “seeds” not “seed”.
God’s Joy may not always come when we want it to but it always comes when he gives it!
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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