Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Once upon a time, perhaps not so long ago, or maybe even now this was or is an entry in our prayer journal. God, “I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse! Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn; build me up again by your Word.” (Psalm 119:25–28, The Message)
“Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.” For me that sentence is a request for God to take me inside those things that make us feel “terrible-I couldn’t feel worse,” (storms that pound us). What happens within those storms trying to wipe us out? Do words like, worry, fear, hopelessness, discouragement, depression sound familiar? While one or all of them accompany us in every storm we encounter we never face or walk in them alone, never!
You are probably familiar with the following Old Testament story illustrating that we are never alone even though at times it seems that way. “When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.”
We know what it’s like to suddenly find ourselves walking headlong into a storm. In my case I remember sitting on a hospital bed and hearing a heart surgeon telling me I would need quadruple bypass surgery. Even though I felt great a cold wind began blowing, lightening flashed, thunder roared, and I found myself where Elisha’s servant was. However, as people began praying for me the rest of the story began unfolding.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:15–17, NLT)
God loves to take dilapidated falling-down barns and not just restore them to their old beauty but to his beauty! All we need to is to ask and exercise our faith.
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 LEB)
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