Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
What to do when you don’t know what to do…
Even though the story of David and Goliath took place thousands of years ago in a distant land it is a story that plays itself over and over in our live only the Goliath we face does not necessarily breathe and have a heartbeat. For example a couple of weeks ago a very close friend of ours was involved in a serious car accident which nearly cost him his life. As Patti and I sat with both of them and talked about the accident and the subsequent chaos their lives were being thrown into suddenly I realized they were facing a Goliath neither of them wanted to face.
One of the ways we normally react when suddenly we find ourselves facing our own Goliath is to ask ourselves, “What am I going to do now?” or “Where do I go from here?” As experienced Christians our normal reaction is to turn to God. That is what our friends Bonnie and Jon did, they called and asked for prayers. That is what Jeremiah was suggesting when he wrote, “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.” (Lamentations 3:28–30, The Message)
“Wait for hope to appear.” Don’t you just love waiting? NOT! Waiting on God for me was like holding a 10 gallon pail of water over a small candle and waiting and watching for it to boil! I used to think waiting was a waste of time but I don’t think that way anymore. Waiting gives me time to shake off my agenda, it gives me time to think about how much I need and depend on God, it gives me time to humble myself and prepare for the blessed invasion of the Holy Spirit that WILL COME.
Do you know how much courage it takes to not run from trouble but instead “take it full-face”? It takes the same amount of courage it took for Jesus to turn his face toward Jerusalem and the cross. I suspect if given the chance to ask Jesus where he got that amount of courage he would say, “I got it from my Father in Heaven.”
When we are waiting on what God has to offer “The “worst” is never the worst,” because Jesus is the BEST God has to offer!
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.” (1 Peter 1:4, CEV)
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