Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Desperation is a call for God…
If you ever needed a reason for anticipating and experiencing God Paul has a good one. “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (Ephesians 5:16, NLT) Eugene Peterson in his Message translation renders “evil days” as “desperate times”. While both are correct I favor the desperate times rendention over evil times because when we anticipate God He answers our anticipation through the Holy Spirit and as we enter into an experiential relationship with God therefore we no longer are desperate, instead ”…we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)
The Psalmist provides us with valuable insight into a life lived in desperation. “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:4–7, NLT)
Because “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God…” desperation becomes absorbed in Hope experience in God and with Hope comes the Patience needed to lean on God until the “fruit” of Hope and Patience become a reality.
I have pulmonary fibrosis which as times causes me to become desperate for enough air to oxygenate both heart and brain. When my lungs cannot supply enough oxygen for both I get chest pains, and light headed. In a way my struggle with pulmonary fibrosis is similar to the life of someone who succumbs to the desperate times in which we live. While there is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis there is a cure for desperation and the cure has a name, Jehovah-Rapha (the LORD that heals). “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.” (Acts 17:24–25, NLT)
Desperate times don’t call for desperate measures, they call for God, a call God that willingly answers!
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”
**Romans 15:13, NLT