|Would you be able to recognize the Lord if He passed by you in your storm?|
But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish. Psalm 9:18 (NIV)
Still in the final weeks of the semester and three more tests...but I wanted to drop a note to say hi to everyone. Sometimes when we're in the midst of our darkest times in life---storms or trials, it's comforting to know that the Lord will pass by us, just like He did with his disciples--who were in the little fishing boat, in the darkest of the night, while a storm was raging all around them. The Lord passed by them, walking on the water, probably with the intention of them to recognize and call out TO Him. However, they feared Him, thinking He was a ghost! He had just calmed the seas not long before that, and earlier the day before had fed the multitudes of people....all while the disciples were there, handing out the baskets of food. (Mark 6:45-52)
Has the Lord brought you through a difficult time in the past and it strengthened your faith? Certainly He has done this for me and my family! However, why is it that when another storm rages, and the skies are darker than ever, we tend to "LOSE HOPE" ??? Ever had that sinking feeling? I'm sure the disciples did too!
I wrote those two words down the other night...and just looked at those letters....and that's when the Holy Spirit began to minister to my heart. I hope to be able to share what He revealed to me in a clear way so that you too will receive a blessing.
L O S E H O P E What happens when we lose hope? Actually what CAUSES us to lose hope? Well....take the letters L and S from the word LOSE. When we Look at our Situation with (and here's the O and E) Our Eyes----with Our Eyes! Look at the Situation with Our Eyes, and we'll probably lose hope.
Look at the word HOPE now: When we put Our Expectation in His Promises we receive HOPE. Faith is Our Expectation in His Promises ~and this brings HOPE!
No matter the circumstances we're going through, let's stop Looking at the Situation with Our Eyes, and place Our Expectation in His Promises! I can guarantee that THIS will bring HOPE to any heart that has lost all hope.
|This storm you're in could be a test. The Maker of all Creation is walking on the stormy sea! |
He's passing by---do you recognize Him and call out to Him for Help and HOPE?
I know that the letters aren't in any special order...but the lesson's there. Maybe it's just like in life: we can't always LOOK at it with our common-sense-eyes, but have a little faith that sooner or later He'll make GOOD SENSE out of ALL of this! :)
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dear Father, forgive me for looking at our situation with my eyes. I place my Expecation in Your Promises to take good care of us....thank You for teaching me these lessons, even when I feel the "situation" is far from the best. Under the direction of Your Holy Spirit, Paul reminds us...urges us to give thanks, in everything... He was in prison...He didn't wait til You released him to give thanks, nor did he give up HOPE~for his expectation was in Your Promises! And You Honor Your Word. I believe that You ARE. You stay true to Your Word, for this is Who You are! Thank You for "passing by" me the other night, and wanting me to RECOGNIZE YOU in this storm. I do! And I call out to You, for my expectation is in You.
In Jesus' name, Amen.