May 8 2018

Ready, Set…..Wait

Psalm 106:11-14 
The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left. Then they believed His words; they sang His praise. They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, but craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. 

The above verses speak of the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness.  It speaks of the great deliverance that God brought from the Egyptians at the Red Sea.  And as with the Hebrews, what mighty works the Lord has done in our lives.  The forgiveness of our sin through His death on the cross and the fellowship we have with Him through it.  Many of us can speak of healings we have seen through His Spirit, the casting out of demons, the changed lives of those we have been praying for, the peace of having Him in our lives leading and guiding.  Great and mighty things we have seen from His hand.  

How is it then that we often, like the Israelites, when we face new and difficult circumstance, forget the awesome things of the Lord that we have seen.  We question whether or not He is in this particular situation or why He seemingly is not doing anything in it.  We then do not wait on His counsel and try and work things out for ourselves, not relying on His Spirit but rather the arm of flesh, desiring or even lusting after a result or a thing.   It was because of the Hebrews grumbling in the desert and their lack of belief in the promises of God that all but two of them died before entering the promise land.  They entered because they were set, or steadfast in the promises and ways of God. 

We too can miss His best for our lives if we complain and doubt when we face various trials and tribulations, seeking to get out of them without waiting on the counsel of God, forgetting the things He has done for us in the past. Let us remember that we can trust that He uses all things for good for those who love Him, that is keep His commandments, no matter what we face today (Romans 8:28; I John 5:3).  Wait upon the Lord in your circumstance, allowing Him to teach you as much as possible in the midst of the trial rather than missing out on His work in you (Philippians 1:6).  Set up a reminder as Joshua did in Joshua 4:6-7 to reminding you of the faithfulness of God.  Remember His works when you enter into tribulation knowing that He remains the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5).  Remember His promise when things look bad as they did to the Israelites, when He has said in Isaiah 46:4 "Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you!  I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you."  He is.  And He is working in your circumstances as you trust in Him! 

Ready yourself by knowing His promises made to you in His word.  Set your mind on the things of God, being steadfast in His ways.  Then wait on His counsel, in His time, to bring you into the land of His promise to you! 

Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I John 5:3- For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

Philippians 1:6-For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Joshua 4:6-7- "Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?' then you shall say to them, 'Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off ' So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever."

Hebrews 13:8- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you."

Hebrews 13:5 -  .....I will never desert you, nor will I forsake you.

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