Sunday, September 1, 2013

Delivered by the Hand of God

My heart overflows with a good theme...
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
Psalm 45:1 (NASB) 
   As I sit here to write this article I am so overwhelmed by the events I've read so far this year in my daily Bible reading.  I am amazed at the situations people either got themselves in or were put in by others.  And in every case they were delivered by the hand of God but only when they called on Him and put their trust in Him completely.  However, the deliverance didn't always come overnight.  Many people walked through some pretty tough stuff and for quite a long while.  Probably some of them may have thought that when deliverance came it may be too late.  But those of you who have walked with the Lord for any length of time know that God may be later than we might want Him to be but He is always right on time. 
   He knows the end from the beginning and we just know part of what we can see in front of us.  Isn't it amazing that we adults have such a hard time trusting that God has 'it all' under control?  We really should be the ones, since many of us are parents and lead our children in directions that will be for their benefit since we have a bit of insight into growing up, because we've seen some of the same scenarios.  Well, why can't we, adults, like our children, learn to trust that God already has a handle on everything?  He's been there and seen many of His children go through similar events and He has seen them through.  He is well able to take us through every event that would occur in our lives and give us the land He has promised.
   I encourage you to always look to Jesus, who truly is the author and finisher of our faith.  The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God.  He also gives us a great promise in that every person has been given the same measure of faith.  We just have to exercise that faith we've been given.  We'll then see God's hand at work in ways that we may have only thought was a bit of 'wishful thinking'.  Allow that 'wishful thinking' to develop into God's vision for not only your life but the vision for your future generations keeping in mind that He is coming back for a Bride that is madly in love with her Groom.  The Bride of Christ, the Church, is on a journey and will reach her destination as she looks unto Jesus, her author and finisher.  This author created her and will finish her into the most beautiful thing the world has ever seen.  In saying that we know that the more beautiful a jewel the more aggressive the cleansing, buffing, etc.  Let's remember that when the going seems tough the Lord is doing His most precious work on our lives.
   May the Lord richly bless you in all you put your hand to for Him.  May He lead you into paths of righteousness and keep your foot from stumbling so that you may be that witness those around you are looking for.  Always point to Jesus, who is God's Son and our Savior.
In His Love & Service,

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