We have to wait!

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Oct 092017
 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Jairus was a well-known, powerful, wealthy individual who was the head of the local synagogue. When his 12-year-old daughter, his only child, was in great need, he sought out Jesus to heal her.

We don’t know whether Jairus was a believer in Jesus.
As the head of the synagogue, he would have been a religious man.

He probably had heard about Jesus.
Maybe he had already put his faith in Him.

But Jairus believed that Jesus could save his daughter’s life.
So he went and found the Lord and begged Him to heal his daughter.
He placed his complete trust in Jesus.

But as they were on the way to his house-
– the news came that his daughter had died.

The reason they did not get to his daughter more quickly was because a woman in need of healing came along and touched Jesus, and He stopped and demanded to know who it was that touched Him.

Yet Jairus did not complain.
Rather, he committed himself to Jesus, believing that God knew what He was doing.
His faith was dramatic, especially because at this particular time in Jesus’ ministry,

He had not raised anyone from the dead.
Granted, He had healed people.
But there had been no resurrections.

Jairus had to wait.
We have to wait!

A lot of us grow impatient with God.
In our impatience, we can foolishly take things into our own hands and make them far worse.

Know this:
God’s delays are not necessarily His denials.

We need to wait on the Lord.
God’s timing is just as important as His will.

He doesn’t ask for us to understand.
He just asks us to trust.

(PA)

Sep 112017
 

As Lazarus was dying, his sisters urgently called for Jesus to come. John 11:1-6.

Imagine how their grief must have compounded-
– when He didn’t instantly respond to their request.

God’s silence is-
– difficult
to accept!

We want Him to leap into action at our call-
– particularly if we are hurting or afraid.

But since He promises to meet our needs-
– we can be sure that a silence from heaven has purpose.

God’s silence-
– expects us to admit!

The disciples knew that Jesus could heal, so they must have wondered why He delayed instead of rushing to His friend’s bedside.

But the Lord wanted them to witness something even greater:
His power over death.

They had been confused by His statements about conquering death, and they needed to understand that He could fulfill His own resurrection prophecies. Mark 9:31-32.

The miracle at Lazarus’s tomb was part of their preparation.

God’s silence-
– teaches us to anticipate!

Mary and Martha sent word of Lazarus’s illness because they anticipated the Lord would heal him.

But if that expectation was not met, would their faith waver?

Martha answered the question by stating that she believed Jesus was “the Christ, the Son of God.” John 11:21-27.

The women’s trust was rewarded with a stunning miracle: their brother’s return to life.

At times, the only thing we can hear when we pray is our own breathing.
That can be frustrating and frightening.

But Scripture says God is always with us, and His silence won’t last forever. Psalms 38:15; Heb. 13:5.

Cling to those promises as you seek the purpose behind His silence!

(PA)​

Patience is power!

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Sep 042017
 

You’ve been walking by faith.

You’ve been believing God to meet your need.

But-
– what do you do when the results seem slow in coming.
And you are tempted to give up?

Be patient!

There is not much said about patience these days.

But-
When it comes to receiving from God, it is just as important as faith.

It will make the difference between success and failure for you.

Patience undergirds and sustains faith until the result is manifested.

After you have meditated on the promises of God and have them in your spirit, patience will encourage you to hold steady.

Patience is power!

It has the courage to refuse the lie of Satan that says the Word is not working for you.

It knows that God’s Word has never failed.

Patience will not draw back in fear!

But will press forward in faith until you have the answer.

When the results of your faith seem slow in coming-

Don’t give up!

Continue to put the Word first, with patience!

And you will surely receive the promise of God!!

(PA)

There is no short cut!

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Sep 032017
 

Our Lord is constantly taking us into the dark, that He may tell us things.

Into the dark of the shadowed home, where bereavement has drawn the blinds;

– into the dark of the lonely, desolate life, where some infirmity closes us in from the light and stir of life;

– into the dark of some crushing sorrow and disappointment.

Then He tells us His secrets, great and wonderful, eternal and infinite;

He causes the eye which has become dazzled by the glare of earth to behold the heavenly constellations;

and the ear to detect the undertones of His voice,

– which is often drowned amid the tumult of earth’s strident cries.

But such revelations always imply a corresponding responsibility–

– ‘that speak ye in the light–that proclaim upon the housetops.”

We are not meant to always linger in the dark,

or stay in the closet;

– presently we shall be summoned to take our place in the rush and storm of life;

– and when that moment comes,

– we are to speak and proclaim what we have learned.

This gives a new meaning to suffering!

– the saddest element in which is often its apparent aimlessness.

“How useless I am!”

“What am I doing for the betterment of men?”

“Wherefore this waste of the precious spikenard of my soul?”

Such are the desperate laments of the sufferer.

But God has a purpose in it all.

He has withdrawn His child to the higher altitudes of fellowship,

– that he may hear God speaking face to face,

– and bear the message to his fellows at the mountain foot.

Were the forty days wasted that Moses spent on the Mount,

– or the period spent at Horeb by Elijah,

– or the years spent in Arabia by Paul?

There is no short cut to the life of faith-

– which is the all-vital condition of a holy and victorious life.

We must have periods of lonely meditation and fellowship with God.

That our souls should have their mountains of fellowship, their valley of quiet rest beneath the shadow of a great rock, their nights beneath the stars, when darkness has veiled the material and silenced the stir of human life, and has opened the view of the infinite and eternal, is as indispensable as that our bodies should have food.

“Some hearts, like evening primroses, open more beautifully in the shadows of life.”

(PA)

Jul 302017
 

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13). 

These words contain God’s command to the believer-

– when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties.

He cannot retreat;

He cannot go forward;

He is shut upon the right hand and on the left.

What is he now to do?

God’s Word to him is “stand still.”

It will be well for him if, at such times, he listens only to his Lord’s Word-

– for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions.

Pessimism whispers, “Lie down and give up.”

But God would have us put on a cheerful courage.

And even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.

Phobia says, “Retreat; go back to Egypt; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.”

But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you-

– you cannot follow him, if you are a child of God.

What if for a while you are called to stand still; yet this is but to renew your strength for some greater advance in due time.

Precipitancy cries, “Do something; stir yourself; and waiting is sheer idleness.”

We must be doing something at once–we must do it, so we think–instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.

Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle.”

But faith hears God say:

“Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands.

“Stand still!”

Keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice!

God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward!’

In times of uncertainty, wait.

Always, if you have any doubt, wait.

Do not force yourself to any action.

If you have a restraint in your spirit-

– wait until all is clear,

– and do not go against it.

Wait for His Word!

You shall go forward!!

(PA)