Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Sometimes we struggle to trust God because we base our view of God as if He was like us.
Scriptures of the Day:
“As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.”
“Certainly God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
“Moses told this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and hard labor.”
Perspective. Trust. Faith. Hope. We can say that we have these character attributes, but it is not until we are in the fire that we see what we are made of.
Scripture provides beautiful snap shots of God’s faithful leaders as they faced kidnapping, betrayal, imprisonment, abuse, fear and testing to follow and obey God when the task at hand seemed insurmountable.
God told Joseph ahead of time through dreams that one day he would lead his brothers. He did not know what it meant at the time, but He knew God had spoken. Joseph knew his brothers intended to harm him. He was right, but he did not stop there. Even while in prison, He credited God with any wisdom that He was given and hoped beyond hope that somehow God would make sense of it all. It would take two years for the cupbearer to remember his promise to not forget Joseph. While it seemed like Joseph was forgotten and rotting in prison, God’s promises and plan still stood.
God told Moses ahead of time that Pharaoh would be stubborn and hardhearted. He promised that ultimate deliverance was His plan. Moses fretted and feared, but he kept on putting one foot in front of the other and doing the next obedient thing God called him to do. He kept reciting the promises of God and kept on keeping on. Even though Moses told the people of God that God was going to rescue them, their focus was on their suffering. They could not have hope, for the abuse and hardship extinguished their faith.
God told Daniel what He was going to do ahead of time, too. Daniel’s example of faith even when it went against the law of the land resulted in beautiful fruit and God’s ultimate deliverance.
God consistently has given amazing promises and prophecies and fulfilled them all. That is Who He is. Sometimes we struggle to trust God because we base our view of God as if God was like us.
God is not a man that He should lie, yet when we are waiting for His promises to be fulfilled, we often lose sight of His goodness and promises and begin to give in to fear and despair.
But maybe some would say that God’s promises are not for them. Not according to God’s word. All of His promises are yes and amen for those whose hope is in the LORD, to those who have been called children of God. God is able to help us to overcome our discouragement when we feel forgotten. Those who went before us modeled how we should wait. Being obedient. Meditating on God’s promises. Hoping at all times. Radical faith.
Maybe you are in the desert right now, waiting for God to deliver you. He is able to make a bloom in the desert and to make you fruitful in your suffering. He said it and He will do it as we seek Him in that place and look to our faithful Deliverer! As we look to Him, we begin to forget our troubles and recognize that the deliverance we seek is not all about us. God’s purposes touch the lives all around us, and as we seek His comfort, a testimony is written to help the ones who come behind us to look to their God in times of trouble.
Lord, help us to wait expectantly for You, knowing who You are and trusting in You at all times. You are faithful! You are good! Thank You for your strength and grace in the fire and please encourage all who are waiting now to look to You, for their hope will never be disappointed.