TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
(Jer 12:5 NKJV)
"If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,
Then how can you contend with horses?
And if in the land of peace,
in which you trusted, they wearied you,
then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?"
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
What a thought God gives us today today from His Word in Jer. 12:5. If we cannot maintain focus on God and run with endurance when things in our lives are just in a "busy" mode, how can we expect to hold on to faith and still grow in our relationship with God when storms hit, and there is complete chaos?
TODAY’S INSIGHT INTO HIS WORD:
God will often times give us short seasons of "weather" just to help strengthen us for the battles ahead. Today if things start seeming to be as if it is just one thing after another, take a moment, close your eyes and let God refocus you.
Remind yourself that in this too, Jesus has walked. When grieving for the loss of John the Baptist, He sought quietness but instead was flooded with multitudes. Everywhere He turned around there was another hurting person pleading for help. But Jesus maintained inner strength and continued to be thankful and was able to feed everyone. He didn't fall apart at the seams. Why? How was He able to do this? Because He never lost focus on God. He let God feed Him spiritually everyday and it sustained Him during the difficulties that came.
My friend, life is not always just going to be "handed to us." When you think about it, even when the Israelites prepared to cross the Jordan River into the land God had promised them-- they had to go in and "take it." God's people didn't just cross the river quietly and move into homes sitting there vacant waiting for them. God told His people, "Go and take it, for I have given it to you", but the thing was-- there were still people living there. God's people had to go up and TAKE what God had promised to deliver into their hands. They had to rest in the belief that God was with them, and that victory was already theirs, BECAUSE God had promised. They were not to give up. They were to sustain until they had finished what God wanted them to do.
In Joshua 10, when the people from Gibeon were under attack, they called for help. Since the Israelites had made a treaty with them, they were expected to go and help. The problem was the Israelites had to march all night long to get there! And when morning came they were faced with a battle, they were not given time to rest. But the Lord gave them instructions: So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. And the Lord said to Joshua, "Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you." Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal (Josh 10:7-9 NKJV). How were Joshua's men able to do this? Because little by little, God had been preparing them.
Before coming into ministry, I had a retail gift store. I also made gift baskets from the items in the store for people. A lot of times the customers would want to visit while I made the baskets, so I had a couch set up over in one part of the store, and I always had a full coffee pot that customers could help themselves too. What is interesting is that many times I would find myself sitting on the couch with them and visiting; and often times they would want to pray. What I didn't know was that God was slowing preparing me for my role in ministry, and I never knew it.
My friend, if God calls you to something, know that in some way He has prepared you for it-- even if you didn't know it. Look back at some of the storms you have gone through... can you see where God was actually strengthening you for things to come? Know too, that if God sends you; then go at a steady pace. Do the work He gives you, but stay focused on Him everyday. Take time to build and grow in your relationship with Him in the smooth sailing seas, so when high wind and challenges come, you can withstand. And then you too will be able to say:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,
let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before
Him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
(Heb. 12:1-3 NASB)
PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, thank You for Your word You have given us today. Lord, may we too, lay aside every encumbrance that would so easily entangle us, so that we can run the race set before us with endurance. Lord, help us to fix our eyes upon You. And let us not forget that Jesus has gone before us enduring all things so that He could be obedient to You, and is now sitting at your right hand. Lord, help us to be able to do the work You have given us to do, in a manner that will honor and glorify you.
Father, I lift this reader who is with me up to you. Lord, I pray that You will strengthen them for what is ahead. Lord, help them not to give up, or to become so weary that they fall short of what You have called them to do. Lord, I pray that You will place their feet on solid ground and that You will help them should they stumble.
In Christ Jesus Name,
~ My friend, have a blessed day.