Sunday, April 10, 2011

Facing our Problems in God’s Power

Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD had said he would destroy you.  I prayed therefore unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, destroy not thy people and thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand.  -Deuteronomy 9:25, 26 (KJV) 

As we read in the Bible about those who dedicated themselves to serving the Lord we see a definite pattern.  The saints of old such as Moses were extremely disciplined in their approach to serving God.  They took seriously their calling, they prayed, sought the Lord, and were willing to do what the Lord commanded.  God’s Word filled Moses’ heart; as a result his life became a testimony to the grace of God.  He was by no means perfect and like us, had his faults and failures.  However, he made seeking the Lord and communing with Him a top priority.  Follow this example and we will move deeper into our relationship with the Lord and the result will be every area of our lives is positively affected.   

What sorts of problems are burdening you today?  The Spirit of God leads us to trust Him and place the problem, whatever it may be, in God’s hands.  Try to handle life’s problems in our own strength and we quickly become frustrated and discouraged.  Face the problems in God’s power and we discover peace, calm, and joy we might never have known possible.  I read a story about a ship out at sea on a night which was shrouded in dense fog.  As the ship neared the coastline the captain saw the light of another ship heading straight for them.  He sent a message on the radio telling the other ship to change course.  There was no response.  He sent another message, this one more urgent, yet still there was no response.  In exasperation the captain shouted into the radio, “We are about to collide; change your course!” The reply came; “You change your course.  This is a lighthouse, and we cannot move or change course!” 

During the dark night of our problems and uncertainty we too can easily panic and begin to look for any solution we think might bring resolution.  The Lord’s invitation to us is to trust Him, for He cannot be moved and He will see us through the storm.  Do not allow panic to set in.  Instead, look to Jesus Christ, for He cannot be moved and He will not change.  He will be with us through the darkest night. 

The Lord invites us, is calling us, to spend time communing with Him every day.  Seek the Lord in prayer, and set aside time each day, before anything else, and meditate on His Holy Word.  Spiritual power and victory for daily living will be yours.

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