Friday, July 1, 2011

Take a Stand on Christ During the Difficult Times of Life

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.  -Psalm 18:46 (KJV) 

Psalm 18:46 is a declaration of faith and belief.  David, in his time of trouble, proclaimed the Lord lives and would be his foundation and salvation.  Such faith has no room for hesitancy or indifference.  Rather, such strong faith comes from a made-up mind and a heart totally committed to God.  A great problem I have long observed in people is a lack of foundational beliefs.  To be wishy-washy and uncertain regarding faith in God is to set ourselves up for trouble when the storms of life come.  The Word of God challenges us to take a stand, and be sure the stand is the right one based upon the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Have you ever found yourself in a moment of indecision?  The decision could have been minor, such as what to have for lunch one day.  It could also have been major, involving life-changing results.  In either case to be stranded in indecision is a lonely, frustrating, and unhappy place.  There will be times when the Lord will help us by closing a door thus making the decision for us.  Other times He will allow us to make the decision under His guidance and direction.   

Many years ago before we answered the call to come to Virginia I interviewed with a pulpit committee with a church in my hometown.  During the process I found myself getting excited about the possibility of returning to Ohio and again living close to family and old friends.  However, after the interview the pulpit committee chairman called to inform me they had narrowed the candidates down to two; me and one other person.  They decided on the other guy. 

I was admittedly disappointed, yet also relieved.  God had graciously made the decision for us.  A short time later the Lord opened the door of opportunity here in Virginia and this has been a fruitful and blessed ministry for the last 15 years.  You see, God is faithful, and when we declare Him to be our rock and our salvation He then proves His faithfulness by guiding us through the difficult times and the hard decisions.  Do not despair when you face difficult situations or decisions.  Seek the Lord and declare His faithfulness.  He will then guide you through the process of whatever dilemma or challenge you are facing. 

What sort of hard decision are you facing today?  Take a stand on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.  Proclaim with David, “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.” The Lord indeed lives, and He will see us through and lead us to victory.  

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