Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.
Psalm 106:48; 107:43 (NLT)
Where I live, winter is long, cold, dark and most of the time very wet, a season of dormancy with little evidence of life. However, underneath all the snow covered soil, deep within the caves and hollow logs you will find sleeping, but very much alive creatures waiting and watching for the finger of God to press upon them “the hour to awaken has come!” The Biblical truths gleaned from nature’s cycles of life all point to the same truth! God is not dead! He neither slumbers nor sleeps and He never forgets His promise.
In this week’s closing Psalms of 106-107, the cause, choices and consequences of God’s forgetful and rebellious people are written in great and graphic detail. Our ancestors forgot God’s many acts of kindness. They forgot His mighty acts of rescue from their enemies, redemption from their foes and they forgot who their Savior was. They wouldn’t wait for His godly counsel but traded their glorious God for a statue of a grass-eating bull. What made them so careless? The same sin of all mankind: unbelief in His absolute Word and not believing that absolute goodness of living IN His presence. The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe His promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in their tents and refused to obey the Lord (Psalm 106:24 NLT). Oh, the awful sin of disbelief: Yahweh won’t be who He says He is – ENOUGH!
Yes, winter is long, watching is tedious, waiting is exasperating and worship involves sacrifice. But, remember, the Father has promised to receive every sacrifice, hear every cry, save every tear. He already has a plan for every unseen answer to every prayer. From everlasting to everlasting He lives, He loves, and He is the light that shines in the darkness. Is it important that I remember this truth? You better believe it! From Genesis to Revelation death comes when all mankind chooses to forget He is absolute love, goodness, truth and life. When even one decibel of our hearing is tuned towards the lies of His archenemy, words like “God doesn’t really mean what He says. He is withholding something good from you. You cannot trust Him. Go ahead and do it on your own,” we are in trouble! Sin is crouching at our door!
Two evenings ago I was writing in my journal. “Jesus, I have a bad case of the ‘I’m tired-of’s.’” I proceeded to list all that I was tired of. I didn’t even have the chance to answer myself. Jesus interrupted; ‘Linda, you are about to begin the new season of spring. In man’s time, on March 20th you begin the start of the new E-news “Spring’s Revival: The Beauty of Renewed Life!” You need not wait for spring. I have no calendar. Be renewed now in the presence of the One who is revival.’”
No wave, worry, or will, can change the reality of WHO JESUS IS! ENOUGH! Remember, it is always darkest before the dawn. Stand on His promises! Look to His light! Remain in His love! Listen for His voice saying “awake” and live. Faith will become sight! Spring is always just around the corner.
no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!
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