Our Hope is in Him

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” 
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 

From Psalm 91

Yesterday I was reading in Ezekiel.  This is what I read in chapter 24:

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes. Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears. 17 Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners." 18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died.”

Say what? The prophet’s wife died? AND Ezekiel was told not to cry? We are confounded…and confused…at what God is doing or allowing sometimes. We simply do not know why God allows bad things to happen. We face situations where the enemy is not tossing darts…he is shooting weapons of mass destruction our way. Have you ever felt like that? Right now I am facing that situation. But I am not alone, nor does God intend for me to be harmed.

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   Jeremiah 29:11. 

When we face these problems, the enemy thinks he is winning.  We go through the wilderness but if we hold on to Jesus’s hand, then we are not alone!  We are never alone in these matters.  In fact we are a child of God and we have been chosen for this moment in time to do a special work.  The enemy wants to bring that work down.  Many of you are facing horrendous attacks right now.  But you know what?  You will come out of this BETTER than before because God is doing a new work in you!  Isaiah 43:19 tells us  so in this verse, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  He guides us in the wilderness, we just have to hold His hand.

He is the one that is creating the path..and so He is the one we follow.  We do not look to ourselves or other men for help, we lay all burdens at the feet of the One who has already bore them, our Savior and Redeemer and King….Jesus Christ, Son of the living God!  

1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast ALL our cares upon Him!  Not some…but all!  We are not to take things into our own hands.  When we have insinuations…innuendos….and accusations thrown our way, we are to rejoice!  In fact, we are to pray for those who are hurting us.  Do you do this?  We are commanded to!  Oh and get this…we are to rejoice about it!

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Finally, know that while we may be going through one of the fiercest battles of our lives in the spirit realm, we have angels as protection.  Humongous fierce angels that would shrivel us if we could see them!  And they are sent to HELP us!  The Lord has shielded me from visions and dreams that would reveal what is going on.  Thank you Jesus!  I KNOW that this is one of the reasons I am not gifted with these things.  And my heart is glad for it.  I truly do rejoice at this time because I know God has something better waiting for me. So how can we be thankful in the midst of a storm?  Yesterday’s devotional reading (April 16) included this Message from the devotional Jesus Calling:

When you criticize or complain, you are acting as if you think you could run the world better than I do.  From your limited human perspective, it may look as if I’m mismanaging things.  But you don’t know what I know or see what I see.  If I pulled back the curtain to allow you to view heavenly realms, you would understand much more.  However, I have designed you to live by faith, not by sight.  I lovingly shield you from knowing the future or seeing into the spirit world.  Acknowledge My sovereignty by giving thanks in all circumstances.”

There are Bible verses that direct us to do exactly that…give thanks in all things.  So when these problems occur, look to Him.  Remember Ezekiel and what he had to go through, and consider your burdens light.  And then just give them to God for He is our Creator and knows us best.  He has told us to stand in Him.   We have come way too far and are so much closer to the Almighty, that we know to stay hidden under His wings.  So we are hidden but standing in the Lord.

I leave you with His final directive:

1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

" And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him ."

Genesis 5:24