1 Kings 21:4 (HCSB) So Ahab went to his palace resentful and angry because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had told him. He had said, “I will not give you my fathers’ inheritance.” He lay down on his bed, turned his face away, and didn’t eat any food.
Question is a tad provocative, don’t you think?
For some being irate is a response when asked the above question and for others it’s a ‘nose in the air’ type of response as if to say – ‘I never get that way!’.
I can say with ALL honesty ~ there are times that I do. Not pretty…not proud of it…but I know it is something my Lord is still working on.
If you reread the verse above you can just feel the emotion and irritation that Ahab had because he didn’t get what he wanted. He went to bed. He wouldn’t talk to anyone. He didn’t want to eat his supper. Well BOO HOO! ☺
I guess my main point is that we, as Christians, get that way with God sometimes. We ask Him for something – He says no or wait and we get all huffy wanting to throw ourselves on the floor and pitch a fit. We refuse to listen for His reasoning instead wanting our will not His. I have to tell you – that can get you into lots of trouble. (Know from experience.)
Trust! That’s what it all boils down too. Trust! If we don’t get exactly what we want, when we want it, we need to take a step back and allow God to strengthen us in the waiting. One of the greatest opportunities we have is to draw closer to Jesus when we are in the ‘wait’ mode. God will definitely never let us down! That’s His promise!
James 1:12 (NIV) 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
James says that, ‘blessed is the man who perseveres’.
The verse doesn’t say the one who never fails…who doesn’t fall…who doesn’t go around in circles, but the one who perseveres. To persevere is to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep fighting for something, to keep on keeping on even when you may not feel like there is any hope. Because in Christ Jesus there is always Hope!
“I am blessed…everyday, in every way. I am blessed. God has been so good to me. He’s never failed me…He’s never let me down. All I can say…I am blessed.”
I woke up singing that song and I know God put that song in my heart during the night. I have been struggling with my own trial lately. Sometimes I feel like I am about to reach the ‘end’ of the tunnel and then I can see that it is a little longer than I thought. But when I woke up singing this song…I knew that no matter what is going on all around me…I am blessed! God is my strength and my song! And no matter how I feel – my perseverance…my keep on keeping on…will be worth everything when I get to see Jesus face to face, when I get to spend 5 minutes at His feet.
My prayer is that no matter what comes my way I never give up the hope I have in Jesus…that each day I not forget how blessed I am because of my Lord and Savior…that in some way I can make a difference in the life of someone else so that they too will know they are well and truly blessed by God. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.
Exodus 15:2 (NIV) 2 The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
This week I started training for my first 5K run on October 17th. That’s 3.1 miles…3.1 miles! (Anyone that knows me and is reading this is going, ‘what is she…nuts!’ ‘She’s not in shape, she’s not strong enough.’ ‘She’ll pass out from lack of oxygen within the first 15 minutes’.) Well right now, at this moment they’re correct – I’m not in shape. But I found this program and if I follow the instructions and do what it tells me to do, I will at the end of almost 3 months be able to run 3.1 miles in about 60 minutes. (My goal is to do it in about 45 minutes.)
In our spiritual life, who is our strength? In one word…Jesus! How do we gain in His strength, how do we get into the shape He desires us to be in? By following His commands, by living our lives the way He desires us to. He has the program all written out for us. We have the examples of many men and women in the Bible of what to do and what not to do. It isn’t hard to figure out all…all we have to do is read His instructions – the Bible. And if we obey His word, we will become stronger and stronger in Christ until we get to our ultimate goal. Christ in us until there is nothing left of ourselves. Then all we will see in the mirror is a reflection of Him!
My prayer is that each day I become stronger in the Lord…that I never forget exactly where my strength comes from…that my life is a testimony of the joy and peace found in the strength of the Lord. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.