“For we walk by faith; not by sight.” ~
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
I have been trying to lose a few pounds. I have been watching what I eat, trying to eat better and less and drinking more water. I have also started walking – preparing to run again. One day last week I stepped on the scales and discovered I wasn’t making much progress. I thought to myself…I’m going to just quit trying. It didn’t do any good so why bother.
Then the Lord brought this scripture to my mind. My trying to get healthier is a process not a one day, one week deal. So I must have faith that what I am doing will bring the results I want eventually. One look at the scales does not mean things aren’t changing for the better.
That applies to our spiritual life as well.
Just because we can’t see everything the Lord is doing in us and around us does not mean that changes are not taking place.
We just have to keep walking with Him. We have to keep our focus on who He is and not worry about what we see or don’t see.
He will be in control of our lives if we let Him. When Jesus is in control of our lives…all things will be better than just OK…they will be awesome.
My prayer is that my walk and life are controlled by Jesus…that I not worry about what I can and cannot see but focus on the hope I have in Christ…that people around me know Who it is I walk with. How about you?
“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” Psalm 39:7 (NKJV)
Where are you?
How is your spiritual walk going?
Are you on the mountain top with everything going just the way you hoped?
Are you in a dry and deserted place trying to hear the voice of God?
I have to admit that waiting is not my strong suit. I am a planner. I have lists for everything. So if something doesn’t work out the way I had planned it can throw me off. Waiting, whether I’m on the mountain or in a desert, is just difficult for me.
I don’t like that part of me and it is something God is working on with me. I have to remember that no matter what He is in control.
Why? Because sometimes ‘waiting’ is exactly where He wants us. For what reason? Waiting can mean more time to study His word. It can mean more time spent in communion with Jesus. It can be the one thing we need to get through the next storm. Waiting can be the difference between standing tall in the strength of the Lord and falling flat on our faces.
My prayer is that I ‘wait’ on the Lord in all things…that when I am ‘waiting’ I can use that time to grow closer in my relationship with Jesus…that I can encourage others who may be in a ‘waiting’ status in the Lord. How about you?
Like a Tree
Daniel 3:17 (AMP) 17 If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
Fiery furnace… Trials and tribulations… Having a bad day, week, month, year… Life has a way of jumping up and ‘biting’ you when you least expect it.
Bit of trivia for you. Did you know that the big ponderosa pines and giant Sequoia have a unique way of getting their seeds into the ground? Now this is not a great scientific dissertation and I am paraphrasing quite a bit, but if you want you can look it up and find out it’s true.
The seeds of these trees are locked inside the pine cones and do you know what ‘unlocks’ the cones? Heat…Fire… It takes a forest fire for the cones to open up and release the seeds so that new trees can grow. It is amazing to me how something in nature can be a parallel for our walk with Jesus.
We were never promised an easy time in our relationship with Jesus. In fact, He stated that – hey, the people hate me so you should know they will hate you. (my paraphrase). But when something in life throws us for a loop or seems to knock us of our axis, we can just look God’s word and to the locked pine cones.
Going through the fire isn’t easy but with Jesus we will come out of it better than we were before. A new ministry could be grown. A deeper understanding of who God is can be found. There are a myriad of things that we can learn when we are going through the fire.
Believe it or not, just like the 3 Hebrew children, we won’t smell like smoke, nothing will be singed and people around us will notice the favor of God in our lives.