Unfailing Love

Psalm 94:18

When I said, “My foot is slipping”, your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

It’s beautiful and interesting to me that the writer chose the words “unfailing love” to be what supported him in failure.

Think about it. He could have easily chosen, your power, Lord supported me, or wisdom, or your will, or numerous other attributes of God.

But, No. he chooses unfailing love.

What does that tell me?

That in the midst of confusion, trial, chaos, we may not know His plans; when he will deliver us or even if He will save us from more pain. However, we do know that His love never fails and it is that which supports us… not the knowledge of things to come or a magical fix, just the truth that our Lord loves us through it all!

Follow at a Distance

Joshua 3:3-4

giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits[a] between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

Well, I’m leaving. I’ve been in AZ for the past 17/18 years and this past year I’ve asked the Lord where He wants me to go. He didn’t show me or speak to me about that for months and months.

Like the Israelites in this passage, I knew I couldn’t move until He lead. I had to wait for the ark of the covenant of the Lord to move and then follow it.

He did move! He opened a job up for me in a new place so I followed Him.

This is truly a way I’ve never been before. I truly must follow His lead, if I try to go my own way, I will fail, I will get lost.

The Israelites followed out at a distance.

To me, that means in my situation, not going a head, laying the path at His feet.

I can so easily make my own plans, have my own expectations, but He is the only one who can truly pave the path. So, I must follow a little bit behind, I must allow Him to lead.

His Best Work in the Mud

Do you think God prefers to allow desperate situations to play out so He can show us His glory?

Luke 8:51-56New International Version (NIV)

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her.“Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Why wouldn’t Jesus heal this girl before she died? Why did He wait to raise Lazarus from the dead until after everyone felt hopeless?

I think our Lord allows us to become desperate, discouraged, disheartened, often because who do we look to when there is nothing left? And when our eyes are on Him, He does miraculous things.

I believe God gets a kick out of doing this. I don’t mean He gets enjoyment out of our suffering, but that He delights in surprising us, in pulling us out of the mire, up from the waves.

What is He had healed Lazarus before he died? What if He had healed the girl in Luke as well? Do you think people would have been as amazed, would they have believed without a doubt…. maybe, maybe not.

What I’m saying is, if you feel discouraged, disheartened, that you’re in the worst place possible, don’t worry! Our God thrives in those type of situations. His best work happens when things feel hopeless.

If you need another example, I’ll give you one. God allowed His son to be crucified and dead for 3 days. That was His disciples, family and friends’ worst nightmare, but then, Jesus rose from the dead and became our savior and sacrifice!

So guess what? He’s not worried. He’s ready to work! Just wait for it, you’ll be amazed

Overcome with Fear

Luke 8:35-37 New International Version (NIV)

35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

I know when I read this passage, I am in awe of Jesus’ power and also annoyed at the people for sending him away.

But I read this today and felt that I couldn’t blame these people for fearing Jesus and His power. Look at what His power had just accomplished. Then, I saw how this could apply to all of us.

We forget how powerful God is so often. I think a lot of time, we forget because we don’t see every day the deaf speaking, the lame walking, the demon-possessed being freed (though all of this can still happen). The Lord is the same as He always has been and is still and always will be all-powerful.

What truck me in this passage was the fear of that power. I know I have been afraid of the Lord’s power myself. The Lord can get me through this move to another state, He calls me to a certain vocation, He can get me through a tragedy. There is something scary about that because your comfortable, you like where you are and when God works, usually we are put into faith testing, uncomfortable situations and that terrifies us.

And it should! But, as my Pastor, Des Wadsworth, says, “The safest place is not to be in the center of God’s will, the BEST place to be is in the center of God’s will.”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to “send” Jesus away just because I am afraid of his incredible power. I mean look what that incredible power did for the demon-possessed man: changed his life!