Have you being going through wilderness experiences lately? The wilderness is where life seems dry, everything is bleak in appearance and you seem to be going around in circles but never getting anywhere. Perhaps you have been humbled or maybe even worse, you have been totally humiliated. Is your life nothing but one big test, and unfortunately is seems like all the studying that you do doesn’t help you pass? Perhaps you even felt that you were tested and tried beyond what you thought you could bare? Do not be dismayed God is able to work even through these situations. In fact, He promises to work in those situations, He promises to work to produce good things. Deut. 8:16 says that it was the Lord “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.” In all that you are going through, as we learn to draw upon the strength of God, as we allow ourselves to become more like Him, as our values more clearly reflect His values, then we will see God working to do good. The good that He does will be in us, He will touch others through us, and there will be the increase of His Kingdom. In so doing, God will more clearly establish His covenant upon the earth.
Lord open our eyes that we would see all that we are going through as that which will produce good things in us, in others and in your kingdom. May we willing submit our lives to you, expecting you to do that which is good.
Hi Pastor Keith. Just to let you know that I have been reading your posts when I am able. I appreciate the simple way you bring clarity to scripture and it’s application to life’s way. I had to comment today. It is good to be reminded that our focus is not to be on our self, circumstance and situations but to look to our Father who knows each one of us who call Him by name and knows the beginning from the end and therefore need fear nothing that should beset us, which is common to all men. I have learned lately to ask the question at each situation, “What are you going to do with what you have?” The choice is to worry or to trust. To do all that we can and give it to Him and then to stand in His presence, exercising our faith that He will do what He will do to His glory. We then will be blessed with His benefits that exceed the worlds. Thanks for the reminder.
Yes, Cindy, those are the right questions, of how will we resopnd during this situation.