APRIL 23 – 29, 2017
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” (Psalm 91:14-16 MSG)
Did you ever get yourself in trouble by your own hands and did not know how to ask the Lord to help you because of guilt or shame? Maybe it was the second or fourth time (or maybe more than the fourth time) it was happening and you thought for sure the Lord would be too disappointed to even listen to you. This thinking has limited too many of God’s people and kept them in a place where they shouldn’t be.
That devil knowing it as a weakness, will continue to bring such situations your way. But the bible says for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, He will rescue them, He will bring them out of trouble, He will honour them, He will cause ALL things (including the trouble they put themselves into with their eyes open wide) to work together for their good.
This reminds me of the story of Abraham in Genesis 12, who on his way to Canaan, detoured into Egypt because there was a famine. At this time, the Lord had called Abraham, and he was in the process of fulfilling that call. At least, at this time He trusted God enough to set off from His father’s house and his country to fulfill God’s call. However, on entering into Egypt, he instructed his wife to say she was his sister so that he would not be killed because of her, if they knew she was his wife. Sarah agreed.
Although Sarah was actually his half sister, this was clearly a deception and a show of lack of trust in God. But God who already chose Abraham was committed to helping Abraham succeed. God stood by Abraham knowing that Abraham was still in the process of trusting Him fully. You know, even though we believe God can do anything for us, sometimes in some situations, it gets so difficult to see how His power to make all things possible would turn around that impossible situation.
The Lord never leaves nor forsakes us. This means that His presence will always be with us and His mercy will always be with us; goodness and mercy! Well, Pharaoh liked Sarah. He gave Abraham plenty (as her brother) for her hand. And Abraham collected o! Pharaoh found out that Sarah was Abraham’s wife. Although the bible doesn’t state how, but I believe God showed up in his room, like He did with King Abimelech in Genesis 20. God appeared to King Abimelech in a dream to tell him Sarah was Abraham’s wife and he needed to return her back to him otherwise he would surely die. Meanwhile, the Lord had already closed up the wombs of all those in the house of Abimelech because of Sarah. I believe Pharaoh had the same visitation from the Lord. In both cases, Abraham left with his wife and many many riches. God not only rescued him, He also threw him a party – honoured with plenty wealth of the Land.
I was taught in high school that the reaction for good action is reward, and the reaction for bad action is punishment. This understanding also affects our walk with God. We expect to be punished when we don’t do as He expects. The Lord is saying to us “don’t let the enemy use that against you, nothing can separate you from my love.” As long as you love God and are called according to His purpose, you cannot disappoint Him enough. He stands right there with you helping you succeed in this life. God needs you to succeed for His purpose to be fulfilled. That’s why He staged a route of escape for us in Romans 8:28 – everything, including the mistakes we make work together for our good. They make a u-turn becoming a blessing to us. Amazing God!!!
Dear Reader, relax when you find yourself in trouble, even the one you put upon yourself. God’s got your back! You’re not a surprise to Him. He knew you would be in that trouble long before you ever got in. Remember, He knows the end from the beginning. He knew you would get in that trouble, but the good news is, He not only beforehand made a way of escape for you, He also planned to throw you a party -an “award ceremony” such that it would appear like your mistake was never a mistake.
God knows your heart. He sees your heart. He knows that you love Him. He knows that you trust Him. He also knows that you have doubts sometimes. He knows that you have fears sometimes. He knows there’s unbelief hanging around sometimes. He knows it is difficult for you to see and understand as He does sometimes. He knows you make mistakes sometimes; huge ones! But He still stands and says to you, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. In times of trouble, I will deliver you, I will lift you up and I will honour you. I will cause you to laugh and dance because I love you.” When God chooses you, He never lets you go. He always focuses on His original intention – the reason He chose.
“Oh, but this is licence to continue in wrong.” You may say. God looks at your heart. This is not for those who use grace to continue in sin. This is for those who love God, and are called according to His purpose. This is for those who worship God in spirit and in truth. Those who truly want to see and understand as God does. So, have you found yourself under with guilt? Don’t let that enemy stagnate you or stop you from moving forward because of that. Draw near to the Lord today, without the need to do something to earn His forgiveness. He is waiting to throw you a party, just like a Father did for his prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).
The hand of God is upon to cause you to succeed in all that you set out to do. Surely, His goodness and mercy follow you everywhere you go. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen! Enjoy the rest of this week unapologetically!!