A string of generally related, Scripture-dripping thoughts from the last few days.
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
“Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.”
So we read during Leadership meeting Sunday night.
“The Lord calls us to look beyond our own circumstances and to find joy in who He is and not what he might be doing for us at a particular time.”
I was reminded of the a passage in Corrie Ten Boom’s A Hiding Place. When Corrie and her sister Betsy arrive in a concentration camp, they discover that their beds are covered in lice. Corrie despairs, but Betsy bows her head and thanks God for the lice.
Several weeks later they find that they have been able to conduct Bible studies without interference because the camp guards didn’t want to brave the lice.
God is good, God is faithful, and He uses even the lice to His purposes.
My group of leaders shared our prayer requests, each of us saying, I don’t know where God is taking this situation, but I will give glory to Him.
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
I love that. Earlier Habakkuk asks for help, and here he says, “I don’t care if every single thing goes wrong. I will praise the Lord.”
The famous Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego express the same faith just before Nebuchadnezzar throws them into the furnace.
Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, o king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods.
BRH sings a beautiful song called I Am (I think) that sings out the names of God. Often, I think, God avoids giving us the yes or no answer we expected, but instead gives us The Answer: Himself, His great Name.
“I Am. I Am the God of Jacob. I Am the Alpha and Omega. I Am the Lion of Judah. I Am the Son of Man. I Am the Rock of Ages. I Am the Lord who Heals. I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I Am the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I Am.”
And that is all I need. Though life is stressful and confusing, I know that all of my questions have answers in the great I Am.