Monday, November 9, 2020

Small steps still move you

Small Steps still move you

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run 
and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

At times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you can take another step. You may seem to spend all your time running from crisis to crisis and to be constantly giving your time and energy to others. Your Lord wants to renew your strength and enable you to enjoy the abundant life He intends for you. The key is to wait upon Him to do so.

Our generation does not enjoy waiting. We rush through our lives without stopping to evaluate our activities. Part of God's restorative process is to slow us down and make us listen to Him. As we wait on Him, God will remind us of our utter dependence upon His strength. When we slow down and seek His will, He will reveal His plans.
Biblically, waiting on the Lord is never passive; it is always active. Waiting requires us to cease our own pursuits and give God our complete attention. We may have to give up some of the activities we have allowed to inundate our lives. We may need to take an entire day to sit quietly before the Lord. If we ask Him, God will show us the resources He has provided to help with the work we have been attempting on our own. God may address feelings of guilt that have motivated us to do things that He has not asked us to do. Jesus carried more responsibility than you do. More people needed Him than will ever need you. Yet He was never overwhelmed or inadequate for the task. Now Christ offers to guide you so that you will fulfill your heavenly Father's will and gain the strength necessary for each day (Matt. 11:28).
- Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

This devotional is heavy.  There are those that will be under a heavy load that seems to be too much, and they are quick to say that it's easy for you to say when it comes to resting in Jesus. 

Jesus is there under the heavy loads as well as the not so heavy.  He was with Paul when he received 39 lashes several times, and the times when he was just walking.
He was with Peter in his agony and with him in prison when he was singing to the Lord.  

Jesus's promise to be with us in everything doesn't mean He is going to remove us from what we are in.

Daniel wasn't beamed to his room in the palace.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego weren't wisked away to someplace safe. 

Paul wasn't given a magical glove to keep from being bit by a snake.  John wasn't kept from a death penalty, he, like all others were brought through those things because Jesus was with them.

Now I highly doubt any of them wanted to be in the circumstances they were in.

We are no different in what we face today. 

Technology doesn't make what we face any more or less dangerous than Bible times. 

All the technologies of the world before the Flood saved nobody but that which was used to build the Ark.

It's not a broken record to keep pointing people back to prayer, thankfulness and forgiveness and praise.  It's to be to us who are in Christ as air and food are to the body.

Sometimes indeed God allows events to remove things from our lives.  Sometimes it's people who are removed.  His only Plan and purpose in the life of the believer is to make them more like Christ.  Not to make them like anyone or anything in this world. 

Sometimes the walk with Jesus is only small steps accompanied by lots of rest in between.  During their Discipleship training, all but one thought they had a big future in store in life.  Many, had their career cut short almost immediately after Christ went back to Heaven.  

Many wonder why God allows what appears to be a slow death happen to people who are believers.  The point of those lives is no different than that of believers not experiencing that path. 

One, God is still causing all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. 
Two, He is still saying they are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that He has prepared beforehand that they walk in them. 

Scripture tells us to work while it is still considered 'day' for the night is coming when no one will be able to work. 

Take your steps slowly and remember to keep your armour of God on. 

Look for areas of your life where Jesus is wanting to work in you.  Let go of what He tells you. Be it a person or a thing  

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