"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. Psalm 50:15
Did you know that you bring glory to God by calling upon Him when you are in distress? God promised He would deliver you if you turned to Him. You deny the Lord honor that is rightfully His every time you find yourself in difficulty and you fail to call upon Him for help! There may be times when God allows you to reach a point of need so that you can call upon Him, and thus let Him demonstrate to a watching world the difference He makes in the lives of His children. If God never allowed you to experience need, people around you might never have the opportunity to witness God's provision in the life of a Christian. If you never faced a shortfall, you might be tempted to feel self-sufficient and without any need of God in your daily life. Pride will tempt you to think that you do not need to seek God's assistance. Self-regard will seek to convince you that you can handle your dilemma through your own wisdom, resources, and hard work. Pride will also rob glory from God and seek to give it to you. Don't allow your pride to take what rightfully belongs to the Lord. Call upon your Lord and wait exclusively upon Him to rescue you. Then give Him the glory that He deserves. Self-sufficiency can greatly hinder your ability to experience God and bring Him honor. The next time you are in distress, turn to Him!" - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
If it's one particular lesson that I think that God was trying to instill in me in the last several months, it's to cry out to Him more. To rely on Him more. To be more dependent, open and honest with Him.
Nerve-wracking, agonizing, emotionally painful can be things in our lives...but those things cannot separate us from the love of God.
I hurt in more ways than I thought possible in dealing with life in the weeks leading up to our moving.
I was put through more than a few circumstances that to this day I still remember.
God still proved His faithfulness. Still proved that I am in His hands. Still forgives and still heals and restores.
We cannot be who we are really meant to be in this world without all of that.
Our best of intentions aren't close to what can be achieved through obedience to Jesus Christ. We pale in comparison to what He can do in an instant.
I just finished reading Deuteronomy. I am still in awe that Moses still wasn't permitted to enter into the Promised land. He was indeed forgiven but the consequences were too great.
We often too have to live with consequences. The thief on the cross still had consequences even though he would be with Jesus in paradise.
We see in the books after the Gospels of the consequences to living a Godly life.
Was reading another devotional about the purpose and properties of salt. As a preservative not just as a seasoning.
Believers are the salt of the Earth in that we preserve the Earth until the Rapture. We as God's plan endures, hold back on evil running rampant. We are the preservative to the world in Christ Jesus.
Our perseverance and living through difficult times proves the love of God for us. Our ways of dealing with life shows much to a world that knows not the ways of God.
We were promised tribulations and we are indeed getting them. We were promised a Helper, the Holy Spirit, we have Him in us.
We need to keep Godly perspectives and Godly obedience at the forefront of our lives.
We may never understand why we go through what we do...but one thing we know...God isn't going to allow us to do it alone.
We get comforted and share that comfort with others. We may suffer but we will come out of it blessed. We know in whom we have believed and know that He is able to keep us until that day.
Moses learned to gradually open up entirely with Jesus to the point that he knew Jesus face-to-face. We can learn to do the same.
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