For the vision is for an appointed time, though it tarry, wait for it, it would not tarry. (Paraphrased)
“Wait” in Habakkuk 2:3 is indicative of stability regardless. Truth is, God’s promise(s) doesn’t manifest magically.
Matter of fact, with God, it’s often a journey with bumps designed to test character and validate the individual’s election by Grace among other things.
People who arrive at a fame or fortune delivered on a platter, often lack the ability to sustain it.
The concept “election by grace” isn’t a walk in the park because every divine selection requires a stewarding. And storms are one of the channels through which a man elected by Grace is processed, proven, certified, and further elevated.
This process is repeated for every one on a journey with God but at different degrees.
Time won’t permit us to capture all the relevant examples here but I could point you to few. David for instance.
He started off in what appeared as an underdog emerging as God’s elect. But when he showed up before Saul and ultimately Goliath, we caught a glimpse of his résumé or should I say, storm experiences.
To be continued…
Prayer: Dear Lord, grant me the grace to be stable enough to make You proud always.
References: Proverbs 24:10: Hebrews 11:8-12, Hab 2:3; I Sam 16 & 17
Do you know what it’s like to wait for the manifestation of a promise?
Well, Father Abraham experienced this first hand.
Recall, that Abraham, is the father of Faith. And if not for access to the whole story, we could have wondered how someone who had a rough ride especially with the core of his promise, is the father of Faith.
Abraham’s journey is proof that, storms are the true test of strength, character, and stability. And only when these have been proven do authentic heroes emerge.
I reckon that Abraham had his low moments but never did He camp there. Effectively, nothing ever took the place of the promise in His heart.
His eyes were set like a flint. In essence, to weather the storms of life, your focus should be on the promise and not the problem.
Problems however complex are temporal but rest assured, the promises hanging over your destiny would ultimately speak.
To be continued…
Prayer: Father, empower me to weather the storms of life.
References: Proverbs 24:10: Hebrews 11:8-12, II Corinthians 4;18
“Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.”
I would not pretend to have attained the level of Faith of these guys. The ones popularly referred to as the Hebrew boys.
However, there is something they knew that made them take such posture. They had heard of the many times that God had rescued His children especially in the most hopeless situation.
And for them, that was enough to put their lives on the line when they found themselves in a dilemma.
It wasn’t as though they had seen God face to face because God is in fact Spirit. However, they had carefully observed the nature and character of God enough to reach the conclusion that; He is credible, reliable, all powerful, unlimited, sovereign, consistent and so on.
A conclusion I believe we must also reach to trust God truly.
A person who primarily relies on logic, his abilities and his senses hasn’t embraced trust. The true test of our trust in God is captured in “absolute reliance”.
To be continued
Prayer: Father, help me to understand what trust in You entails no matter my reality.