Kept From Trials

Revelation 3:10   (KJV)   10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Revelation 3.10 - Kept from Trials - 2The hour of temptation—the great time of testing will come, but we as God’s people need not worry or fear; God will protect us.

We’re not sure if this is a reference to the much debated Great Tribulation. Whether or not it is, we will still undergo this hour of temptation. Hearing such can naturally cause fear. The truth can be very daunting. Praise God, He gave us a very comforting promise–His much needed protection; He will keep us. He need not promise more. His protection is enough to carry us through no matter how horrible the events will be.

Dear Lord, You are a very powerful and present help at all times. You never leave us or forsake us. We’re comforted by the truth that whatever comes our way, no matter how difficult or scary they may be, You will be with us as our impenetrable shield. In You, we are and will always be safe.

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It’s Time

Deuteronomy 2:25   (KJV)   25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.

There is a day for our miracle. Fully believe, patiently wait.

When God says it’s time, He will move people and nations, and if need be, heaven and earth, to bring about His plan for us—His people.

deuteronomy-2-25-its-timeWe’ve learned: God doesn’t violate our free will. How can He cause dread and fear in the hearts of people while preserving that principle? How can He direct a king’s heart like a watercourse to bring it to His expected end? Does He do it by orchestrating the course of nature and turn of events? Probably; those things don’t have free will to violate. We may not fully understand all of the divine dynamics, but this one thing is sure: with God, all things are possible.

Did you hear that? Cheer up; yes, God can always make things happen for us.

We have people who consider us as their enemies. We love them. If we’re faithful in our calling, our enemies can’t deny us our destiny. God’s in control of that. He can stop them, remove them from our path, cause them to respect us, or simply turn them into friends.

Why can we live without worry? It’s because our God is awesome in power, perfect in wisdom, and is constantly with us. We know He does whatever needs to be done to whatever situation and whoever is involved; we know His timing is impeccable; we know He’s with us through the entire process: beginning, waiting, and winning.

Two things “alone” are enough to awaken others to reality of our wonderful life: Who the God is Who is in us, and who we are in God. The first focuses on how awesome God is, the other focuses on how awesome God makes us and our lives to be. Heheyyy.

The Flock and the Kingdom

luke-12-32-the-flock-and-the-kingdomLuke 12:32   (KJV)   32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Little flock, Kingdom of God—the picture shows a striking opposite. We are so small; God’s Kingdom is so huge—so grand. But God saw it fit to give it to us. And He didn’t do it begrudgingly; He did it with loving delight. That’s the wonder of it all. How can an eternal, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God accommodate such as us? It’s purely because of His love and the generosity of His grace.

It’s not that we are nothing, no; it’s completely the opposite. Of all God’s creation, we are the crowning glory. Humbly, we recognize that we are the one of the most important entities, if not the most important entity of all God’s creation. He values us more than everything else. That’s the reason why we find assurance in His command for us not to fear. That’s based on the obvious reality of His care. He cares for His other creation—small as they are, as insignificant as they may seem; He cares for the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees. He cares for them so much that we see them sufficiently provided for. None of them seem to show any sign of worry.

Let me clarify: we are “big” compared to other creation, but we are infinitely “small” compared to God and His Kingdom—infinitesimal, that is.  This is not an offense to us. Of course, there are those who don’t like the idea of worshiping someone other than themselves, but we fully see the appropriateness, in fact, the wisdom in kneeling before Someone Who’s enormously mighty, Who is in control of all things, and Who cares for us so much more than we can ever imagine.

We have needs—true, but we’re assured of more than sufficient provision. He withheld not His Son—His greatest “Treasure” so that our greatest need is taken care of. Every other need we have is insignificantly little compared to that. It’s exceedingly evident: He freely gives us everything we need for life, godliness, and enjoyment…—His Kingdom for His flock. That’s why we don’t worry; we’re not troubled; we don’t fear.

Well Rested

Psalm 127:2   (KJV)   2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

How many people lack sleep because they’re trying their best to earn more so that they have more security for their future and their family’s future? We probably know not just some, but many. This ought to not be so. God wants us to have enough sleep. He wants us to rest. Our provision and prosperity comes from Him. He’s the One Who gives us the power to get wealth. The fruitfulness of our labor is ultimately ordered by Him.

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God wants us to have rest. Let me clarify: He doesn’t want us lazy, complacent, or mediocre; He wants us to live excellently, committed, devoted, loyal, diligent, and industrious, but He doesn’t want us killing ourselves with work. Those who do are doing more than God intends them to. He wants us to enjoy life. But some may say, “I enjoy my work;” that may be true, but God also loves His people; He loves His body; He loves His temple, and we are His temple. He’s a good God; He’s a good Father; He invites us to come to Him—all of us who are tired and are heavily burdened, and He gives us rest. Yes, of all the kinds of rest, our spiritual rest is of utmost importance, but His invitation does cover our entire being.

There is a time for everything, meaning: there’s a time to work, and a time to rest; there’s a time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. And enjoying it, we do, not just for a very short time between two or three jobs, but sufficient time to rest. We’re not consumed by worry and anxiety thinking about possibility of lack. No…The Lord is our Shepherd; we have everything we need. We work hard; we get enough sleep, enjoying time and fellowship with our heavenly Dad before we finally retire for the day. We wake up—with praises in our hearts, mind, and lips. And we start our day spending wonderful time of fellowship with Dad again. We work; we play; we pray; we retire—always with peace, knowing that as we faithfully take care of Dad’s gifts to us: eternal and temporal, our Dad sees to it that everything’s well with us.

LORD Our Shepherd

Psalm 23:1  (KJV)   23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The Lord God is the Great Shepherd. With Him as the Shepherd, there is sufficiency. As a Shepherd, He cares for His flock – sufficiently; He feeds His flock – sufficiently; He provides for His flock – sufficiently; He watches over His flock – sufficiently; He guides His flock – sufficiently; He protects His flock – sufficiently. That explains why His flock can find themselves contently not wanting. 

God cares; He cares both for the righteous and the unrighteous. But there is a special, and I would say, awesome relationship believers enjoy with Him. They have the Shepherd – flock relationship, and oh boy, that carries a lot of great benefits. Just imagine having the most loving, most powerful, unchanging Entity as our Shepherd. He’s a Shepherd Who will never leave us and will never do us wrong. That’s totally reassuring. That’s the reason our Lord Jesus can exhort us to not worry and mean it literally – not just as a figure of speech. With a Shepherd Who can supply all our needs – in all areas of our lives – at all times – in all places, we definitely have more than enough reasons to enjoy our days and sleep well at nights. We don’t have to worry about dangers, about troubles, about trials, about toils, about snares, about attacks, about our enemies, about our direction in life, about our provision, about our relationships, about our future, etc., etc.. We are really in a position of not wanting. We have more than enough of what we need.

Our God, our Great Shepherd. Thank You. Knowing we are well cared for. Many advertise their companies as giving the best care, but in You and in You alone do we really find it. In You we can rest in peace, and we can enjoy that wonderful restful existence here – now – in the land of the living. In You we can find refreshing for our tired, weary, and even faulty souls. In You we don’t have to wander aimlessly lost. In You we find calm courage to face even the most life-threatening challenges. In you we can celebrate life even when our enemies wish us death. In You we can rest assured that we will live out Your plans: good, not evil; prosperity, not harm; hope, not hopelessness; future and not rot. Praise You, our YHWH-Rohi. – in Jesus’ Name, amen.