I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
Which doeth great things and unsearchable; Marvelous things without number.
Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
( Job 5:8-11)
As we celebrate the fourth of July we are reminded of the blessings that we have to live in a free country. My prayer today is that we will not surrender our freedom, instead that we will put our faith in Jesus Christ who always causes us to triumph.
It may seem that life is spiraling out of control, but we can be assured that Jesus Christ knows what we need, and he has ordered our steps. We must trust him.
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
Have we forgotten the God that we serve? There is nothing impossible with God. No situation is out of his control. When the storms come, we must learn to trust him. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed with the pain and frustration of delayed answers from God, that we forget that he has already answered our prayer. It takes faith and perseverance to continue to pray until the answer is delivered. I’m here to serve notice on the enemy that would try to shake my faith in prayer: God is still in control and he will have the victory. I will not stop praying and believing, because I know that he answers prayers in the time frame that is best for me. He will work out all things for my good. Do I understand it? No, Do I have doubts? Sometimes, if I entertain the rebuke of the devil, but I have a peace that passes all understanding and I choose to stand, and wait for the Lord to rain righteousness down on me as the noonday sun.
When I face the storm, I find him in my prayers. Sometimes, I don’t even know how to pray I am so consumed with the problem, but if I’ll remember all of the times that he has shown his power in my life. The many miracles that he has performed on my behalf, the comfort that I found in seeking him, I can feel his peace that passes all understanding. I can wait on him and praise him with my whole heart and not worry. He is a great big God with everlasting resources, that are waiting to be delivered to the people who desire to worship him.
I know that sounds so right on paper, but living a life of surrender takes faith. The good news is that you don’t need much faith; and more importantly, when you are weak in the struggle to believe God, he is strong and he will help us to see it through, so don’t be discouraged; keep moving towards the light of his presence, and he will bring it to pass.
In the still of my night, I find him embracing me. I shall not fear the darkness. Although every sign tells me that it’s hopeless, I still hold on to hope that he is sovereign and he has already answered my prayer even before I speak the problem in prayer. When I feel so impatient waiting for your promise, and I long for simplicity—life before schedules and deadlines—remind me that you are with me through the storm. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Life is too short to spend lamenting over what might have been, by looking back; so for today, I want to say thanks for always being faithful. I am free because of you.
We do have the privilege to celebrate our freedom. In this week’s Lattereign, we look at how to keep our focus on Jesus Christ. Click on the link that follows to access the newsletter. It will open in a new window. I Will Lift up mine eyes unto the hills