This morning at 5:45am God woke me up and said get up and let's have a talk. It was in a tone as if your own earthly father was getting ready to scold you. I tossed and turned, not wanting to get up. But my mind started racing on other things such as this Real Estate business I'm questioning. I found myself rebuking the devil because he wanted my mind on other things and not on what God was telling me to do...get up and let's have a talk. So at 6:30 I got up, got dressed, put my shoes on and walked outside talking to the Lord. He knows that today lies so many answers to so many questions we have about our house, church, ministry, work and the kids. So many life changing decisions will be made as quick as an anticipated phone call.
But the Lord gave me a verse today found in I Peter 1:5-8 it says, "who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy"
Amazing to be reminded that these trials, these struggles are for just a little while. Through all the circumstances that were given I can say we never wavered or lost faith in knowing that God was in control of it all. What better place would I rather be.
Check this out, Psalm 37:10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.
Did you see it? In just "a little while". We will look back at these days and glorify God for all that He brought you and me through! And guess what? What does the rest of the scripture say, BUT the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. The dictionary defines meek as humbly patient. Not just patient but humbly patient. I know I need to continue to pray for more of that. But let's go back to the rest of this scripture. Inherit the land and enjoy great peace. One day I was reading this scripture and the Lord spoke to me that my land will be restored to me. It was if I was walking in a field with my hand gently touching the high wheat grass and had a sense of joy, a sense of peace over my life. That I could breathe easier, love easier, laugh easier. It was as if I knew at that moment, that no weapon formed against me shall prosper!
I ask you is your Faith stronger that just a belief in Him? Is it bigger than not just going through the Refiner's fire, but coming out new? Are you ready to receive great joy, great peace in your circumstance?
Then tell Him!