’Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Jr 33:3 NASB
The Bible is filled with a lot of promises but I think this promise might be the most overlooked of them all. God says right here that if we call to Him He will answer. And we’ve experienced what it’s like when you call on people and they don’t answer. Especially when you need them the most. It’s almost a guarantee that when you need someone the most they will not answer you. But not with God. He always answers. In fact He says that before you call, He has answered. Especially in the time of need. What a wonderful promise it is to know that God will answer.
Precious Lord take my hand lead me on let me stand…
You ever have those moments where you are saying something and you realize it’s not you saying it but God speaking through you? I was speaking with someone who is going through some things and they didn’t necessarily see the way out. And out of nowhere (meaning this is where God started speaking) the words to this song ca me to mind and I shared them. And when you think of the words “take my hand, lead me on” that’s what you have to do when you don’t see the path. Put your hand in God’s hand and have him lead you and guide you through the darkness into the place He wants you to be.
It’s our best option for navigating life.
For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.
Ps 100:5 NASB
The Lord is good. If that was all scripture said it would be true and still one of the best books ever written. However as one of my friends told me once sometimes you need “substantiation beyond the point of clarity” and that is what scripture does. It shares with us the why. The Lord is good because His lovingkindness is everlasting. The Lord is good because He is faithful to all generations. And He has given us personal experiences to substantiate the statement the Lord is good. Beyond the point of clarity.
The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.
Job 42:10 NASB
I love music. Especially artists that I listened to growing up. As I was reading this text this am this song by Jody Watley came to my mind. The song is called friends. Now in the song she talks about how hard it is to find good friends and I think that Job could relate to that. But notice that Job’s restoration comes only after he prays for his friends. And it leads me to wonder if some of the reason we don’t receive all of the blessings God has for us is because we do not intercede and pray for our friends. If we are honest, the reason we don’t pray for our friends is because we don’t think they are praying for us so we try to make sure we are covered in prayer first then we can take care of others. Let’s try flipping the script in our prayer lives and pray for our friends before ourselves and see what happens.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
He 10:36 NASB
Endurance is one of the most desirable characteristics for many athletes. And you can understand why when you consider that the trait is simply to outlast the other person. That you may not be as fast or as strong as them but you can go on doing what you do longer than they can.
And maybe that is the point for us as Christians. That by having endurance we can outlast the craziness of this place and continue to wait on Him who has promised to come back. The part that we need to pray about is the training of endurance because the only way to get more endurance is to actually endure to your limits.
”I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
Job 42:2 NASB
Sometimes when you are reading the bible it feels like the texts were written just for you and the time that you are going through. Today that is how I feel (and maybe you do as well) reading that intro. I know that you can do all things. And sometimes we just need that reminder that God is God and He can do all things. He has liberated us from our sins, freed us from the yoke of bondage and commands us to share this with the world so they to can be free. At times the task looks daunting however we must remember this passage:
“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
Job 42:2 NASB
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
Col 3:12 NASB
Are we really chosen? That’s the question that zoomed through my mind when reading this text this am. Because I question whether we are putting on the things it said we should be putting on. We can be the most mean spirited, unforgiving and nasty people on this planet. And we claim to represent God!
We need to stop faking. Either we going to be God’s people or not but either way we have to be truthful in it. So if we are about “that God life” let us pray that we will get the right things into our closets and put them on daily.