Thursday, 21 July 2011

When Oh Lord, when?

Ps 138 vs 3:  In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.



I had been so confused and disappointed over the last few years because I had been waiting for the Lord to 'rescue' us from all these various situations that had arisen.  But God has been showing me that although He could do 'anything to rescue us' that is not the norm.  The rescuing comes after the "standing" and the "pushing through."

There are so many examples in God's word:

  • Daniel was thrown in the lion's den - God's rescue - the lions didn't touch him and God's judgement came to those against Daniel and were chucked into the den the next day and devoured.
  • Joseph was only elevated out of his circumstances after years of going through unfair and undeserved treatment - then God elevated him, - then God esteemed him before his brothers.
  • Paul was constantly in and out of jail and miraculously set free and saved
  • Jehoshaphat went to the battle, saw his enemies approach.  Then God rescued them as they stood firm in Him - and then gave them the victory.
  • Shadrack, Meschak, and Abednigo also first faced the furnace, stood firm on God, then He rescued them.
God always has a way out!

The scripture above basically confirms this for me.  God will walk with us through the hardships and He will rescue us - when we 'stand and wait on Him' - then He will give us the victory.  I have so much more peace about that than God just removing all the circumstances and making everything easy.  This way we rely on Him and show our trust in Him and our faith grows, despite the circumstances.  We also take His power and love for us seriously.


I hope this is an encouragement to you to stand firm no matter what your circumstance.

God bless
Tracy
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16 comments:

  1. That is a very good post. You are right. Sometimes we get so caught up in the 'why' that we miss the 'He did'.

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  2. This is good Tracy.
    No matter what our circumstance we need to "push through" and rely on Him. I needed to hear this tonight.

    Blessings in Him...Chelle

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  3. So often we cry out to be taken out of our circumstance instead of getting through it with His help - or in Him.
    Food for thought once again.

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  4. Hi Kelly - wow, you must be up very late over there. And excellent point. David often praised God for what He had already done in faith that He would see them through their current problem.

    Hi Chelle - been missing you. I think as Christians we often think God will take away the problems but He wants us to push through with Him.

    Hi Stefanie - Yes, I cry that often. Its in finally giving in to Him that He works in the circumstance.

    God bless ladies - have a blessed day.
    Tracy

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  5. Hi Tracy,

    This is a good post; sometimes life is so unpredictable and there are situations that can sweep us off our feet with no warning at any time. But our God is ready, willing, and able to carry us to safety! :) He is our redeemer, and the only one we can rely on to save us! :)

    Blessings!
    Denise

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  6. Waiting is often hard. Just last night in my prayer time I expressed to the Lord how there are so many things I want to happen right now--desires that He has placed on my heart. But I must wait for His timing. If I get ahead of His plans, I'm sure to mess things up.

    Great post!

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  7. I know exactly how you feel, I too have been waiting, for what seems like forever. We can get so focused on the circumstance we forget the Who in the middle of all of that. He never promises easy, but He does promise he will get us through it.

    Blessings.

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  8. Hi Denise - I agree with you. My problem is to remember before the circumstance overwhelms me!

    Hi Joan - I know, waiting is really hard for me too. I like to fix and move on. Maybe that's why the Lord makes me wait that little bit longer!

    Hi Kandi - So true. Its the footsteps in the sand thing. When you look back He was carrying us!

    Thank you ladies - all your comments encourage me
    God bless
    Tracy

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  9. We ask God when all the time and GOD says to us When are we?

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  10. Soms moet ons inderdaad deur die vuur en deur die water. As Hy dan maar by ons is. Dit is 'n mooi, deurleefde posting. Dank je wel. Kom ons moed hou en op Hom vertrou. Sy planne faal nie.

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  11. This is a timely word for me today Tracy...thanks :)

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  12. This is quite humbling, and truly gives me something to think about.

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  13. Tracy - This is so good. I have also found that God often "shows up" (if you will) in the 11th hour. Right before it's too late. Seems to confirm what you said about waiting and standing. It's seems often until we know there is no hope, that He scoops in to save us. I guess then, He is Victor and it is assured we can't save ourselves. And that way, ultimately, He will receive all the glory. ~ Great post! ~ Jen

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  14. Hi Jen - I like what you say, He scoops us up to save us. I also believe its about Him getting the glory.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. Hi Desiray, Jedidja, Allison, and Mrs Wildflower, - I'm sure I responded to your comments but it seems blogger removed it. Anyway, thank you for commenting. I am always encouraged by your comments
    God bless
    Tracy

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  16. I found a lot of encouragement in this post. Thank you.

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