Verse for Today: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Psalms 57:3 - He shall send from Heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
A child of God always finds evil forces around which try to swallow him or her up. These forces create fierce intimidation on a continuous basis to make us feel that all doors are closed and that we have to turn our backs and run away or call it quits. In such situations, when we turn around, we often see no way out of our predicaments. These forces include our circumstances of health, job, finances and debt, disobedient children, non-cooperating mates, difficult relationships at job or in the neighbourhoods, cruel bosses and colleagues, non-supportive and gossiping church members and irresolvable problems of various other kinds which are perennially suffocate us. We often do not see any way out of these circumstances and entanglements which try to devour us like roaring lions. The Psalmist went through such experiences for several years. We also see a number of God's children whose names crowd the columns of the Bible who had similar encounters and fierce battles, like Jacob, Joseph, Hannah, Ruth, Nehemiah, Esther, Jeremiah, Paul, Peter and others. They all join the Psalmist to testify that when they went through the experiences described by the Psalmist, the Lord sent help from Heaven to save them from being swallowed by the situations and circumstances. But they continued by faith and trust in the Lord to accomplish His purpose for them in the world. So they all stood the ground by the mercy and truth of the Lord all the days of their lives and weathered away the the deceptions and accusations of the enemy to try to annihilate them from the face of the earth. The same Lord is a living reality today, and He rules and overrules all circumstances and situations for His children in victorious living day by day. Their faith and experiences are a shot in our arms to hold on to the faith of our fathers to keep going during these difficult days.
Dear friend, have you ever been tempted to think that your present situation is a hopeless one? Do you feel that you are in a room without doors and can't get out or escape? These feelings are from the flesh and the ideas the enemy plants in front of you to distract and drift you from the path of faith and truth marked out for you by the Lord. If you feel that there is no escape for you, the Lord will appear before you as the door and the way. He is the way and He will show the way, as He walks with you and walks in front of you. He is your light for your path and lamp for your feet so that you can go forward with courage and confidence. He will lead you a step at a time and a day at a time. If you are ready to take His hand and walk the first mile and complete it, He will show you the next mile. He will also give you the energy to walk the next mile and give you the faith to trust Him to know that another mile is lying ahead for you to walk. There might be other problems in the course of the future miles that you need to walk, but He is not going to tell you about it because those are not your concern, but His. He prepares your way for a safe journey and safe landing at your destination. Your responsibility is to walk a step at a time and leave the future steps to Him. At each step of the way, His mercy is there for you to escape the perils and snares of the enemy. His truth is your travel companion to tell you that the Lord who is the Truth is with you, with all His promises to take you forward. Not only that, He has made sure that you are not swallowed up so far in spite of the repeated threats that the forces around you echoed in your ears, and that is sufficient proof that the enemy is only sabre rattling and that your beloved Lord will never allow any force to devour you or wipe you out of the face of the earth. So, dear friend, cheer up and walk your mile today and be a blessing to those who go through bitter experiences in life. Let your testimony of faith, courage and confidence be their added strength to keep going. You are escorted by the mercy and truth of the Lord on your forward march even today.
Psalms 34:19 - A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Thought for Today
A life of faith is a forward march escorted by mercy and truth on either side.