DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-07-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 30:18
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 18 Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love; he will conquer you to bless you, just as he said. For the Lord is faithful to his promises. Blessed are all those who wait for him to help them.
OBSERVATION: In our Scripture today, Isaiah tells us that in spite of the trouble that Israel found themselves in, and in spite of all directions they were looking to for help, they should be consciously aware that the Lord , who is faithful, still waits to conquer and to bless them. As we meditate on this promise today, I would suggest that we reflect on the things that tend to really stress us out and send us looking for help in many ways and with various professionals. Yet God is still waiting for us!
APPLICATION: I believe that many doctors help patients deal with the stresses of life, either through medical advice or through medications. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! I believe that our pastors are kept very busy counseling with church members who struggle with the stresses of life. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! I believe that employees go to work with a lot on their mind, and will often make it almost impossible for others to work alongside them, because of financial, family and other social stresses. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! Isaiah saw that the Israelites were ready to return to Egypt for help. He saw that the people wanted horses that were faster, and perhaps that would resolve their dilemma. But God made it clear to Isaiah that He was still waiting for them to call on Him, the only One who could truly help them. Aren’t we the same today, dear friends? We still tend to stress out over a lot of life’s issues. I believe that our loving Father must look down in deep concern for His children, and whisper to us that our ultimate help comes from Him. Don’t leave Him as the last alternative, but trust in the Lord with all thine heart and He will show forth His love, power and concern for us like no other can. Yes, I believe that He is still waiting for us to call on Him. Oh Lord, please help our unbelief. Please help us to keep Christ first in our lives, especially in our times of need, or questioning, or stresses or hurt. You’ve shown us in Your Word that You are very capable of Healing the sick; Restoring sight to the blind; Making the lame to walk again; Feeding the 5,000 with only enough food for one family (in our way of thinking); and raising the dead from the grave. In considering all that You have already done, we feel like our problems are really minuscule, so Lord, please take us as we are and clear our minds of all earthly concerns as You remind us of Your love, Your power, Your healing, Your forgiveness and how You are just waiting for us to draw near.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I am reminded of a man stuck on a roof frightened about rising flood waters. He cried out to You for help, and in spite of Your multiple efforts to save him, he declined it as he waited for Your answer to his prayers. I believe that way too often we too struggle to see how You are sending help our way, as we are so determined in our own mind how You should do it. It’s no different to what the Israelites did. So please help us to always apply Your Word to ourselves first, before we look down our pious noses at what others refuse to see when You show that You are there waiting for us. I’m sure You must repeat a phrase often that is used in the Bible ‘Oh ye of little faith’. Lord, we believe. Please help our unbelief and our doubts. Today belongs to You. Please help us to place our hand in Your outstretched hand as You wait for us, for we are weak and lowly, even though we serve the all-powerful, mighty and awesome God of this universe! AMEN!
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