Have you ever experienced a time in your walk with the Lord, when you felt the Lord was not only distant, but the thought even crossed your mind that the Lord was actually ignoring you? Pretty silly question right?? The truth of the matter is, if you have walked with the Lord for any amount of time, more than likely you’ve had occasions where you felt both of these feelings. In those difficult times, if someone had walked up to you and asked you about your walk with the Lord, you may be able to give them the right answer but the truth of the matter is that you struggle wrapping your heart and mind around what you just told them.
We read where David says in Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” but in our hearts we feel we’ve done enough waiting; we feel it is time for the Lord to do something. Another time we read where David says in Psalm 33:20-21 “We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy Name.” Then another time we read where David ( you know this guy David is starting to get on my nerves ) says in Psalm 38:15 “I will wait for You, O Lord my God; You will answer, O Lord my God.”
There are many other verses in the Scriptures that not only confirm what the Lord was saying through David but stresses the point even greater that we are to remain strong and faithful in whatever place the Lord currently has our life, no matter what we are not hearing. Yet, just reading lots of Scriptures will not be enough for you and I to remain strong; to remain faithful to whatever the Lord may be asking of us. It will also take having a deep trust in the Lord that says He knows what He is doing, and the only way we can have that assurance in our heart is when we have an intimate relationship with Him.
I have been married for over 37 years and let me tell you that I truly depend on my wife for so many things. I don’t have to worry if she is going to fix dinner, take care of making sure there is food in the house, take care of details I would never think of or look after me or our kids if either one of us was to ever get sick or injured. The reason I can say that I have that assurance in my heart is that over the last 37 years I have come to know my wife intimately, I know her heart for me and for our kids but more importantly, I know the great love and trust she has for her Lord. We have gone through some tough times during the 37 years we’ve been married but there is no one in this world that I would rather have by my side, if I had to do it over again. than my loving wife and our Lord.
Speaking of the Lord, Psalm 145:12-13 says “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all of His promises and loving to all He has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”
I have been going through a time where I feel the Lord has not spoken as many words of direction to me as much as I would have liked Him to and if I stayed focused on that I would easily become very discouraged and disillusioned; and to be honest, I must sadly confess that I have. Yet, because I am reminded that Lord has been so faithful to me in the past and brought me through some difficult times, I am more determined than ever to stay faithful to what I know the Lord has said for me to do and until the Lord says something different to me I will do that.
So my brother, my sister, if you are sensing the Lord has lately been too quiet in your life, because you know the Lord has been faithful to you in the past, for now you must also continue to be faithful, faithful, faithful to what He has asked you to do, so that one day you can be fruitful. Stay faithful my friend!!!
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