January 8, 2014
Published by Deborah Negron- Child of God
Oh if you would turn to me saith the Lord, I will bless you.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
His desire is to bless us. But the blessing oft times comes through some trial or after some testing.
We can examine Abraham in Genesis 22.
He is asked of the Lord, to sacrifice his son. In his obedience he finds God had tested him. Yet after this God blesses Abraham.
We find this when the prophet Elisha goes to meet the widow with her son who are about to eat their last meal. The man of God asks the woman to. First feed him and then herself and her son. The woman was asked to trust and believe in what God would do, 1 Kings 17.
God causes his children to undergo certain trials and these are not chosen arbitrarily. God has a purpose and plan in everything he does.
His ultimate goal is to make us into the image of His son Jesus.
Let’s examine this a bit. To be like Jesus one muct be selfless, humble, willing to have nothing and yet be generous and kind.
Boy, that’s a tall order. But the Lord fashions us and molds us into this Christlike image as he allows us to face life”s many challenges.
How do we measure up?
Well for most of us, we have a long way to go.
Thankfully Scripture tells us that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it, Philippians 1:6.
What then must we do? What is our role in all this? We are to be the moldable clay.
We are to be obedient. We are not to question God’s sovereignty. When we face life’s struggles and hard times we are to seek him more. He is to be our source for all things.
Scripture tells us we are to live by faith and not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7.
For me, this has been a tough lesson. Losses and trials have come from every angle. But I have to say, that God has remained faithful in my life. He has not abandoned me…
Though we have not understood every circumstance we can be resting in the knowledge that He is able to finish what he started in us.
He teaches us daily. He guides our path. As scripture tells us, he orders the steps of the righteous, Psalm 37:23.
He, it is, who will perfect his image in us.
In the mean time I pray,
Lord help us to endure like good soldiers, and fight the good fight, 2 Timothy 2: 3-5.
Help us to be witnesses of your mercies which are truly new every morning, Lamentations 3:22-23.
Help us to surrender all things that we may be endued with power, Acts 1:8
Lord help our faith so it willl grow and we may be secure in Christ Jesus, Luke 17:5
Thank you for your continued work in my life Lord. Help us to be focused on your will for us.