Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BUT, as for me....

Micah 7:7, " But as for me, I will look to the Lord;  I will wait for The Lord of my salvation; my God will hear me."

It's interesting to me that the first six verses  Micah is complaining about all that is wrong and then in verse seven he has an epiphany, he says, "As for me, I will look to The Lord."    Micah was referring to the corrupt  unfaithful leaders before him when he said, "As for me."  Micah is  comparing  himself to the watchmen of verse four when he said, " I will look."  The word "look" is the same Hebrew verb  as watchmen, it means I will wait, my God will hear me.

So many times we get stuck in complaining about the leaders, the unjust, the useless mundane every day grind of life and we loose sight of  keeping our eyes on Jesus..Micah said, the godly has vanished from the earth, there is no upright among us, they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts each other with nets, their hands do what is evil, and they do it well, they yell out the evil desires of their souls, they hate their neighbor, and have no confidence in their friends, all the family members have turned against each other, BUT for me, I will look to The Lord; I will wait for The Lord of my salvation because I know he hears me.  Can you say this, with that amount  of  confidence today ?  Who are you looking at?  Who are you talking to ?  Micah was saying everything is falling down around me and Lord it would be easy for me to lose my focus BUT I refuse to think of you that small.  I refuse to allow the circumstance around me to determine who You are in my life.  I will not be pushed around by impatience, or dragged through the mire of doubt and unbelief, No!!! I will feast my eyes upon my Lord and rejoice in knowing the fruit of patience I devour freely because I know my Lord has not been deafened by the noise of this world.    Although Micah started out with a cry of morning he ended  up with confidence in His God.  He said, " Rejoice not over me my enemy, when I fall, I shall rise; When I sit in darkness The Lord will be a light to me."  Somebody needs to shout today because the victory is yours, your failures has become your tuition for your success which was once said by a fellow author, Walter Brunel ....Choices are for the living
Keep your eyes on The Lord, and have confidence in the fact God does not have a hearing aid..

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Lord Will Provide

Where there is a Ram there is a way......

Genesis 22:13-14, " And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  So Abraham called this place, The Lord will provide.  And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."

  In this day and age with all the uncertainty that surrounds us from our job security, to our homes, gas prices, and bank accounts, it must be settled in our soul that God will provide a ram for us in the thicket.  You know as I re-read this amazing story of obedience and faith my senses were awakened.  When God asked Abraham to sacrifice as a burnt offering his only son whom he loved, the one Sarah and him had waited for Abraham did not answer with words but with action...Abraham did not say a word, not a peep, he just went.  How often do I hear through my travels or right here where I reside people saying, God told me to do.......but I told God.......How different would your life look if God told you to do something and without a word you headed in that direction???  You know Abraham had to walk 50 miles to get to the mountain God placed before him.  Abraham had to bring the wood, the fire , the knife, and his son( the sacrifice)... Abraham could have brought his son but not the wood or the fire but not the knife, or  the wood, knife, and fire, but not Isaac but Abraham did not miss a beat he obeyed every detail, and left no room for excuses.  Obedience to God moved Abraham up the mountain with each step he took he was counting the sacrifice.  Once Abraham was there, he was ready to follow through with God's request....But here it is folks, found in Genesis 22:11-13 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham! " And he said "Here I am"  He said, "do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know you fear God, seeing that you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and behold, behind him was a ram. Sometimes what we need the most is behind is the very thing that you thought would destroy you that made it possible for you to scale the mountain which lay before you....Choices are for the living....

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