I try not to be presumptuous with God. I don’t want to put words in His mouth that He didn’t say to me, and yet, I want to believe the messages that I keep receiving from His Word, that almost daily are uncannily reinforced by my two favorite devotionals, and the daily readings of the Catholic Church. I find myself identifying with the father of the demon possessed boy in Mark 9, and saying with Him “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief.”
For the past several years, starting in the early 1990’s, my husband and I have received the message that God works all things out for the good of His people (Rom. 8:28); that He has hope and a bright future for us (Jer. 29:11); that He’s doing a new thing, (Isaiah 42:9, 43:19, 48:6); that dry desert wandering will eventually come to an end, and God will deliver, vindicate, and restore us (Isaiah 35, Joel 2); and that He makes ALL things beautiful in His own time (Ecc. 3)
My personal quiet time today is a perfect example of how God uses different means to send me these same messages, and I have to believe that they are beyond coincidence. This verse was chosen for today on my homepage (myway.com):
I know what it is to be in need (abased), and I know what it is to have plenty (abound). I have learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether fed or hungry, in plenty or inwant. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:12.13)
From there, I traveled to the daily readings of the Catholic Church and this jumps out at me from today’s responsorial Psalm:
Poor and needy as I am, the LORD has me in mind. You, my helper, my Saviour, my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)
Immediately followed by the last line of today’s Streams in the Desert devotional:
Delays are not refusals; many a prayer is registered, and underneath it the words: “My time is not yet come.” God has a set time as well as a set purpose, and He who orders the bounds of our habitation orders also the time of our deliverance.
Today, I hear God speaking to my heart:
“Lyn, I’m teaching you how to be content and rest in Me. You are learning the practical application of walking by faith…I’m with you, you can do it! One day, I will pour out these promised blessings on you, but it’s not today. Trust Me.”
And I turn to my last resource for my quiet time Come Away My Beloved, by Frances J. Roberts. I open it and read a random passage from it:
With the Strong Cords of my Faithfulness
Oh my child, I have loved you with an everlasting love.
With the strong cords of My faithfulness I have bound Myself to you.
Throughout all the days of your sojourn, I have been deeply concerned for you,
never turning my attention from you.
Darkness may have pressed around your soul, but I was near at hand.
The night of affliction may obscure your vision,
but the night and the day are both alike to Me.
When you pass through the waters, I am with you.
Whether you see me or not, I am at your side.
Though at times you feel only aloneness, My hand is upon you,
My arm encircles you, and My heart is touched by your grief.
I suffered in all ways as you suffer, but you will never suffer as I suffered;
for I experienced one awful moment of separation from the Father;
while I have promised “I will never forsake you, and I will never leave you.