Saturday, January 19, 2008

I See, I Hear, I Am Concerned

Aren't we all faced with the temptation to give up when we feel God isn't coming through in our situation? Whether it be our marriage, income, relationships, our job, deliverance, our own spiritual progress, or whatever...

I was reading this from "Moses" by Charles (Chuck) Swindoll and it was so timely.

"Do you ever imagine that your hard, harsh moments and tests escape God's notice? You may become so discouraged, so filled with acute pain, that you begin to think God couldn't be aware of your circumstances, or, if He is aware, then He doesn't care. That's a lie from the evil one himself.

God is always aware. And He cares very deeply. As we will see, He will do whatever it takes to rescue His people. It may be by calling you home to Himself, or it may be by splitting an ocean right down the middle so you can walk on dry ground. His deliverance may not arrive on your timetable or in the manner you expect it, but it will arrive at the best time, the right time. He will not abandon His own."

Moses, Chuck Swindoll pg 16, 17

I had gotten myself into a rut of biting and devouring instead of waiting and praying. I decided in a situation that I would fend for myself instead of crying out to God. I didn't verbally declare this but by my actions I was completely disobedient. In this cycle of disobedience to God's word, it became easier and easier to be disobedient and harder to stop and give the thing over to the Lord. Sorry for being so generic. I was reminded as I read the following verses that God hears, and most definitely takes note of my cries even if the situation doesn't change for a time. God is faithful even in the midst of our adversity. Please pay attention to what I have bolded. In whatever it is that you have battled for a long time and you are growing weary of it having power over you...God sees...God hears...He is concerned...He will rescue you as you wait on Him...Your cry reaches His ear...He sent us a Deliverer who will rescue us continually.

Exodus 3:7-10
7 The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." (emphasis mine)

These scriptures stood out to me and spoke so much to me tonight that though my deliverance may tarry to wait for it and submit to my loving deliverance will come. In the meantime change me while I wait Lord.


nancygrayce said...

I know he hears our cries for mercy..and He always answers just at the right time! We struggle with trusting...but He's there all the time.

He Knows My Name said...

jenny, i have so much of this in me. i have something to wait on Him and his perfect timing in EVERY ONE on your list. we must be reminded He never changes. our God is the God of moses and is still the same. change me too. love ~janel

HEWY said...

I know how you fill. I sometimes feel that I got myself in trouble and I shouldn't be asking God to help. Great blog posting!

Charity said...

This is something I so struggle with! But He really does have perfect timing! He always comes through and provides just in the nick of time! It is tough to lay down our worries and leave them. Why is it so hard?! I mean, He proves Himself to me over and over again that He will come through for His timing!

Bev Brandon said...

I was so touched in our scripture reading today by Gen 16:13 - "I now see the One who sees me." Nothing passes His notice. He saw Hagar running away and said he heard of her misery in Gen 16---He knows our misery and what has been done to us or ways people "miss" us especially those we love. He heard the baby crying. He sent 3 visitors to Abraham...God keeps showing up in your life JennyHope!!!

BethAnne said...

If I had a dollar for every time I have acted instead of waited I would be a billionaire (yes, with a 'b'). Without boring you with details, I want you to know that you are not the only one who needed to hear this right now. Thank you for sharing what the Lord is showing you and being so transparent - I love it when people are 'real' - and you are real.

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Well. Thank you for the verses, and THANK YOU EVEN MORE for the portion you marked in bold! I needed to read those words today.