Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mid-Day Devotion 6/4/09

“Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.”
Micah 4:9-10

It’s difficult…

Amidst the struggles and the adversity of the current age it’s hard to see past the struggles and the trials that the children of God face. We look to the present ordeal or the current challenges and they become so overwhelming, so overbearing that we are forget. We forget about the promises of God, we forget about His faithfulness and His love, that mercy that He offers unto His children and we find ourselves amidst the despair and the pain, the sorrow and the anguish of all that is around us.

Often times that’s what it was like for the children of Israel amidst their ordeals…

Though guided and protected by the hand of God, though sheltered in His infinite love and mercy, they would feel the adversity weigh heavily on their souls and they would struggle to find the Lord amidst it. It would be why they would turn so easily from the prophets that God sent unto them, why they would so quickly turn to the false gods and idols, the graven images of foreign lands and foreign masters, seeking temporal deliverance, trusting in deities they could create and recreate in their own images.

In the present and current struggles it is hard to look past that which is right in front of you to see the grand future and the fullness of God’s love and plan for you in your life.

Yet, for Micah, that prophet of the Lord sent unto the children of Israel amidst the Babylonian Captivity, still it would be there he would tell the people, amidst the exile and bondage that now gripped them, look to the future and trust the hand of God, for He shall hear the cries and the see the plight of His people and deliver them, ransoming them to the blessed air of freedom.

So to now is it now with us. Like those children of Israel we look to the present struggles and the present ordeals, the adversity that surrounds us, and we wonder where God is amidst all of this. We see the captives taken, the hostages ransomed, the flesh trafficked and the slaves bought and sold and there we cannot see God in the wickedness that brings these transgressions in this world. So we wonder where is He? How long will he let such iniquity abide in this world? When shall He send deliverance? Has He not heard the cries of the people or see their struggles?

Yet ever present, ever vigilant, God is there and He see the struggles and the adversity faced, he hears the pleas of the people and sees the suffering they endure and He is not far from them. Just because we cannot see His deliverance now does not mean it is not there or that it is not working within the world, for it is.

Ours must be to look to the promises of the Lord and to trust in His word, knowing that He is ever faithful, keeping that sacred trust that He has offered unto us through His word, believing on His name according to His Holiness. There, just as He gave unto a captive people suffering under the whip a Deliverer, according to His promises, just as He gave unto a people lost to sin a Savior, in fulfillment of His word, so too does He stay true to His word in the present day that He shall not fail nor forsake His children, He shall not give them up like lambs to the slaughter.

We must look past the present to see the glorious and wondrous miracles of God, knowing that His will works according to His time and that His righteousness shall not let iniquity stand on this earth for all ages. We must look to the divine hand of God working in this world to make all things possible, then we shall see the glory of His salvation and the miracles of His protection happening all around us.

Trust therefore in the promises of the Lord and know that He shall never abandon, but rather will strengthen the spirit and the soul, the heart and the mind until the glory of His will and plan is fulfilled.

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