STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN
All that night the LORD drove the sea back.
In this verse, there is a comforting message showing how God works during darkness. The real work of God for the children of Israel did not happen when they awoke that morning to find they could cross the Red Sea, but it occurred "all that night."
There may be a great work occurring in your life when things seem their darkest. You may see no evidence YET, BUT God is at work. God was just as much at work "all the night" as He was the next day, when the Israelites finally saw the evidence. The next day simply revealed what God had done during the night.
Are you reading this from a place in your life where everything seems dark? Do you have faith to see but are still not seeing? Are you lacking continual victory in your spiritual growth? Is your daily, quiet communion gone, and there is nothing but darkness all around?
"All that night the LORD drove the sea back." Don't forget---it was "all the night." God works through the night until the morning light dawns. You may not see it yet, but through the night of your life, as you trust Him, He works. C.H.P.
"All that night" the LORD was working,
Working in the tempest blast,
Working with the swelling current,
Flooding, flowing, free and fast.
"All that night" God's children waited---
Hearts, perhaps in agony---
With the enemy behind them,
And, in front, the cruel sea.
"All that night" seemed blacker darkness
Than they ever saw before,
Though the light of God's own presence
Near them was, and sheltered o'er.
"All that night" that weary vigil
Passed; the day at last did break,
And they saw that God was working
"All that night" a path to make.
"All that night," O child of sorrow,
Can you not your heartbreak stay?
Know your God in darkest midnight
Works, as well as in the day. L.S.P.
STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN
Because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will...make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky...because you have obeyed me. (Gen. 22:16-18)
From the time of Abraham, people have been learning that when they obey God's voice and surrender to Him whatever they hold most precious, He multiplies it thousands of times. Abraham gave up his one and only son at the Lord's command, and in doing so, all his desires and dreams for Isaac's life, as well as his own hope for a notable heritage, disappeared. YET GOD RESTORED Isaac to his father, and Abraham's family became "as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore" (v.17). And through the descendants, "when the time had fully come, God sent His Son" (Gal. 4:4).
This is exactly how God deals with every child of His when we truly sacrifice. We surrender everything we own and accept poverty---then He sends wealth. We leave a growing area of ministry at His command---then He provides one better than we had ever dreamed. We surrender all our cherished hopes and die to self---then He sends overflowing joy and His "life... that [we] might have it more abundantly"
(John 10:10 KJV).
The greatest gift of all was Jesus Christ Himself, and we can never fully comprehend the enormity of His sacrifice. Abraham, as the earthly father of the family of Christ, had to begin by surrendering himself and his only son, just as our heavenly Father sacrificed His only Son, Jesus. We could never have come to enjoy the privileges and joys as members of God's family through any other way.
(Charles Gallaudet Trumbull)
We sometimes seem to forget that what God takes from us, He takes with fire, and that the only road to a life of resurrection and ascension power leads us first to Gethsemane, the cross, and the tomb.
Dear soul, do you believe that Abraham's experience was unique and isolated? It is only an example and a pattern of how God deals with those who are prepared to obey Him whatever the cost. "After waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised" (Heb. 6:15), and so will you. The moment of your greatest sacrifice will also be the precise moment of your greatest and most miraculous blessing. God's river, which never runs dry, will overflow its banks, bringing you a flood of wealth and grace.
Indeed, there is nothing God will not do for those who will dare to step out in faith onto what appears to be only a mist. As they take their first step, they will find a Rock beneath their feet. F.B. Meyer