STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN
Have you entered the storehouses . . . which I reserve for times of trouble? (Job 38:22-23)
Our trials are great opportunities, but all too often we simply see them as large obstacles. If only we would recognize every difficult situation as something God has chosen to prove His love to us, each obstacle would then become a place of shelter and rest, and a demonstration to others of His inexpressible power. If we would look for the signs of His glorious handiwork, then every difficult mountain path would become one of ascension, transformation, and glorification.
If we would look at our past, most of us would realize that the times we endured the greatest stress and felt every path was blocked were the very times our heavenly Father chose to do the kindest things for us and bestow His richest blessings.
God's most beautiful jewels are often delivered in rough packages by very difficult people, but within the package we
will find the very treasures of the King's palace and the Bridegroom's love. A.B. Simpson
We must trust the Lord through the darkness, and honor Him with unwavering confidence even in the midst of difficult situations. The reward of this kind of faith will be like that of an eagle shedding its feathers is said to receive---a renewed sense of youth and strength. J.R. Macduff
If we could see beyond today
As God can see;
If all the clouds should roll away,
The shadow flees;
O'er present griefs we would not fret.
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
For you and me.
If we could know beyond today
As God does know,
Why dearest treasures pass away
And tears must flow;
And why the darkness leads to light,
Why dreary paths will soon grow bright;
Some day life's wrongs will be made right,
Faith tells us so.
"If we could see, if we could know,"
We often say,
But God in love a veil does throw
Across our way;
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o'er;
Trust and obey.
STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN
Therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you...blessed are all they that wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18
We should not only understand the importance of our waiting on God but also realize something even more wonderful---the Lord waits on us. And the very thought of His waiting on us will give us renewed motivation and inspiration to "wait for Him." It will also provide inexpressible confidence that our waiting will never be in vain. Therefore, in the spirit of waiting on God, let us seek to discover exactly what it means right now.
The Lord has an inconceivably glorious purpose for each of His children. "If this is true," you ask, "why is it that He continues to wait longer and longer to offer His grace and to provide the help I seek, even after I have come and waited on Him?" He does so because He is a wise gardener who
"waits for the land to yield its valuable crop" and is "patient...
for the autumn and spring rains" (James 5:7). God knows He cannot gather the fruit until it is ripe, and He knows precisely when we are spiritually ready to receive blessings for our gain and His glory. And waiting in the sunshine of His love is what will ripen our soul for His blessings. Also, waiting under the clouds of trials is as important, for they will ultimately produce showers of blessings.
Rest assured that if God waits longer than we desire, it is simply to make blessings doubly precious. Remember, He waited four thousand years, "but when the time had fully come, God sent His Son" (Gal. 4:4). Our time is in His hands, and He will quickly avenge those He has chosen, swiftly coming to our support without ever delaying even one hour too long. (Andrew Murray)
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