Day 158

“Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?”  Psalms 119:82

The beginning of this verse has the meaning of straining the eyes while looking for something to the point of exhaustion.

I imagine many, if not all, of us have looked for the Lord to help us many times and had to wait or sometimes even go deeper into a trial, start chemo, pick out a headstone or give up a house.  We don’t know the mind of God or what He has planned, but because we trust Him, we look for Him to act and move.

There is nothing wrong with looking towards “The Word – Jesus” or “The Word – Scripture” or He would never have told us to come boldly to His throne.

Remember over in John 11 when Martha and Mary have sent word to Jesus about Lazarus being sick?  He was not too far away but he delayed.  And yet, they waited and looked for him to come.  I bet they were looking and waiting all day, don’t you?  Their heart was heavy within their chests and they didn’t understand – AT ALL, why Jesus didn’t come help them.  I wonder if they questioned everything, yet kept looking down the road for His face?

Then their brother dies.  Wonder what they felt as they lay over his chest and wept when he took that last breath?  Were they remembering the times they ran along the streets with each other as children?  Did Martha and Mary grasp each other’s hands as they wept and wondered why they were friends with the Miracle Worker to begin with if He couldn’t come and perform a miracle for them?  How often they must have seen him heal people. They would have expected Him to come heal their brother!

How sad it must have been when they prepared their brother’s body for the burial. How depressing it must have been as they walked towards the cave with the other Jews from Jerusalem that had come to comfort them as they placed Lazarus’ body within the darkness.  Did Martha and Mary keep looking over their shoulder for Christ to appear?  Did their hope begin to wane as the stone rolled into place and still Jesus was nowhere to be seen?

I don’t know their thoughts, but I do know what it is like to keep looking for something to happen as I pray.  I do know the feeling that causes me to lift my voice to the Lord and say, “God, if you do not help me, I am without hope!”  And I also know the feeling of that dead silence as I weep and nothing seems to happen day after day after day.

But it doesn’t mean God isn’t listening.  And that is extremely important for us to realize.

There are verses we need to have at the ready when these moments come.  I will place them at the end of this post.  We MUST remember to trust that, NO MATTER WHAT God does, He is doing it for His glory, just like when He took Lazarus:

“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”  John 11:4

You know what?  We really need to realize that we are NOT the center of the universe.  The world does NOT revolve around us, our problems, our plights, or for our pleasure.

Does God care about us?  Most certainly:

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

Time, and what happens during it, is about One Person:  GOD.

“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”  Psalms 115:3

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”  Colossians 1:16

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

It is ALL about HIM and what He wants.  And if we trust Him, then we keep looking towards Him, even when the pain is great.  Even when we hear there is no cure.  Even when we hear the bank has foreclosed.  Or like me, even when we look at our mission report and see 14 of our supporting churches didn’t send in their support this month and we have 3 kids in college, a wedding to plan and trying to run a ministry from another continent while spending the next 11 weeks on the road and living out of a suitcase.  It is NOT about us and yet, it is if we let Christ work THROUGH US for HIS GLORY.

Jesus was and is our best Example.  He went to the cross; He allowed the thorns to pierce His brow; He let the nails be driven into His hands and feet; and ultimately, the deliverance for His pain and our sins was had through His death and resurrection.  His eyes never failed Him, and His plan never waivered.  Even as the chief priests mocked Him for trusting in God!  Why did He suffer it all when He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him?

Because there was a PURPOSE!  HIS PURPOSE!

Whew….when I look at it like that, I just want to shout.  I want to wipe my tears and offer Him more.  More of my time, more of my thoughts, ALL of my heart.  Even as my eyes fail looking for Him and I beg Him for comfort, I want to keep giving Him more.

Here are some verses to remind you of the God you can 100% trust, 100% of the time:

“The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”  2 Samuel 22:3

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”  2 Samuel 22:31

“The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”  Psalms 34:22

“Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.”  Isaiah 50:10

“Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;”  1 Timothy 6:15

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  Revelation 19:11-16

That’s Him my friends.  That’s Him.  Trust in the King, Trust in the Lord, and when your eyes fail, let your heart take hope in your God.  He is the High and Lofty One and it is all about Him.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

3 thoughts on “Day 158

  1. Sharon Loyd

    Powerful! Someone told me this week, “I just need to quit.” Quit what? For what? Is not the battle worth it all? How far will we go before picking up the cross and allowing a crown of thorns placed on our head, pushed down until the pain is beyond anything we have ever felt and the blood pouring down our face into our eyes…..and then, being nailed hand by hand to the cross. Quit? I don’t think so! Press on, moving forward, never quit!

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  2. Ginny Banks

    Sheri, I enjoy all of the devotionals you write, but this one has been one of my favorites so far. No matter how hard it gets, we can’t quit! God’s Word is always true. He will never fail. Waiting is hard and certainly not fun. But when we see God begin to work, it is just delightful to sit back and watch. Then we can be glad we didn’t rush ahead and take matters into our own hands or just quit. Praying for you and your family.

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