In recent days the Lord has chosen to change my physical condition such that my next training trip is canceled. In my mind, this disappointment is overwhelming – until I entered the Lord’s presence and we had a heart-to-heart talk. In our training sessions, we strongly emphasize the central importance of a daily, close and intimate relationship with the Lord. I have strongly felt that if these principles were not lived out by myself, there would be no power in teaching them to others. Though I did not hear an audible voice, I know the Lord has spoken to me the last few mornings with words of comfort and perspective so that when my doctor told me today that it was not possible to go on the next trip, I was ready for the verdict.
Jeremiah was writing to discouraged elders of Israel in exile under a pagan king and he says to them, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11). It really doesn’t matter what our circumstances or what period of human history we live in, God’s plans are in place and will never change. Our problem is that we allow circumstances to diminish our view of who God is and His Word, which means that we turn our attention away from the Author and Finisher of our faith to much lesser thinking, weakened faith and unbelieving actions.
I love the admonition of Hebrew 12:12; “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12–13). This section continues in verse 15 to say, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God.” If we miss receiving the grace in God in any circumstance we go through, we will miss the luster, freshness and power of the Lord’s presence and become unfit to impact the lives of others who are in need.
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