But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Follow the Lord and All Your Ways will be Right. If we come to know the Lord, and begin to follow Him, then we will have joy and peace. Once we become believers and gain knowledge of God through the reading of His word, then we can be lead by the Holy Spirit. God can begin to speak to you in His still small voice, for you will know Him. You can hear the Spirit of truth speaking to you, convicting you of sin and of righteousness. When we disobey God, we will feel convicted of our sin, we won't have peace in our spirit. It's an unsettling feeling and when you replay the events which caused this conviction, you'll begin to try to justify your actions to make the feeling subside. When we obey God, the Spirit convicts us of our righteousness, and we have peace. We know we've followed God, because our hearts are settled. Instead of seeking to cover our actions or repeat the event over and over again, now we only mediate upon the glory of God and His divine ways, for we can see Him working through us to bring us out of that difficult situation. We will know He loves us and is protecting us, so we will reflect on His goodness and mercies. We will have peace with God and our fellow brothers and sisters.
Disobedience Ends in Destruction. The bible is clear that those who do not obey the teachings of Jesus will not receive the free gift of eternal life. They won't have peace with God, in this life or the afterlife. A great biblical example of this is the first anointed King of Israel, Saul. He was given the opportunity of a lifetime, to be the king of God's chosen people, and all he had to do was wait seven days. In his arrogance and hast, fueled by the threat of his enemies and the fleeting help of others, he took matters into his own hands. He determined that God's way wasn't good enough for him and his path would be better, so he shock of the instruction of the Lord, and went his own way. When called to judgment, to give an account, through the prophet Samuel, he offered every excuse he had to the Lord. He explained how the situation was greater and more pressing than the need to wait upon the Lord, giving the appearance as if the Lord's ways are not good, or that the Lord is slack of helping or understanding. He was explaining that his situation demanded urgency of action. And on that day, at the very moment, only three years after being anointed king, the kingdom was taken away from him. In his shame, he tried to hide it from the people. Little by little, the victorious success of those anointed, and following God's command, began to eat away at him. He was filled with bitterness, rage and hatred. He did everything in his power to try to bring the anointed down to his level. Oh what a cursed life, for he had no peace, no matter what he did or where he went.
Do You Wait Upon the Lord? Are you like Saul? Seeking your own way? Telling God that His ways aren't good enough? Telling others your life has troubles and it won't change? Do you deny the power of God to save by your constant grumbling? Are you envious of the anointed? Every day that you awake, do the pressures of this life wait outside your door, or maybe they even come into your very own home? Each day, do you look forward to another miserable day, for the same bad luck is coming your way - for this is your portion, your lot, in life and nothing is going to change it, I means it's been this way for decades now. Not even the hope and promises explained by fellow brothers and sisters of the faith can change your situation, because it's hopeless, they just don't understand your situation and they don't know suffering like you do. If this is what you think, in any way, then you're just like Saul, following the ways of the devil, by not trusting God and His provision. There is no other explanation, biblically, for your actions. When you only see the negative in your life, but you see the joy in others and you complain, you complain against God. Your complaining is really the outcome of a root of bitterness which sprouted into jealousy, as you covet their estate, and you fall into the hands of Satan, the enemy of your soul. He likes nothing better than to roam this earth and be able to boast before God that all have disobeyed God and are following him, just like he did in the book of Job. And today, if this is you, then you're not the one to which the Lord can boast of His servant. There is shame and reproach brought near the kingdom if you're a child of God and you allow the enemy to tread upon you, as you languish in your soul over your lot in life. For you have brought a charge against God, by saying in your heart that the Lord is not good because His ways are lacking in sufficiency for your provision. This is the charge, whether you verbalized it or not, this is the charge. Your grumbling is really against God, not the subjects of your bitterness; just as the Israelites grumbling against Moses, was really against God's provision. They were promised to NEVER enter God's rest for this wickedness, yet you harden your heart and think nothing of your grumbling, because only you know how really bad you have it. Is this the way you want to honor your God? Is He really to be dishonored before the nations, as you stand calling yourself and christian but you walk defeated by the devil on a daily bases? Is He really incapable of satisfying your needs, as your grumbling suggests? And you wonder why there is no peace in your soul? And you can't figure out why there is always strife in your life?
Obeying Ends in Eternal Life. The bible teaches that if we belong to God, then we will obey the teachings of Jesus, and the Spirit will always remind and instruct of us Jesus' teachings. When we obey Jesus, by eating of His flesh, daily, which is the word of God, then we learn and grow in our knowledge of God. We become stronger in our faith, because we understand more about the promises and faithfulness of God. Our faith and trust grows. The Lord is with us and we give Him access to govern our hearts and minds. We begin to have precious treasures stored in our hearts, the word of God, so the Holy Spirit can bring them back to our remembrance, when they are needed to guide or correct us. Jesus said if He left us the Spirit, the comforter, would come. He came to convict the world of righteousness, sin and judgment. He came to our hearts to always remind us of Jesus, who is the truth, the light of man. So when we do good, the Spirit agrees with our spirit and we fill joy and peace. We don't have war against in our lives or in our hearts. There is a clearing, a calm, a peace, a quiet within our souls. We don't need to speak, or have distractions, or have constant noise around us, because our conscious is not screaming in the silence that we are convicted of error. The calm quiet is a welcomed friend for we can rest in its presence. We can relax our minds and hearts in the peace of God.
We Have Two Choices. Regardless of this world and the chaos of it, whether we like the portion which God dealt us or not, whether we like where we are or not at this point in our lives, whether we understand God's ways or not, or whatever, today is the day the Lord has made for you, so rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). Today is the day, when you can choose to obey God, or not. Today is the day you can begin to walk towards peace, if you don't currently have it. Today is the day, you can begin to learn more about God so the Spirit is able to lead you so you can find this peace. Today is also the day when you can harden your heart as they did in the day of the rebellion.
Which is Your Choice? Today, will it be the day, you being to learn of God's ways and begin to follow them, so you can find peace in your future? Or Today, will it be the day, you do as you've always done, and follow your own ways which lead to destruction?
Dear heavenly Father, help us today to follow Your most excellent way. Amen
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