Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
When we have lived for some time in the ways of the Lord, we often forget how bad our existence was before meeting the Lord and accepting him as Savior and Lord of our life. Some even become confused and make the mistake of looking at those gone days with nostalgia, as if returning to their former condition, apart from the Lord Jesus, would be a good thing. When having this attitude is easy to err and wander aimlessly. It’s easy to lose sight of our vision and therefore we begin to walk on the wrong paths. Because of the many errors and mistakes our lives fall into chaos and problems pile up on us. Noticing that we are weak, the enemy takes advantage to attack us more viciously. As the pressure increases so does despair and we end up feeling that we perish. For some strange reason, despite our sad condition, we refuse to raise our eyes and cry out to God to deliver us from the tangled situation.
The Lord is willing to eliminate the affliction that affects our lives but we must cry out to him. We must understand that he the power and the authority to provide the solution to our problem. We must believe that he is the only one who can give us a positive response because he has all the power and there is nobody like him. It is he who can guide our feet to return to the right path that leads to his presence. He is the one who can rescue us and take us out of the abyss in which we have fallen. No one else can bestow all these blessings and that should be very clear in our minds and our hearts. Everybody has problems. The difference is whom do we go to have these problems removed from our path. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. You’ll see how the gray clouds disappear to make way for the radiant light of a new dawn. Only to God be the glory!
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I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!
The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.
People cry out to God for many reasons but most of these petitions are selfish desires that will never be supported by God because they have no purpose other than the satisfaction of those who raised their cry. Many of these petitions are expressed without regard for the will of God and that is the main reason why these prayers are never answered. The apostle John makes this clear: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” And to ask according to the will of God is not just saying “Thy will be done” although it has to be said. Remember that the Holy Spirit of God knows what is in our spirit: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” When we turn to our heavenly Father in prayer asking for anything let us make sure we’re asking in accordance with his will. His will is not unknown nor is it something that we ask for but we are not sure what we’re looking for. God’s will is clearly defined in his word and the only way we can know it is by constant reading of the Bible.
Do you want to know what is God’s will for your life? Read the word of God. Do you want to pray to God according to his perfect will? Include in your request “Thy will be done.” Do you want to make sure that God will hear you? First let us make sure that our heart is aligned with his heart. Only then we can be sure we are praying to the Father for His perfect will in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Remember that every day we must decrease so that he can increase and be in control of our lives. Remember that the will of God is good, pleasing and perfect. To God alone be the glory!
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Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
We must recognize that we have been privileged to own a firm hope, based not on fantasy but on spiritual realities, which source and foundation are the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Mount Calvary and his victory over death when he rose and conquered the grave. Thanks to advances in communication technology and the sustained efforts of missionary linguists translating the word of God to every known language, many have had access to the revelation of Him who is the only solution to all problems whatsoever. When I talk about solution to problems I’m not implying that they completely disappear, but that they may be seen in their true light and not as alleged mighty giants capable of producing panic and terror. There have always been and there will always be problems, mostly because we are sinful creatures seeking to satisfy our own passions. At any time one’s desires collide against the wishes of another and conflict arises with its inevitable problems. But with Jesus taking the reins of our life we have the guidance necessary to avoid most conflicts and to manage wisely those situations that can not be avoided.
This privileged way of enjoying life can not be kept to ourselves with selfishness but must be shared with others who we know are suffering because they lack the direction of our Savior. Everyone has problems. What better opportunity to offer a gesture of support and a word of hope based on God’s promises and our own experience of seeing them fulfilled? Let us ask the Lord Jesus for wisdom to share our testimony with those who are in trouble without our words sounding like meddling or feigned superiority. I am sure that God will grant us our request. To God alone be the glory!
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