Micah 7:7 Watching And Waiting

Watching and waiting

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 

When a person is driving down the road and suddenly his car breaks down he begins to wait. He will make a call for a tow truck to come and rescue him from being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken vehicle. Once the call is made, he watches and waits in hope for the one to save him from his troubles. He has hope in the tow truck driver.

During the time of Micah, the nation of Israel was being overrun and destroyed. There appeared to be no hope. Yet, Micah says that he will watch and wait in hope for God to hear him and save him.

In recent weeks there has come a time of destruction, violence and sickness across the land of America and many other nations that has not been experienced in many years. Fear of sickness or death is gripping the hearts of millions of people. There does not appear to be any hope left.

Most people are looking to the government and other leaders to bring an end to the death and destruction. They are putting a false hope in other people.

Believers are to look to God for their salvation, both the salvation of the souls and their bodies. God is still in control, even though He may appear to be distant. He is in the process of redeeming those who love and serve Him.

Until God does a work and removes the destruction and sickness from the land, people must watch for God to move and wait for Him to move. Everything will be done in His perfect timing. God hears the prayers of those who call upon Him in their days of trouble.

You may be crying out to God to be rescued from some situation in your life that is currently threatening you. Do not stop watching and waiting for His answer. God hears your cries.

Know that God hears you and will save you in the end. It may be by removing the situation from you or it may be by removing you from the situation. Either way you must watch and wait for His move in your life. Do not give up watching or waiting upon God, He is faithful and will do what He has promised.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will watch for God’s move in your life; that you will wait patiently for God to meet your needs; and that you will see God work in your life. 

Isaiah 38:17 Sickness For A Purpose

Rock near waterfall

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:7 

Suffering and sickness occur on a regular basis with people all over the entire world. The range of sickness that occurs is extremely wide. Some sickness are of a minor, temporary sort, while others are life-threatening and bring about death.

One of the questions that is commonly asked by most people is why the sickness? Why does one get sick? Why does one recover and another does not? Very rarely does a person look at a sickness or disease as something good or as a benefit.

Hezekiah had followed God faithfully for a time, but then started to walk away from Him. Isaiah comes to him telling him that he will soon die and must get his life in order. After asking for some more time to live, God grants it. Hezekiah realized that the sickness was for his benefit.

There may be times when a sickness is a wakeup call to a person. One can be facing death in the face and has to make a choice as to whom he will serve, self or God.

God has mercy on people and wants everyone to be saved. He may use disasters or sickness to get one’s attention. This is especially true for those who already believe in Him and have been following Him. God can strike a person to get him to get his life in order.

Many people who are facing death suddenly have a different perspective on life. They realize what is really important, and it is not money or positions, but real life. They also begin to realize there is the rest of eternity to deal with.

As a believer, your life should be focused on living for God in every area of your life. This means you will strive to flee sin and be His witness in this world.

Take a look at your life and see how you are doing at truly following God. Does your life show one who loves God from the heart, or one who loves God only in words?

God is giving you a chance today to get your house in order. You may or may not have tomorrow, but you do have today. Don’t make God have to strike you to get your attention. Live for God while you can and receive the gift of eternal life that Jesus promised.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God in every area of your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Jeremiah 16:20-21 They Will Know In The End

“Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” “Therefore I will teach them–this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:20-21

The Israelites had chosen to follow their own gods or the gods of the nations around them. Despite the fact of seeing God at work in their nation, time and time again, they chose not to follow Him alone. Since they had made that choice, God decided that He would teach them who He really is. They will see His power and might, and that He is the One who is in control. The method of revealing Himself was through the punishment they would have to go through.

Skip forward several thousand years, and things have not changed a whole lot. People are constantly making their own gods. They do not call them idols as they did in the biblical times, but they are idols and false gods none-the-less. Today they are the gods of doctors, scientists, ‘experts’, the government, leaders, media, famous people, and the list goes on.

People are trusting everything but God in their lives. They believe that doctors will find the cure for sickness and death; that the government will keep the economy going strong; that the media will bring joy and satisfaction; and many more beliefs.

None of these things can truly satisfy and will fall short. God will reveal Himself in the punishment upon the people and nations. Disasters are set to draw people back towards Him, to cause them to look to Him for salvation.

His power is revealed in the control that He yields in this world. When disasters occur, one can see how powerful God is. When God does a healing, when doctors cannot, one can see His power.

As you look out on this world each day, see God as the One Who is in control, not those of this world. People in this world can only do so much, then they will fail. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the belief that the things of this world can save you, or provide for all your needs.

Trust God now, and not when He has to knock you down. God is there for you, not against you, if you will just trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will not have any idols in your life; that God will not have to punish you for false beliefs; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power in this world.