Bible Ballistics: BBs #354 The God Who Hears???
“Blessed be the Lord,
because he hath heard
the voice of my supplications.
7 The Lord is my strength
and my shield;
my heart trusted in him,
and I am helped:
therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:6-7
Because He hears and knows all things, I can rejoice, walking forward confidently, pressing on by the power of The Lord Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit dwelling in me! I don’t have to stay down when I fall, I don’t have to settle for my weakness, because His strength is working in me, supplying overcoming power. His total provision displayed in our weakness when we give it to HIM!!!
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,
for Christ’s sake:
for when I am weak,
then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Paul had a problem that he had taken to God on at least three occasions, yet God’s reply was not, “You don’t have enough faith!” or even “You messed up.” or “You disobeyed!”. What God said to Paul was that “My grace is sufficient for thee”! Do you mean God didn’t heal him immediately? Well, yes that is what I mean. God told Paul no because God had a greater lesson for Paul to learn, and it’s a lesson we each need to learn. We are so used to human strength being the answer, but God wants us understand that His way is different, because HIS “strength is made perfect in weakness”. Our weakness showcases His provision!
We must learn that it’s all about His strength not our weakness. It’s about His ability working through our inability, and us trusting in His sovereign provision, not our own devices. Then we can rejoice in the sufficiency and trustworthiness of our God!
“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” 2 Corinthians 3:4-5
Just as the Psalmist said so simply: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (See Psalm 23)
We can rely upon the good “shepherd”, He who gave His life for the sheep. He is ever working on our behalf. So cast all your cares on Him “for he careth for you.” (See 1 Peter 5:7) He hears and He knows what you need! Always!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29