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Bible Ballistics: BBs #569   With These Two Hands???

 

But they that wait upon the LORD

shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up

with wings as eagles;

they shall run,

and not be weary;

and they shall walk,

and not faint.”   Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah’s prophecy was of God’s coming judgment for the sin of Israel.  I can’t help but think how much this comforting, yet convicting message is to me. We are called to “wait upon the LORD”, yet so many of our problems come because we aren’t willing to “wait upon the LORD!  I know in my own life, I have often become impatient and fidgety for my own way, in my own time, and I have left God at the gate (so to speak).  Rather than waiting for God’s way, plan, timing and provision. Almost like what Solomon describes in his wonderful painting of love in The Song Of Solomon—a picture of Christ Jesus’ love for us!  Kind of like the old saying, “I hear you knocking, but you can’t come in!”

I sleep, but my heart waketh:

it is the voice of my beloved

that knocketh, saying,

Open to me, my sister,

my love, my dove,

my undefiled:

for my head is filled with dew,

and my locks with the drops

of the night.

3 I have put off my coat;

how shall I put it on?

I have washed my feet;

how shall I defile them?

 4 My beloved put in his hand

by the hole of the door,

and my bowels were moved for him.

5 I rose up to open to my beloved;

and my hands dropped with myrrh,

and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh,

upon the handles of the lock.

6 I opened to my beloved;

but my beloved had withdrawn himself,

and was gone:

my soul failed when he spake:

I sought him,

but I could not find him;

I called him,

but he gave me no answer.”    Song Of Solomon 5:2-6

God will not always wait for us to hear and obey—how often do we let the opportunity pass to have intimate fellowship and relationship with our Lord?  As God said in Noah’s day:

And the LORD said,

My spirit shall not always strive with man,”   Genesis 6:3a

Whether we are talking about the lost heeding the call of The Holy Spirit, or the saved yielding to His voice to our heart, it is a tragic thing in our lives to walk our own way rather than “wait upon the LORD”!  Oh, how often I have made wrong choices and decisions ‘with these two hands’—doing my own thing because I wasn’t willing to “wait upon the LORD” to speak, to reveal HIS will, to direct my steps, to show me the way, to adjust my thinking!  How about you? Ever ‘been there, done that’?  I think we all have, but may we ponder the things of God and fill our hearts with His Word, so we can grow in His power.  James said it best, so I’d like to close with a reminder of the need to endure trials, times of waiting, and/or times of confusion and anxiety.  God never fails, and if we will but “lean not to your own understanding” and “wait upon the LORD”, we will find Him faithful, and can live with that “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” and not regrets!  Oh, to keep my hands off—and HIS hands on.  For even when we can’t see HIS hand, we can trust HIS heart, His character, His purposes, and HIS timing!  Oh, me!

My brethren,

count it all joy

when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this,

that the trying of your faith

worketh patience.

4 But let patience

have her perfect work,

that ye may be perfect

and entire,

wanting nothing.

5 If any of you lack wisdom,

let him ask of God,

that giveth to all men liberally,

and upbraideth not;

and it shall be given him.”  James 1:2-5

Blessings on your day, and may you come to “know” this.

Amen and Amen!