For reading & meditation: Psalms 142
“When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.” (v.3)
We referred yesterday to our heavenly Father as “the God of remarkable surprises”. We must stay with that thought a little longer and draw from it further inspiration. Who hasn’t seen the scenario in the old silent movies in which a victim is tied to a railway track by a handlebar- moustached villain? But the story isn’t over: invariably, moments before the train comes thundering around the corner, someone rescues the hapless victim from what looks like certain death – and often in the most surprising manner. Have you not often found a similar scenario in your own life? Just when it looks as if you are facing what seems like unmitigated disaster, the “God of remarkable surprises” turns a desperate situation into an opportunity for unparalleled joy. How does He do it? Just when we are feeling as if there is no one in the world who cares and that we will not be able to get through the day, He draws close to us and wraps the warmth of His presence around us in a way that makes the experience of temporary isolation worthwhile. You see, sometimes our knowledge of God is just theoretical – we know Him in our heads, but we dont really know Him in our hearts. In the depths of loneliness, however, this undergoes a deep change the theory is turned into reality. Someone has defined loneliness as “the surprising opportunity to know God”. It is. When there is no one but God – those are the times when we learn to know God – and really know Him. The experience of loneliness is not easy to go through, but believe me, it is worth far more than the cost. Father, something within me still shrinks away from the challenge that You are putting before me. Help me to understand, however, that in order to know You – really know You – I must be willing, not just to trust, but obey. Amen.
Father, something within me still shrinks away from the challenge that You are putting before me. Help me to understand, however, that in order to know You – really know You – I must be willing, not just to trust, but obey. Amen.
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