Ever take a step
Only to slip and fall?
Took a leap of faith
But eventually lost it all?
You laid your heart on the line
And had it crushed and bruised.
Reached out to help some one
And walked away feeling used.
So you determined within yourself
To never repeat
Settled in your mind
To never again risk defeat.
Perhaps you went too far.
What you expected wasn’t God’s intent.
Maybe you were to only be an ambassador
To the places you were sent.
There are times when the Father
Has a plan we cannot see or feel
But that doesn’t mean your time was wasted.
He simply had more of Himself to reveal.
So even though you may not see it
You may not comprehend.
The effort you made had a kingdom purpose.
And it’s the Lord to portend.
Have you ever put yourself out there to help someone in the name of the Lord, only to be rejected or faced ungrateful attitudes? You had the best intention. You wanted to be a blessing or you had the solution to an issue someone was facing, but they refused to listen.
You may have become frustrated or angry deciding that would be the last time you went out of your way to help someone. You decided that in the future you would keep your mouth shut. No one would get an opportunity to use or abuse you again.
Have you ever considered that the refusal or rejection you faced had a purpose far greater than your act or words of love and counsel? Could it be that God knew more was going to be needed to accomplish His purpose?
God may have a hidden agenda that involved something so powerful that the eventual outcome would be talked about for generations. Your act was a seed, an introduction to what God has planned.
You may not see it or feel it, but God is working. Continue to partner with Him. You are God’s hands, heart, and feet on earth. Keep reaching out. Embrace the pain and rejection. God has a plan for it all.
But I will make Pharaoh stubborn so that he will not do what you tell him. Then I will do many miracles in Egypt to prove who I AM.
Be confident that Everywhere you go the Lord is with you and He is On your side. Never think you will be rejected by Him. Go with confidence that He loves you and will take care of all your needs.
It’s easy to forget that we don’t have to live in fear. We don’t have to walk around holding our breath waiting for the next rejection, the next failure. We have available to us a permanent solution to what causes us fear. Jesus said that even though we will face troubles, we don’t have to be afraid. He became the solution. He adopted us into His family and He promises to take care of His own (John 14).
As members of His family we can be confidently confident that nothing can happen to us that He can’t use to work for our good (Romans 8:28). As children of the Most High God, Psalm 118 is our family motto and testimony. We belong to Him and He’s got our backs.
Out of my deep anguish and pain I prayed, and God, you helped me as a father. You came to my rescue and broke open the way into a beautiful and broad place. Now I know, Lord, that you are for me, and I will never fear what man can do to me. For you stand beside me as my hero who rescues me. I’ve seen with my own eyes the defeat of my enemies. I’ve triumphed over them all! Lord, it is so much better to trust in you to save me than to put my confidence in someone else. Yes, it is so much better to trust in the Lord to save me than to put my confidence in celebrities.
It’s easy to get caught up in the cares of life and find ourselves covered in stress and weariness. To avoid looking like we’re drowning, we put on our public faces. We pretend all is well. But God knows we’re hiding. He knows what we’re afraid of. He knows what lies ahead and He wants to love us through it all. God says in Isaiah 49:15-16, “I have not forgotten you. Your name is written in the palm of My hand.”
As long as we live, we will have things come up that will cause us pain, disappointment, and anxiety. How we respond to our distress is very important. If we pretend nothing is
wrong, we are not being honest with ourselves and believe it or not, we are missing an opportunity to experience the power of God’s love.
When we’re tempted to dress up our hurts and pains, there are three truths we must always remember.
1. God wants to help us. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” He already knew we would get into trouble and arranged for us to have help long before we were born. Psalms 34:7 says that the angel of the
Lord encamps around us and rescues us from our troubles.
2. God has a plan for our troubles. Our difficulties come to either reveal things we need to correct (Hebrews 12:6) or to prepare us to help someone else who experience similar circumstances (2 Corinthians 3 – 6). God loves us and He wants us to know how deep and wide His love is for us. He doesn’t only love us when things are going well. He loves us so much that He allows us to experience life’s difficulties. When our hearts are truly His, we won’t try to hide from what we are going through. We will ask Him, “What are you teaching me in this?” and “Who do you want to bless through this?”
3. God will meet us where we are. Sometimes our troubles are of our own making. We make choices that we know do not honor the Lord. We may say something in response to what someone says or does to offend us. Our reactions may embarrass us, but God knows. We may feel ashamed and pull away from the Lord, but that isn’t His will for us. Just like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1 – 10, Jesus will come and spend time with us. We have to confess our sin and He is
faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God has an abundance of grace to welcome us back to Him when we realize that He never leaves us alone.