By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going.
[Heb 11:8 NET]
Whither he went, he knew not; it was enough for him to know that he went with God. He leant not so much upon the promises as upon the Promiser. He looked not on the difficulties of his lot, but on the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, who had deigned to appoint his course, and would certainly vindicate Himself. O glorious faith! This is thy work, these are thy possibilities: contentment to sail with sealed orders, because of unwavering confidence in the love and wisdom of the Lord High Admiral: willinghood to rise up, leave all, and follow Christ, because of the glad assurance that earth’s best cannot bear comparison with heaven’s least.
~ F. B. Meyer ~
STILLNESS IN WAITING
[Psalm 37:7; 1 Timothy 1:16; Hebrews 6:12; James 5:7-8]
I pray that you will be still before the Lord and wait for him patiently. May you trust in the Lord’s perfect timing, for He will fulfill His promises to you in due time. Just as Christ Jesus displays His unlimited patience towards you, I pray that you will also be patient toward the people and circumstances around you. May you not rush your circumstance so you will reap a harvest and the season will come when the goodness you have sown will become ripe. May God strengthen your patience and help you to stand firm. I pray that through faith, you will inherit what has been promised.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Non-Conformity to the World
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,
[1 John 2:15 NET]
Why should our poor enjoyments here
Be thought so pleasant and so dear,
And tempt our hearts astray?
Our brightest joys are fading fast,
The longest life will soon be past;
And if we go to heaven at last,
We need not wish to stay.
So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time!”
[John 6:34 NET]
That was a good prayer. It is just the prayer for each one of us–every day! But the people who made it first, did not know what they were asking.
It is often so in our praying. We have a dim, glimmering vision of something very beautiful–but it is only a shadowy vision to us. The thing we think we want, is not the thing at all that God had in mind in his promise. He meant something most worthy–but we have in our mind the thought of something material and earthly. It is well that we have an Intercessor into whose hands all our requests must pass, who will take our poor, mistaken prayers–and interpret them aright for us, giving us, not what we thought we would get–but something better, diviner!
Abraham sought all his life, for a country which he never received. But he got something better in his unavailing search–his faith was growing all the while; his thoughts and hopes were turned to spiritual things, of which the earthly possessions he sought were only shadows. So it is in the disappointments of our praying: what we seek–we find not—but meanwhile we are getting blessings a thousand times better. On weary paths of earth where we toil in search of supposed blessings, we are really rising step by step on invisible stairs, and reaching blessings of which the earthly illusions were only pictures.