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Day 3 – Issue 12

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Be Still Know

Isaiah 38:3 NLT

‘Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.’ Then he broke down and wept bitterly.

Life is unpredictable! How obvious is that, and yet I, like many others, order my life around assumptions that tomorrow, next week, next year will be much the same as today. I plan for what I define as normal, and don’t anticipate changes. You may have heard the phrase, ‘constant change is here to stay’, a mantra that attempts to postpone an attitude of settling for the status quo. However, we still drop roots and establish all the trappings of permanence.

For Hezekiah, having proven faithful if somewhat double-minded, as most of us are, this meant a serious diagnosis of a fatal illness. The shock was real and he took himself off to plead with God for life. He reminded God of the many excellent things he had done in God’s name, and how he had proven faithful over the years.

As I accompanied Katey on her journey with progressive MS, hope for divine intervention, our first port of call, gave way to anger. How could a God of love allow this to happen? Eventually, we began to seek God in the heart of the storm that was rocking our world, and discovered a God who enabled us to approach life from a completely different direction. We were stretched so that we might grow and be better prepared for our eternity with the God who loved us more completely than we had ever experienced or imagined.

You may be faced with the most devastating news. Nothing can immunise you from the shock and the desperate pleading that God might take this from you. And he may. However, it might be that you have to find the tools to embrace this unwelcome reality and discover God in the very heart of it. Losing control over your life is devastating – yet it was never yours from the moment you surrendered it to God. God is at work in the most desperate of circumstances; you have to seek him out and connect. God will neither fail nor forsake you.

QUESTION: Do your circumstances determine whether you know God’s love or not?

PRAYER: Faithful Father, thank you that your love and faithful presence is enduring throughout all the storms of life. 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.

Written by: Matt Weet

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