God’s holiness so deeply impacted Isaiah he thought his life was over. In all likelihood, he recalled the words of God to Moses saying, “no man shall see Me and live” (Ex.33:20). Whether a vision or a view into the heavenly realm, we know Isaiah was never the same.
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When we take time to pore over the Scriptures, we no longer see Abram as a flat dusty character, but a real human being who was a bold and passionate man of faith.
Abram trusted God; and his choices not only exhibited a character that pursued peace, but also faith in the ability of God to fulfill His promises.
Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.
Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.
He knew his actions didn’t support his earlier claim of loyalty and devotion. He was profoundly ashamed. He was overwhelmed by his failure. He couldn’t trust his feelings, so he appealed to Jesus who knew all that was in his heart.
Living through seemingly unfair situations, David was uniquely qualified to encourage us with a testimonial.
The word “wait” is the exact opposite of frantically trying to make something happen before its time on a self-determined timetable. Wait conveys persistent expectancy—waiting on God to accomplish His purpose at His appointed time.
David had come to know the Lord’s goodness over the course of a lifetime. He experienced the Lord’s care in every area of his life and the Lord had never failed Him. Based on God’s past faithfulness, David had an expectant confidence of God’s continued care not only in this mortal life, but in the very presence of the Lord forever!
More often than not, it is during the difficult and challenging periods of our life that we draw closer to the Lord seeking His protection. David poetically affirms this is the proper response to adversity; but, how do we react to God’s blessing?
Does David really believe that God always chooses the right path? We aren’t left to draw our own conclusions. Yes, he believes it even though he’s walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
When King David testifies, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures,” it’s not the shepherd forcing a “lie-down” on the sheep (v.2). Sheep do not lie down to eat. Rather, because they’re already full and completely satisfied—the sheep can rest in the verdant pastures.
Imagine yourself sitting across the table from King David. He’s earnestly discussing his relationship with God. He’s not throwing around abstract theological concepts in monotone disconnect. He’s the king of Israel passionately speaking to you from personal experience. He’s relating his own personal journey of living the life of faith.
Our calling is to be a visible demonstration of God’s grace. To walk worthy of our calling is important for every Christian, but especially as we relate to one another within the body of Christ. It isn’t a difficult concept. Summarized in three simple words, we need to “walk the talk.” Be real. Be authentic. Practice what you preach. Have integrity.
Because we love the hour of blue—that moment of intense twilight just between sunset and nightfall—my wife and I usually take our walk at this time of night and return home in the dark on most evenings. Walking in the dark can be lonely, even frightening. But, it’s much easier if you brought a flashlight! With the beam illuminating the path, you can identify obstacles and avoid stumbling.
We are reminded that the Christian life isn’t so much about working, striving and toiling, as much as it is about allowing God to work in our lives and through our lives to accomplish His predetermined purpose for our lives.