Flashing Back to the Words God Highlighted During Our Trial with Bill #1 (originally posted on Caring Bridge – 6/17/16)
Is anything too hard for the LORD?… (Genesis 18:14 ESV)
Many questions will bombard your mind when you are waiting on a promise and/or going through a difficult trial, especially when there are no natural means available to help. This is the only question worth my attention right now. Entertaining anything less is the difference between utter anguish of heart and incomprehensible peace. The choice is not easy, but it is imperative.
God says that today, he places a choice before us (Deuteronomy 30:19): Life or death, blessings or curses. He is so faithful and lovely that He even goes on to tell us which one to choose: “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (NIV). I’m banking on the promise attached to it. My choice affects my children. It affects Bill’s life.
God asked Abraham if anything was too hard for Him when He assured him that they were finally going to have their promised child. He had just told them that He appointed the time of fruition for that time next year. Sarah, who was listening in on the conversation, laughed and then lied (verses 12 and 15). She was like, “Really? Now, after my body is doubly dead and I’ve all but given up!” Often it seems like God’s timing is late, but I am certain He is never a moment too early or too late. As difficult as it is to stand and wait, His timing is perfect.
When it seems like God isn’t moving, I am reminded that He made His big move 2,000 years ago on that cross. Today, it’s my move. I choose to believe. I choose life, so that me and my children will live. Amen.
Keep lifting us up. We need your love and encouragement!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! (Psalm 126:5 ESV)
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. (John 14:1 NLT)
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and will bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it fear. (John 14:26-27 BLB)
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 BSB)
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. (Hebrews 3:12-14 ESV)