I marvel once again that when I quiet myself before, my God, He speaks. He speaks to my heart and I hear Him. Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.” (John 10: 3, 4) So I am listening and I am hearing and I am following. He also tells us to seek Him and we will find Him. I am seeking and indeed, I am finding, the One Who promises to be found. (Math 7:7,8)
I am walking through a season in my life where the waters are deep and threatening. They feel like they can swallow me up at any time, but I know they can’t. (Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.,” vs16 “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters,”)
Today the Lord is speaking to my heart that when things are hard when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord raises up a standard against him. (Isa 59:19)
This far he (the little itty bitty devil) may come, but NO further. Just as God marked out the line where the seas meet the shore, they are not permitted to cross onto the land, so He possessively marks out that line in our lives. There is a line that the devil is not allowed to cross and since God is Sovereign, He has the final say!
What God was speaking to my heart on this particular day, was the provision He has stored up for me during these hard times. He is all knowing and this time in my life came as no surprise to Him. So in the midst of this difficult time of pain and deep waters, He has refreshing, strength, and even joy. In fact, the Word tells us that the Joy of the Lord is our strength. It is for us! It is part of our inheritance!
The focus or the awareness that He wanted me to have, was that He has a plan for this time and He has provision for this time. He doesn’t just give you enough to survive or get through by the skin of your teeth but that there is a reservoir of deep abiding provision for this time and that I must learn to drink deeply.
The devil can never do more than our God can do. God is always greater, bigger more powerful. In fact, it is no contest. Just turn on a light and see. The darkness has to flee! It’s not a fight for the Light of the world!
The devil is no competition for our God! With that truth and awareness in mind, we should understand that when the devil brings something into our lives, God has something so much greater! God has a way out…a way through in fact a much better plan in mind. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. What the devil meant for harm, and to destroy you, God will turn for your good.
In fact, we know all things work together for the good of those who love God, those whom He has called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28) What a promise! What hope! What confidence we can have in the midst of all the storms in our lives.
He reminded me that when sin abounds, grace abounds more. When there was a drought in the land, He fed His prophet meat and bread by the mouth of a bird. During that same drought, He fed a widow and her son with oil and flour that never ran out. She could eat as much as she needed. She could be filled and return again and again, without limit, for that season of drought. (1 Kings 17:1-15)
When thousands were hungry and needed to be fed, He used a handful of fish and few loaves of bread so that all ate and were filled and there were left-overs! Baskets of left-overs! Our God is lavish and gracious! (Luke 9:10-17)
Beloved, if you are in a drought, the devil may want you looking at the barrenness in the landscape of your life but God says, look at the Rock, that has a spring of refreshing, strength and provision for you right now and for every tomorrow you have. A well of water that when you drink deeply, will never run dry. (Exod 17:5 & John 4:13,14)
No good thing does He withhold, there is a bounty of provision and substance for this season, this time, so let us drink deeply. Drink and be filled. Let us go to Him, seek Him, find Him, be strengthened in Him, be refreshed in Him, and take joy in Him.
Let the precious river of life wash away every weight and burden, let His perfect love that casts out all fear, fill us to overflowing. Let His light penetrate every dark place, as we go out in His strength and not our own.
He has prepared a banqueting table…
Let us eat and be filled!
I hope you enjoy this beautiful song that I found on the web. To me, it so describes this incredible invitation the Lord extends to all of us, without exception or exclusion. To come…drink…and be filled. He is so good! So lavish and generous. There is no need for us to hunger or thirst anymore.
I’m wading in deeper…won’t you join me…