“And I will bring you into the land concerning which I lifted up My
hand and swore that I would give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
and I will give it to you for a heritage. I am the Lord [you have
the pledge of My changeless omnipotence and faithfulness].
Moses told this to the Israelites, but they refused to listen to Moses
because of their impatience and anguish of spirit and because of their
Exodus 6:8, 9
This verse spoke to me this week. In the midst of crazy battles this scripture spoke to me.
The Israelites had a word from YAH but they refused to listen to Him
because of their impatience, anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.
The fact they were impatient spoke to me because in the midst of storms
and trials we need to be patient. It’s not an easy thing to be patient when you are in a fire.
In the trials I am facing in this season I am have been challenged to be patient.
Patience is important because it reflects our faith in YAH’s ability to bring us through the storm.
No matter what you going through be patient. He will carry you through the storm soon enough. He will deliver you most definitely.
Let’s look at one more scripture that brought everything into perspective for me concerning being patient,
“Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exalt and triumph in our troubles and
rejoice in our sufferings knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce
patient and unswerving endurance.
And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity).
And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.”
Amazing right, or crazy depending on how you see it! Exalt and triumph in your troubles!
Rejoice in your sufferings!
It’s really hard to do if I am to be honest. The pressure can get so much that rejoicing
is the last thing I want to do but one thing is clear from reading this scripture,
YAH has a plan in the storm. The enemy has a plan too, to destroy but not YAH.
He is thinking about growth, blessing, new levels, maturity, endurance and so much more….
We need to change how we look at trials and challenges. We don’t need to be afraid. YAH will bring us
through. He is at work for our good.
“Only think of me when it goes well with you, and please
show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharoah and get me
out of this house.
For in fact I was taken (stolen) from the land of the Hebrews
by [unlawful] force, and even here I have done nothing for
which they should put me in the dungeon.
Genesis 40:14, 15
I think you will agree with me that life gets crazy at times.
Being in the place God has called you to be is not easy at times.
There is joy, happiness and memorable moments but there is
the other stuff. There is the stuff that doesn’t make sense.
There is the stuff that makes you doubt what God told you.
There is the stuff that wants to make you throw in the towel….
Yes, I am talking about the call of God. All this stuff, the good,
the bad define purpose! Joseph knew this so well.
There was a time he wanted out! He felt betrayed and unfairly
treated. He was confused and hurt.
Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and
he placed the cup in Pharoah’s hand. But he hanged the chief
baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Yet the chief butler did not mention Joseph, but forgot him.
It would take two years before the butler remembered Joseph.
It wasn’t easy for him. He had to overcome a lot of things
on the road to fulfilling his purpose. He had to forgive a lot
of people. There was a lot of growing up that had to
happen. It was intense…..
“Now two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine
came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,
bore to him.
Joseph named the firstborn, Manasseh (causing to forget),
for he said, God has made me forget all my trouble and hardship
and all [the sorrow of the loss of] my father’s household.
Genesis 41:50, 51
All I want you to see are the hard times Joseph went through.
God had a plan in the midst of the pain and hardship.
The story of Joseph is one of my favourites. It reminds
me that no matter how bad things get, God has a plan.
When things seem at their worst, He has a plan. Don’t
give up. Don’t throw in the towel. When the odds are
stacked up high against you look to God. You are not
enough on your own! God will bring you through…..
We need to trust in His goodness friends. God is so good.
He is not partially good. He is all good. He has good things
in store for you. The fire you are in will not consume you. You
will come out victorious. There will be good times. There will
be laughter. There will be joy. He will fulfill what He planned for
you…..and that’s a promise!
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Be strong and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for and hope for and expect
If you think waiting on God is a walk in the
park think again……
If you have really waited on God you will
know the truth. It’s a fight to wait.
Psalm 31 captures it perfectly.
Waiting is not for the faint of heart.
The word says take courage!
There have been things I have been waiting
on God for. I have been waiting for months
and years! It’s been such a test. But do I regret
the wait? Not on your life. The waiting was needed.
It played an important part in my growth as a son
of God and it still does…..!
You see, waiting reveals where you are really
at with God. It reveals your heart.
The Israelites saw that they were in trouble.
They felt trapped. They ran away to hide in
caves and cracks in the rock. They hid among
the rocks, in wells, and in other holes in the
Some Hebrews even went across the Jordan
river to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was
still at Gilgal. All the men in his army were
shaking in fear.
Samuel said he would meet Saul at Gilgal.
Saul waited there seven days. But Samuel
had not yet come to Gilgal, and the soilders
began to leave Saul. So Saul said, “Bring
me the burnt offerings and the fellowship
offerings.” Then Saul offered the burnt
As soon as Saul finished offering that sacrifice,
Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet him.
Samuel asked, “What have you done?”
1 Samuel 13:6-11
There is such an important lesson in this story.
Waiting is its own kind of fire. The offering of the
burnt offering was reserved for the priest but
Saul even though was king did it.
God has a reason for making us wait and even
though we don’t understand we must wait. I
have been waiting for a long time for a lot
of things. It has been hard I must admit but I
see it’s what I must do.
God is in control even though it’s hard to see
If you are waiting for God, be strong. It takes a
strong person to wait on the Lord.
Let your heart take courage. The enemy wants us
to panic and take matters in our own hands.
Waiting is one of the greatest acts of trust we can
perform to God.
Impatience shows God our lack of trust in Him.
God’s promise to you may take weeks, months or
years but wait!! He can be trusted…….
He is working in the waiting! Some of His most
important work happens in the waiting so don’t
Don’t lose heart….
You are on His heart….
He has not forgotten about you…..
He is true to His word…..
Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel should be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in (relied on, adhered to, and trusted in) his God. Daniel 6:23
In this season this scripture has ministered to me deeply. What do we do when we find ourselves in the fire and the lion’s den? Because the truth of the matter is, everyone will face the fire everyone will face the lion’s den! No one is exempt! And this proves true for the Christian. Just because you follow Christ does not exempt you from the fire or the lion’s den!
I had my accident but I just found out one of my friends is in hospital because a car bumped into his car!
Another friend of mine has got cancer!
Another friend is unsure about what the future has in store for them and so on and so on…
Pain, heartache, death, disappointment, rejection, and a host of other things are some of the things we have to deal with in this life. But what do we do when we are in the fire, what do we do when we are in the lion’s den??
When I read the story of Daniel in the lion’s den there were a few things that stood out:
Daniel had a relationship with the King who at the time was the most powerful man in the world but even he couldn’t help him! He could not reverse the law he had put in place.
“You should stop trusting in people to save you, because people are only human; they aren’t able to help you.” Isaiah 2:22 NCV
From the story we see the king had tried everything to help Daniel! But with all his power and authority he was not able to deliver him! I am not saying don’t look to people for help. When the fire comes we need the support of people. I could not have got through the trauma I faced without the encouragement and support of people (To read about the accident I was in click here) the issue comes when you rely on people to save you instead of God! He is the only one who can deliver you from the fire and the lion’s den! Man can only do so much but if you think they are the answer then you have missed it.
The king who was the most powerful man in the world at the time was powerless to save Daniel but God wasn’t! God wants you to know He is the only One who can save you from the fire! He is the only One who can deliver you from the lion’s den. No one else is qualified to take God place so don’t put that kind of expectation on people!
“So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in (relied on, adhered to, and trusted in) his God.”
Daniel was not hurt in anyway because he trusted in God! Your trust in God will deliver you from the lion’s den and the fire. That is the ONLY thing that will deliver you!
It doesn’t say his trust in man delivered him from the lion’s den but his trust in God! I want you to get this. When you are in the fire you need to look to God. When you are in the lion’s den cry out to God! He will deliver you. Let us learn from Daniel. I have seen this truth in action! It’s God that has kept me from falling. As I looked to Him, He has put His hand on me. I am at peace because I have decided to trust Him completely.
When I fear I feel His love,
When I open my bible I see him so clearly,
When I spend time with Him, I feel His tangible presence,
When I worship, I feel His hand on me,
I hear His voice in the music I listen to (worship music mostly) and the people who encourage and support me!
That’s what happened to me when I trusted Him in the fire, in the lion’s den!
“My God has sent His angel and has shut the lion’s mouth so that they have not hurt me,” Daniel 6:22
God was with Daniel in the lion’s den and like Daniel He is with you! His angels are with you. You are not alone in the fire and in the lion’s den! So praise Him, draw close to Him!
God is so great and amazing and we ought not to forget that. We need to have things that constantly remind us of this truth. I was reading the Word of God this morning and I came across another amazing passage. It talks about God’s great faithfulness and mercy. Be encouraged as you read it.
I wrote about the Israelites in one of my previous posts and I will continue in this one because this passage of scripture writes about them. We can learn a lot about God from their story. We can also take encouragement from them. So let us continue.
They refused to obey, nor were they mindful of your wonders and miracles which You did among them; but they stiffened their necks and in their rebellion appointed a captain, that they might return to their bondage [in Egypt]. But You are a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful,slow to anger, and of great steadfast love; and You did not forsake them.
– We know this story too well. It is when the spies are sent out to spy out Jericho. When they get back to camp the ten spies tell the other Israelites they don’t stand a chance against the giants in the land. Joshua and Caleb are the only two spies who tell the people that they can conquer the land. Anyway the people believe the ten spies and decide to go back to Egypt. Please understand that they were at the door of the promise land. All they had to do now was step in. But they didn’t. They failed in their faith to God. But even in the midst of all this God did not forsake them. This is the God we serve!
He is ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great steadfast love toward us. He will not forsake us.
God will not forsake you. He cares for you. You may think God has had it with you but He is with you. You may think He has had enough of you because of your sins but He will not forsake you.
Let us look at another verse.
Even when they had made for themselves a molten calf and said, This is your god, who brought you out of Egypt, and had committed great and contemptible blasphemies,
You in Your great mercy forsook them not in the wilderness; the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day to lead in the way, nor the pillar of fire by night to light the way they should go.
Are there things in your life that are gods? There is only one God and He created the universe. He is Jehovah, the God Almighty. I was shown how I made a certain thing in my life a god. It was a hard reality for me. I realised it had to stop. I had to stop exalting this other thing above God. It has been hard but I keep looking to God for help. But as I was on this journey I thought God had abandoned me. I was so wrong. God is with me and He will never forsake me. God never forsook the Israelites when they made the golden calf. Instead, He kept directing them. He protected them as they travelled. When they realised the error of what they were doing and came to Him, He forgave them. And it is the same for you. God will not forsake you. Confess your sin. It doesn’t help to hide your sin. He is gracious and merciful towards you.
I will stop here but there are many more stories about His mercy and graciousness. Remember, He will not forsake you.
This is the Great God we serve!!!