Today's Scripture

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by sweetiepie, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

    God's Purpose Will Stand

    "Remember the former things, those of
    long ago; I am God, and there is no
    other; I am God, and there is none like
    me. I make known the end from the
    beginning, from ancient times, what is
    still to come. I say: My purpose will
    stand, and I will do all that I please."
    (Isaiah 46:9-10 NIV)

    Times of leanness have great lessons to
    communicate. Even though this was written
    in humor, there must have been a time of
    leanness in this man's childhood: "When I
    was coming up, times were so lean my parents
    couldn't even afford to pay attention. We
    would eat rice for breakfast, drink water
    for lunch, and then just let it swell up
    for supper. One Christmas all I received
    for a gift was a tumbleweed for a pet."

    Leanness comes into our lives in different
    ways and in "inopportune" times. Those of
    us who are in constant pain and daily deal
    with all the stress of chronic illness know
    our leanness is in physical health and this
    can easily lead to leanness in emotional
    and financial health.

    Is there any purpose to these times of
    leanness which can bring so much stress to
    our lives? These difficult times can
    be used to teach us to trust and obey God
    and that He alone is to be the object our
    focus. God knows it is probably more difficult
    to remain pure, grateful and faithful when
    times are good and provisions are plentiful
    because in these times, we often forget that
    we need to depend on God for everything in
    our lives.

    Friends, consider these encouragements from
    God's Holy Word when pain and illness seem to
    consume us:

    1. God is your all-sufficient source.
    (Isaiah 46:9-10; Psalm 46 NIV)

    2. Your prayers are your lifeline and His delight
    (Jeremiah 32:27, 33:3 NIV)

    3. Leanness is not a curse, but rather a gift.
    (Psalm 119:71-77 NIV)

    4. Value and grateful appreciate may only be
    possible when we look at things through the lenses
    of faith and eternal perspective. (Hebrews 10:32-37 NIV)

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to see the
    value in our difficult times and to remember that
    you are always faithful to us if we will only believe
    in your goodness and mercy.

    Patricia Armstrong lives in Virginia Beach, Va.,
    with her husband, Richard. Patricia is a retired
    elementary school eacher who enjoys church
    activities, camping, reading and gardening. She
    has organized a Chronic Pain and Illness Support
    Group at her church and prays that God will help
    all members to believe that God's lessons can be
    learned from dealing with pain and illness.

    Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people
    Who live with chronic illness or pain.
  2. nickbeth

    nickbeth New Member

    Amen! I have often wondered in the last two years if this journey of pain and financial hardship was God answering my prayers for faith. Regardless of it's origin, I know without a doubt that He is using it to teach me about His faithfulness and provision. If He didn't directly intervene many times, we would have been homeless and I would be MUCH sicker than I am now. Thank you for your willingness to do this, I ask the Father's blessing on you for your service.