A Word of Encouragement

You CAN Depend on God

Depend on God
It’s time for Five Minute Friday. Write for 5 minutes on a prompt. Today’s Prompt: Depend Ready, Go!

 

The Lord is good to those who DEPEND on him,
    to those who search for him.
 So it is good to wait quietly
    for salvation from the Lord.
 And it is good for people to submit at an early age
    to the yoke of his discipline:

Have you ever noticed that we tend to grab onto a scripture without ever noticing its context?The Book of Lamentations has been popping out at me so often lately.

Yes, we all know chapter 3 verse 22 &23

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness;

    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

But recently I was struck with the lines before this

Chapter 3 verse 19-21

The thought of my suffering and homelessness
    is bitter beyond words.
 I will never forget this awful time,
    as I grieve over my loss.
 Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:

I came to realize that the verse we know and memorize comes straight out of despair and agony. Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet. He had warned the Israelites that if they didn’t turn back to God that God would allow the enemies to overtake them. And here they were in captivity with the temple in ruins.

Jeremiah was crying out to the people and all of a sudden in the middle of his lament, he starts to praise God. I tend to think that he realized that what the psalmist said is true, God inhabits the praises of his people! (Psalm 22:3)

And now let’s look at these scriptures following “Great is thy faithfulness.”

  1. God is good to those who depend on Him and those who search for Him.  What part does God actually have in your life? Do we go to Him for direction and wisdom? Are we searching for God in our every day lives? Do we take time each day to seek Him out, to give Him our day, and allow Him to control it?
  2. It is good to wait quietly for the Lord. Yikes! Quietly? That word quietly really jumped out at me today. When we have a trial, how well do we wait on God? And do we wait quietly? Or are we grumbling and complaining the whole time while we wait?
  3. It is good to submit early to His discipline. And now the word  “early” is jumping out. Maybe we do get around to accepting the will of God but certainly not right off. I think most of us probably put up a fight. We quarrel like a child trying to get his way.

What did Job say in the midst of his trial?

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
    God’s name be ever blessed. Job 1:21

Job realized right off that he never truly had anything but God. He had nothing to begin with and nothing again. He realized that it was God all along that had given him everything and God He deserved the praise.

Depending on God is so tough for us.

After all, we all want to be in control and feel like we have it all together. But in reality, we are nothing. It’s all about God and the sooner we figure this out the better off we will be.

Security in our stuff or in our place in society is fleeting.

Security in God is forever.

There is only true peace and rest when we depend on Him.

So it comes down to this.

  1. Am I praising God so that He can live in me?
  2. Am I depending on Him to take care of my needs?
  3. Do I resist the temptation to complain and argue with God?
  4. Have I submitted to His will completely and early?
  5. Do I realize that it’s not about me and it’s ALL ABOUT HIM?

You see, it comes down to praise. God wants our praise and if we offer Him our praise, He is right there taking care of the details.  At the end, Job realized that the trial was only to prove that Job was faithful. And he passed with flying colors.

I heard a quote from Joni Eareckson Tada recently,

“God permits what He hates

to accomplish what He loves.”

Isn’t that beautiful? It’s a good answer to the “Why” question.

I believe if we can hang on to some of these truths, we will find the beauty in the valley we are going through.

Hang on to Him, dear friend. He is dependable! We can depend on Him for all of life’s needs.

 

signed Mandy

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I won’t be writing during the 31-day challenge this October. You might like to read my previous writing challenges.

October 2015 – Waiting and Trusting

May 2016 – Fibromyalgia Is Real

October 2016 – A Treasure Trove of Ministry Helps

2017 Devotions on Perseverance. {Watch for the purple pop-up}

Let’s finish with a hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness

6 thoughts on “You CAN Depend on God

  1. Thank you for these great reminders to depend fully on our Lord. Recently He’s really been touching my heart to learn to obey Him quickly–“early” as these verses say. And thank you for this beautiful hymn.

  2. GG I have a blog I started writing this morning and then had to stop to pack up to go out of town. In the car now reading your post because these are the exact verses I chose to write about today. I’m trying the 31 day challenge again. It’s been hard to think about what to write, but this morning I was going walking and God reminded me of these verses. i can’t wait to finish mine. Hope I can get it done today and keep up with 31 days.

    Great words to covering the verses and I love the ones you shared before. I missed that.

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