FAITH AND THE APPOINTED TIME!
Verse for Today: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Genesis 18:14 – Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.
A great war is going on in the world for centuries between faith and unbelief. Faith is supported by trust, whereas unbelief is strengthened by doubt, confusion and mistrust. Faith goes by hope in the Lord and unbelief goes by circumstantial evidences of likely failures. Faith believes in the unseen whereas unbelief always wants to follow sight. When faith marches forward against time, place and capacity, unbelief travels by time-bound targets and proofs. When faith knocks at the door, the child of God opens the door and receives faith with praise whereas when unbelief knocks at the door, he always calls Jesus to answer the door. Jesus is always the answer to chase unbelief away. Faith is welcomed with trust, commitment, loyalty and allegiance based on the Word of God. Faith is capable of shattering the greatest degree of unbelief and doubt because faith comes in and through the word of God which is eternally secured in heaven. When a child of God is hesitating to believe and is tossed around by circumstantial evidences of negativity, faith comes to ask if any thing is too hard for the Lord. Faith is full of vision about the capacity of the Lord to fulfill His promises. Faith has an appointed time for the promises to be fulfilled which is set by the author and finisher of faith. Faith gives a divine guarantee and no one else is able to add to the strength of such a guarantee. Faith challenges us to take a step forward with the Lord who is the guarantor of all His promises. Faith is preconditioned with unconditional surrender of our will to the Lord who will fulfill His will in our lives at the right time.
Dear friend, is the world trying to ask you for evidence that your faith will work at the right time? Are you tossed around with doubt and confusion about what you are hoping for? Remember, our Lord is not the author of confusion. His Spirit is not a Spirit of doubt and hesitation to believe. The Lord has promised to meet your needs and answer your puzzles at His appointed time. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Almighty has set an appointed time for a puny creature like you to get your answers? If you and I can believe and trust this Lord for all our eternity, can we not trust Him for our tomorrows? If He is capable of transforming our eternal curse into eternal blessing, how much more is He capable of meeting our mundane needs on a daily basis? Our Lord has fulfilled His promises to Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, Nehemiah, Daniel, Paul and millions of His precious children in the past. He proved His faithfulness to His children all through recorded history. He healed where people were sick and fed those who were hungry. He gave water in unusual circumstances. He secured victory without chariots and horses. He made the sun to stop and rain to come down to facilitate His children’s needs. He stopped storms, winds and waves and shut the flames and the mouths of lions in order to fulfill His purposes for His precious children. He is with us today and He knows all our needs. He has set an appointed schedule for our needs to be met and will do so without fail. The answer to the question by the angel of the Lord as to whether there is any thing too hard for the Lord is always a big “NO”. Yes, He can do all things and will do all what is required for you and me today in mysterious ways. Some things will be done today and some other things will be done in the following days. He is the surety for all that He has promised which are all for our blessings today and the rest of our days.
Job 42:1-2 – Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted”.
Thought for Today
Blessed are those who put their absolute faith in the Lord Jesus and wait for His appointed time with patience and peace.
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