“Is that so? retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go?”…”I don’t know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2
As I read this verse, I focused on Pharaoh’s answer of “I don’t know the Lord.” Then I began to do some real soul-searching and asked myself, “Sonya, do you really know the Lord?” Because if you really knew God, then your faith would be rock-solid strong, and you would trust God to take you through the process of deliverance. In fact, Sonya, your eyes would never be fixated on your circumstances because you realize that God promises to always take care of you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Yes, God’s perfect plans always bring victory to our lives. We say that we believe and know who God is, but we do not fully trust in Him with all of our heart. During our stormy struggles, many of us silently wonder, “God, did you forget about me?” Absolutely not! Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14.
As most of the earth prepares for its wintry rest and the days become shorter, we can also use this time to our advantage. Buy a couple of starter plants or seed packets and use grow lights to start an inside garden. Watch the progress of the little seeds or plants. By the spring of the following year, they will be mature plants because of your loving care. Our faith and trust in God have the same flourishing capabilities. Like our starter plants, prayer, and study of the Bible are the water and sunshine we need for spiritual growth.
Never forget, God will always take care of us. The Bible is full of life stories that reflect His love and promises to take impossible situations and turn them into victory. If we only understood the value of prayer, we have the privilege of talking to God at any time of the day or night. Even in our deepest sorrows, we can pray, “God, I need your help.” Commit to building a faith-based relationship with God, and day-by-day, the Invisible God will become visible in your life like you never imagined. There is no end to Spiritual growth!
Bible Readings: Psalms 23 and 27
God, we admit that we do not know you as we should. We ask forgiveness for not having complete faith or trusting in you. We desire to have a deeper relationship with you. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen.
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