SPEAKING SOLUTIONS, NOT AGREEING WITH PROBLEMS

BY:  JOANNE ANSTINE – SEPTEMBER 13, 2008

A precious letter we received from a dear friend!  May it bless you this day!

Dear Sunny,

PTL and blessings – and thank you for being one of the very few I have heard saying we are to pray that Father intervene in the intensity of this storm (in Psa. 148, He tells us that “fire and hair, snow and vapours, stormy wind fulfilling His word”.)  One man spoke forth (into the air, alas) that he was “expecting the worst.”  I say no.  I also say no to those who seem to welcome such destruction because “God is judging America for her wickedness.”  No tears, no lament – simply judging words. 

I have not been watching what has been going on – find it hard to focus on Him when the focus is on what is being shown.  Also, there is almost an excitement in the reporting; yes, it is their job, but… well, I find it hard to listen to it all, and so… I do not.

This morning, in Streams in the Desert, there was this reading, and it spoke to me about this present storm (and, really, all storms, of all kinds), and came to me to share it with you – someone of like precious faith in speaking out what God says…

“Wait on the Lord; be strong.  And let your heart take courage.  Yes, wait on the Lord!”  (Psa. 27:14 RV)

The psalmist had just said, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of living.”  If it had not been for his faith in God, his heart had fainted.  But in the confident assurance in God which faith gives, he urges himself and us to remember one thing above all – to wait upon God.

One of the chief needs in our waiting upon God, one of the deepest secrets of its blessedness and blessing, is a quiet, confident persuasion that it is not in vain; courage to believe that God will hear and help; we are waiting on a God who never could disappoint His people.

“Be strong and of good courage.”  These words are frequently found in connection with some great and difficult enterprise, a prospect of the combat with the power of strong enemies, and the utter insufficiency of all human strength.  Is waiting on God a work so difficult, that, for that, too, such words are needed, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage?”  Yes, indeed.  The deliverance for which we often have to wait is from enemies [storms], in the presence of which we are impotent.  The blessings for which we plead are spiritual and all unseen; things impossible with men; heavenly, supernatural, divine realities.  Our hearts may well faint and fail.  Our souls are so little accustomed to hold fellowship with God, the God on whom we wait so often  appears to hide Himself.  We who have to wait are often tempted to fear that we do not wait aright, that our faith is too feeble, that our desire is not as upright or as earnest as it should be, that our surrender is not complete.  Amid all these causes of fear or doubt, how blessed to hear the voice of God, “Wait on the Lord!  Be strong and let your heart take courage!  Yea, wait on the Lord!”  Let nothing in heaven or earth or hell – let nothing keep you from waiting on your God in full assurance that it cannot be in vain.  Andrew Murray

I refuse to look at the pictures of destruction that the media and weather people want us to see. (Why?  So we can pray?  Sorry, but probably not.)  Why do believers want to look – Lord willing, there will be those who pray, rather than wringing hands and speaking words of woe.

Anyway, enough of that.  The words from Andrew Murray would have us focus on, wait on, the Lord God Almighty… our Father.

Thank you for being a bellwether in the walk of faith, and prayer.  You are such a blessing, dear Sunny.  How I thank Father for the gift of you!  Pray all is well with you and Roger.

Love and blessings…and hugs,

Joanne

 

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