Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wonderful Word Wednesday – El Roi

 

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As I sat reading our daily portion for the study of El Roi this morning I felt the Holy Spirit raise my level of discernment and to take note that this is not fully how I am to see God.   I believe there is a contradiction in what we are asked to do today.   You see I desire one thing through this study - that is to have my personal vision and yours be opened up so big in how we see and know God that we will trust and obey Him at any cost!   Not to have one single ounce of doubt of who He is and what He does for us. 

Note:  this was not what I had planned to write about.  This is what God placed on my heart to share.  I pray it blesses you and helps you see God in a new way today!

Let’s review what we are asked to do so those not reading with us can follow along:

Reflect on:       Genesis 21:1-21

Praise God:      For faithfully hearing your prayers.

Offer Thanks:  For God’s timely help.

Confess:           Your disbelief despite the evidence of God’s past faithfulness.

Ask God:          To hear your cries for help.

Hmm??? Does anyone else see what is wrong here?

There is never ever going to be a time in your life once you believe and ask Jesus into your life, that God will NOT hear your cries for help.  He always hears the cries of the humble heart.  It is the proud He resists.   And even then He hears their cries for help too!   God always hears our prayers.   You never ever have to ask God to hear your prayer.  EVER!   Our fellowship can be broken with Him if we are walking in sin and not confessing it to Him.   Yet, He knows our needs and is gracious to give them to us.   Your very life is in His hands.   He knows you.   He sees you.  He loves you.   Let us meditate on these truths and then,  please let them change your relationship with Him!

You and I can count on Him to hear us no matter how big or small the trial is that we are going through.  You and I can count on Him to not only hear our prayer but to already be fast at work to do what we need in the situation.   

It is NOT up to us when God will answer our prayers.   That is the hardest part for all of us – waiting on God to answer.   Why?  Because our flesh wants what it wants when it wants it.   And the world tells us the greatest lie of all – that we are owed it!  That we deserve what we want.  That we should go get what we want whenever we want it regardless of the cost.  

Which as we all know is NOT the best for us.  THANK GOD He does not answer us all of the time immediately.   Thank God He cares so much for us and sees the situation through His awesome wisdom and from the beginning to the end of it.   He knows what we need all of the time.  Right down to the most remote detail that you and I would NEVER think of.  He sees and He knows. 

Here is what we can ask in faith – “God help me to see You in this situation, help me to trust You are there, work in my unbelief, and please give me wisdom and grace to get through this.

Ann used the example of Hagar with Ishmael in the desert when he was parched and she could barely go on with him – and she began to doubt God’s promises.   Then she used the example of David crying out to God in Psalm 69:3, “I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.  My eyes fail, looking for my God.”  In both situations God had not left them or forgotten about them.  

Both Hagar and David were in desperate situations during their cries out to God.   And God was right there and answered in perfect timing.  Within moments of Hagar crying out – God supplied the water for Ishmael.  He saw.  He knew.  He understood.  He supplied for her needs.  He spoke to her once again through the angel, saying, “Fear not, for God has heard the cries of the lad where he is….then God opened her eyes and before her was a well.” Genesis 21:17-19 

Before we look a little closer at what was going on and how humble David was when he cried out to God, let’s focus on our human limitations.   You and I can’t see past today and sometimes this very moment.   You and I can’t possibly know what is going to happen next or what is up ahead.   I for one thank God for that because honestly if He let me in on too much I would probably mess it up.   Or I might doubt what I see and might even be dumb enough to think I know a better way to get there.  That is how we humans work.   Sad.  But true. 

God has given us commands to obey – love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and mind.  Love your neighbors as yourself.  Husbands love your wives as Jesus loves the church.  Wives respect your husbands.   Children obey your parents for this is right and well pleasing to the Lord.   Love the sinner, hate the sin.  

God has also given us words of wisdom to live by  - It is by your love that others will know you are a child of Mine.  Forgive as you have been forgiven.   Judge not lest you be judged.   Put others above yourself…be humble.   Seek wisdom.   Ask Me.  Seek Me.  Knock upon My door.   Deny yourself.  Follow Me.  Love not the world or anything in it…it will all pass away.

All of us should be rejoicing at every moment that it is by God’s wisdom and knowing that we can get through our trials and daily tasks.   It is by His grace that we can do all things.   It is by His Spirit we have the strength to go on another day.  It is not by our power or might or even our intelligence – which will run out somewhere along the way!    Why should you or I be rejoicing in the depth of our despair?   Because He is El Roi – The God who sees you!    Nothing goes unseen before the Lord our God.  NOTHING!  (This also works in our favor when we are sinning against God, the Holy Spirit works to convict us and to bring us back into fellowship with God and man.) 

You and I are never alone.  Despite what our human emotions might tell us.  Despite what our human eyes may be able to see.  We are NEVER alone.   He is there.  He cares.  He understands.  He will supply for our needs in His perfect timing.

That is the key. 

Not in your or my timing.   Because He knows the beginning and the ending and what we need to grow in faith and the knowledge of who He is in order that our lives will give Him all the glory.  He is not a God of portions or fractions.  He doesn’t give in halves.  He gives all the way every time.   He didn’t supply half of what we needed for salvation.  He gave it all one time – it is FINISHED!   You and I are fully saved once we believe upon His Son and ask Him to be the Lord of our lives.   Done!

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The rest of our lives is for our sanctification.   From glory to glory.  Through faith by faith.   Some days a moment at a time.  All so that we will seen in the very image of Jesus and shine Him in everything we do!

How tragic that we ever believe even for a moment that He is not there and does not care about our circumstances that may feel as though they are crushing us. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

verse 10-15 say, “always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So death works in us, but life in you.

But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.”

These verses remind me of another favorite of mine – Luke 9:23-25:

And He (Jesus) was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.

For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

Back to David and Psalm 69, we see in this beautiful Psalm the humility of a man who knows that his sins came with a cost.   That cost, the possible stumbling of others who watched him closely as their king.   You and I are being watched by family, friends, colleagues, fellow sisters and brothers of Christ – we too can stumble them by how we live out our faith.   We may be the only bible they ever read.  We can stumble them by legalistic behavior.  We can stumble them by giving them a wrong image of God by the way we act and react.  We can stumble them by how and what we pray.   We can stumble them when we take God’s word out of context and use it for our own personal agenda.   We can stumble them when we ourselves have not submitted to God and are still trying to control our lives.  

David knew his actions came with a cost and consequences.    

Remember – you always reap more than you sow. God is no mans debtor!  You always reap later than you sow.  We all reap what we sow.  Sow selfishness reap selfishness.  Sow hate reap hate.  Sow to the wind reap from the wind.  Sow greed reap greed.  Sow faith reap peace, rest, hope and joy! Sow love reap love.  Always consider the cost!

1 Corinthians 6:19-21 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

1 Corinthians 7:23 says, “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.”

Read on in Psalm 70 and 71, David was NOT a man who believed God was absent or not listening to him.  He prayed and knew God heard him.  He prayed and knew God would answer.   He prayed and knew God would deliver him.   He knew it would be in God’s timing and not his own.   David did what most of us would benefit from doing more of – giving it all to God and being honest before Him, humble ourselves and cry out knowing our complete depravity and need for Him to save us and deliver us!  As well as, knowing God is in control of it all.  

Use the photo in the beginning of this post to remind you of El Roi (the God who sees) – that Jesus is our Good Shepherd, He does NOT let one sheep out of His sight and keeps track of them all and calls out to them, He knows them, they hear His voice and they listen!  

Are you listening? 

Have you missed part of our study?  if so, you can click on the label Praying the Names of God below to follow along.  

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I want to thank all of you that have posted each week, and shared what God is speaking to you through our study.   We serve an awesome God!  Who knows!  Who sees!  Who understands!  Who loves us with an everlasting love!

Thank you for the encouraging comments!  All glory to God!  Without Him I am nothing!  Because of Him I am able to live! 

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