This Scripture verse comes from the Psalm of David, Psalm 23:5, but the direction has been changed. In the Psalm it is from David to God and here we have it from God to David, or in reality, also us. It’s funny how easily we can get waylaid, distracted and discouraged. That’s “funny” as in not Ha Ha funny. Everyone goes through times when God seems distant or it appears that He does not hear our prayers or even worse, answer them. And sometimes, it feels like the last thing we want to do is pray or read God’s Word. But . . . , from experience, I know, that is EXACTLY the time when we do NEED to pray and feed on God’s Word. Sometimes our spirit gets hungry and there is only one way in which our spirit can be fed and that is to feed upon the food that God lays before us on His table. And sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the many times that we asked God to do something and how it was answered differently that we thought it would be answered, or later than we thought it would happen, or even after we had given up on it being answered at all. God’s timing is not always our timing and our timing is not always God’s timing. And God’s understanding is not always our understanding and our understanding is not always God’s understanding. And I know that I have repeated myself but it is important to realize that we are talking about two different directions, one from us to God and another from God to us, just like the above illustrated verse.
Over a period of time, as we walk with our good Lord, a pattern develops wherein we learn by following His guidance, that we can trust His consul and we can depend on our Father to have our best welfare at heart. And usually, when we do hit those dry spells, which all of us do, when we question does He truly care or hear us, these periods are designed to draw us closer to Him. And I find, especially over a significant period of time, that it’s almost like God is weaving a pattern of dependency, to encourage us to trust in Him more.
Is the answer to walk away, to go it on our own, to give up? If we have learned anything at all in our walk with Jesus, we immediately know the answer to that answer. If there is a hunger that is not being fed, if there is a need that needs filling, God is showing us a deficiency that needs our attention. And it is not necessarily a deficiency that we are being chastised for, think of it as an “upgrade”, an enhancing if you will. God obviously already knows what we need more of, but sometimes we don’t. The older I get, the more that I experience God weaving His will into my life, the more that I appreciate His attention to detail that I sometimes overlook.
The following is a Scripture verse that has become carved into my heart and mind and it comes from Philippians 4:6-7 and it reads as follows:”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Did you catch that “about anything“? And the part where we are to make our requests known to God? Some of my best times with God in prayer are when I tell Him like it is. I don’t have to hide anything, actually hiding my true feelings serves no purpose because He already knows my true feelings. So I tell Him, if I feel distant, I tell Him, if I feel my prayers aren’t being heard, I tell Him. If I feel that I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel, I tell Him. With thanksgiving, trusting Him that He does hear me and leaving my anxiousness with Him.
And I have yet to walk away from a prayer like this and not feel better in my spirit. Sometimes it gives me the strength to go it one more day, to hope in tomorrow. Sometimes it is like a load has been lifted off of my shoulders. But the thing is, I do need to do it, bring it to my Lord in prayer, tell Him like it is.
And what does the last part of this Scripture verse say? “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
This is the reality of the table that God lays before us, it is a full table, rich in blessings, filled in abundance in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And it indeed does surpass all comprehension because only Jesus can fill our spirit, only Jesus can fill that need. AND HE DOES! And when this happens, what happens next? He guards our hearts and minds in Himself. That is where the filling comes, we are secure and fed in Him.
After you go through a few of the dry spells, after you learn to draw closer to God, NOT walk away, the weaving of God’s will takes effect in our lives with more confidence and assurance. And yes, I do sometimes, STILL have to remind myself of this reality and when I do, it is then that I kneel down in prayer. Bruce is not a fast learner.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!