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The Distraction of Discomfort
Jan 09 3:35 AM

The Distraction of Discomfort

Jan 09 3:35 AM
Jan 09 3:35 AM

And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 16:3

While clinging to hope and holding strong to our faith, we are often discouraged by the challenges and setbacks that appear in our lives. Just when it seems things are looking up and your optimism is restored, something happens that shakes your faith. Trying times seem to come at the most trying of times. 

God’s chosen people understood that feeling. For centuries, God had promised that he would give them a land of their own. But they found themselves enslaved in the land of Egypt for 400 years. With extraordinary signs and miracles, God delivered the Children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. The final and most notable of those miracles occurred when God split the Red Sea so that the Israelites could escape on dry land. Things seemed to be on the upswing. But having escaped Egyptian slavery and traversed the Red Sea on dry land, the Israelites found themselves traveling through the desert for days without water. To make matters worse, when they finally found water, it was too bitter to drink. “So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’” (Exodus 15:24). God performed another miracle through Moses and cleansed the water so that it was suitable to drink. Nevertheless, the people remained unsatisfied:

In the desert, the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt . . . but you have brought us into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.  (Exodus 16:2-3 NIV).

Although God had delivered them from the awful conditions in Egypt, their discomfort in the desert challenged their faith in God’s promise.  Has that ever happened to you? Is that happening to you now? Has your present condition caused you to forget how far God has brought you and how much God has done in your life? It is all too easy to get distracted by the difficulties of life and to even cause us to question God.

Be encouraged. Do not allow difficult circumstances to make you question God. If you are doing what you know God has called and directed you to do, don’t allow life and its challenges to cause you to change your belief about what God has said.  Never allow the discomforts of the journey, to distract you from your destination.  When that happens, you’ll surely want to turn back.  Going back is simply not an option.  Egypt was never meant to be your burial  ground.  You are destined for the promised land.  Don’t turn back, no matter how many discomforts there are along the way.  Keep moving forward.

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Deanna Kelly

Amen ???? Never look Back Very True! God is with us!!

Posted on Sat, Jan 9, 2021 @ 8:36 AM CST

Cathy Austin

Thank you Lord for this word of encouragement. You're right, "going back is not an option." You're right keep moving. Great words of encouraging.

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 @ 8:26 AM CST

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Be Still
Jan 31 12:46 AM

Be Still

Jan 31 12:46 AM
Jan 31 12:46 AM

Author: L.B. Cowman

Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10

When we have doubts or are facing difficulties, when others suggest courses of action that are conflicting, when caution dictates one approach but faith another, we should be still. We should quiet each intruding person, calm ourselves in the sacred stillness of God’s presence, study His Word for guidance, and with true devotion focus our attention on Him.

We should lift our nature into the pure light radiating from His face, having an eagerness to know only what God our Lord will determine for us.  Soon God will reveal, by His secret counsel, a distinct and unmistakable sense of His direction. It is unwise for a new believer to depend on this approach alone. He should wait for circumstances to also confirm what God is revealing. Yet Christians who have had many experiences in their walk with Him know the great value of the secret counsel of the Lord as a means of discerning His will.

Are you uncertain about which direction you should go? Take your question to God and receive guidance from either the light of His smile or the cloud of His refusal. You must get alone with Him, where the lights and the darkness of this world cannot interfere and where the opinions of others cannot reach you. You must also have the courage to wait in silent expectation, even when everyone around you is insisting on an immediate decision or action. If you will do these things, the will of God will become clear to you. And you will have a deeper concept of who He is, having more insight into His nature and His heart of love. All this will be your unsurpassed gift. It will be a heavenly experience, a precious eternal privilege, and the rich reward for the long hours of waiting. DAVID

Keep still! When trouble is brewing, keep still! When slander is getting on its legs, keep still! When your feelings are hurt, keep still till you recover from your excitement at any rate! Things look different through an unagitated eye. In a commotion once I wrote a letter and sent it and wished I had not. In my later years I had another commotion and wrote another long letter; my life had rubbed a little sense into me, and I kept that letter in my pocket until I could look it over without agitation, and without tears, and I was glad I did—less and less it seemed necessary to send it. I was not sure it would do any harm, but in my doubtfulness, I learned reticence, and eventually it was destroyed. Time works wonders!

Wait till you can speak calmly and then perhaps you will not need to speak. Silence is the most powerful thing conceivable, sometimes. It is strength in its grandeur; it is like a regiment ordered to stand still in the mad fury of battle. To plunge in were twice as easy. Nothing is lost by learning to keep still. HANNAH WHITALL SMITH

I do not believe we have even begun to understand the wonderful power there is in being still. We are in such a hurry, always doing, that we are in danger of not allowing God the opportunity to work. You may be sure that God will never say to us, “Stand still,” “Sit still,” or “Be still,” unless He is going to do something. This is our problem regarding the Christian life: we want to do something to be Christians, instead of allowing Him to work in us. Think of how still you stand when your picture is being taken, as the photographer captures your likeness on film. God has one eternal purpose for us: that we should be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29 KJV). But in order for that to happen, we must stand still. We hear so much today about being active, but maybe we need to learn what it means to be quiet.  Perhaps we simply need to learn to be still and watch God work out the details that challenged us so greatly and caused us so much distress.  You will find that He works wonders if we can just still our hearts and sit before Him until He speaks.

PRAYER

Oh Lord, You know my heart better than I know it myself. You know my struggles and You hold each hope and fear in Your caring hands. Teach me, LORD, to be still and to know that You are God.  I trust in You alone.  In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

An excerpt from the book: "Streams in the Desert: Morning and Evening"

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