Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Yet Will I Praise Him Even In The Midst Of The Storm

It is easy to be happy and joyful when everything is going well. The test of our faith and trust in God is, can we be joyful when it looks like everything is falling apart? When we know we have been faithful to walk in obedience to God, yet those we trusted and served desert us? When we have been faithful to the vision and still await its fulfillment? Spiritual joy is not dependent on circumstances, or if people love you and speak well of you, or if your popular or not popular. Our joy comes from our relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Messiah Yeshua. Our joy comes from knowing that his promises are true no matter what the circumstances look like. Our joy comes from His word that He said He will never leave us nor forsake us. Do we trust Him in the midst of the storm? He is always faithful to His Word. Can we rejoice when our children no longer have time for us? Can we rejoice when our family and friends forsake us?
Today: The Ibn Ezra to Tehilim 32:4 states "The righteous will always feel joy and never feel sad about what the Almighty has decreed upon them because they realize He whatever He does is for their ultimate best."
Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree does not blossom, and there is no yield on the vines, Though the olive crop fail, and the fields produce no food, the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no cattle in the stalls.
Hab 3:18 Yet will I triumph in Adonai, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Hab 3:19 Adonai my Lord, is my strength. He has made my feet like a deer’s, and will make me walk on my high places. For the choir director: On my stringed instruments.
Our Messiah Yeshua says:
Mat 5:2 And He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
Mat 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Mat 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Mat 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Mat 5:10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great! For in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
This is our challenge and as I look back these 40 years of serving Him, He has always showed Himself to be faithful, especially in the midst of the storms because after the storm comes the Rainbow and the sunshine. For His Glory and His Kingdom!
Not our will, but your will be done Father.

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