Good day beautiful people
I’ve been away for a bit but it’s good to be back. I’ve not posted for a few weeks now as I was having fun exploring the beautiful land of Turkey which I didn’t know encompasses a vast amount of Christian history. The 7 churches which Paul wrote to in the book of Revelations were all located in today’s modern day Turkey.
In this post I want to remind us all of the importance of not losing hope during times of long-suffering. The Holy Spirit ministered to me during a Sunday sermon at church about the need to wait on The Lord and to be patient. This conviction came when examining the life story of Moses.
Psalm 27:14 ~ “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
For a while now I’ve felt very jaded at work! The thought of going to work saddened me and I’d rather been anywhere else BUT work. Now it’s natural to experience emotions of happiness and sadness but when we shift our focus away from God onto our problems things don’t tend to go well at all, and chronic anxiety can kick in. I am very grateful to have a job and to be able to help others through assisting them along their journey towards better health, and it’s also a blessing to get paid as many individuals are exploited and treated like animals in certain parts of the world. BUT I got it wrong the moment I shifted my eyes off Jesus like Peter did when walking on the waves and suddenly began to sink! God has been reminding me to focus on the purpose in the pain. There is a specific reason WHY He has me in the season that I’m in, and I believe that it can only do me good because every good and perfect gift comes from God (Psalm 16:2).
Psalm 105:19 ~ Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character
Moses spent 40 whole years in the wilderness caring for his father-in-law’s flock probably following the same old routine day after day. Clean up poop, feed, guard/protect, bathe cattle…Sleep, eat and repeat. I don’t know how he managed doing all that work without having blood relatives nearby to help encourage Him along his faith journey, but I do know that it was God who sustained him. I know that not many people would be able to cope with such a situation as statistics show that on average people stay in a job for 4.1 years! Now Moses experience would have made him humble (going from living in luxury in Egypt to living as a fugitive in the dessert). God Himself referred to Moses as being the meekest man in the world. I believe that Moses experience and the skills he gained from caring for cattle helped him develop the right characteristics needed for one to become a good leader. A leader who would lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. He went from caring for and guarding sheep to being a guardian/intercessor for a great nation of people with the help of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Numbers 12:3 ~ Now Moses was very humble more humble than any other person on earth.
We can learn a lot from Moses especially regarding enduring hardship! The main lessons I want us to take away from today’s post are as follows.
1. God has a specific reason why you’re in the season you’re in.
2. Just because you’ve endured a specific hardship for a long amount of time (decades) doesn’t make you a failure or mean that God has abandoned you. In life we may not understand why certain things happen, but we must learn to trust God and accept that some things happen for reasons best known to Him.
3. Don’t take your eyes off of God. Keep on praying and have faith in God’s great power.
4. Rely on God’s peace which surpasses all human understanding. It’s a peace which will sustain you in the midst of chaos.
Philippians 4:8-9 ~ “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
An additional nugget that I believe can help through times of stagnancy and frustration is formulating the habit of praising God. Sing a song of thanks onto God, pray and thank Him for how great He is and for saving your soul the greatest miracle of all.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~ “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
I hope you enjoyed today’s read. May The Lord bless you and keep you, may The Lord make His face shine on you.
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart 💜