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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Not So Discouraged That We Won't listen

Life has been hard for me lately. Things have been more than difficult is nearly every erea of our life these days and my husband and I are definitely feeling hard pressed under the weight. We both feel discouraged.

This is for us and for anyone else under threat of becoming too discouraged by their trials, troubles and cares:

Exodus 6:6-9 (NLT)

6 “Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. 7 I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. 8 I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own possession. I am the Lord!’”

9 So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery. (emphasis mine)

It's tough. You are weary, yes?! But don't give up an inch. The truth is God willed that the slaves were going to be set free. That means they were to be free indeed, no matter what. It was only a matter of what their track record of faith would be like during the wait. Would they listen and believe or would they grow so discouraged and so focused on their misery that they would refuse to find comfort in the Comforter?

I have felt the strain of our circumstances and been discouraged some lately. Not because of the adoption. Mostly because of other events happening in our life right now. Oh friends, I have been tempted to grow so discouraged that I wouldn't listen. Truthfully maybe there are times when I have not listened to the Lord. But not today! Today I seek the Lord afresh to listen to what He has to say to me and to trust in Him.

Which leads me to my theme verse lately. One which I cannot let go of or fail to be reminded of as it hits home for this season of my life perfectly and so I MUST share it again:

Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)

19The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!