As we speak’s Textual content and Considered Encouragement:
“And the Lord stated unto Joshua, ‘Concern not, neither be thou dismayed….’”
King James Model
“Don’t Be Dismayed”
“It’s the crushed grape that yields the wine.”
Is there a state of affairs in my life proper now that has precipitated me to be dismayed?
“No religion is so valuable as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.”
C. H. Spurgeon
“Whenever you come to the underside, you discover God.”
Have you ever ever confronted a state of affairs in your life once you felt as if the issue you had been confronting may “take you down?” You realize what I imply. Perhaps it’s a monetary battle and you’re feeling like you might be drowning in debt. Each time the cellphone rings, you’re afraid to reply for concern it’s one other invoice collector. Fairly probably the important state of affairs you face could also be a household matter – a baby on medication or a loved-one dealing with a grim analysis of most cancers. Or it could be the adversity that has you tied in knots has to do with one thing private in your life – a loneliness solely God understands or a way of futility and uselessness you possibly can’t speak about with anybody else.
Within the Bible, the sentiments that consequence from the conditions I’ve described, are fairly also known as despair or dismay. Again and again we discover God coming to His youngsters in moments of whole despondency and saying, “Be not dismayed.” In actual fact, in Isaiah 41: 10, God informed His youngsters, “Concern thou not, for I’m with thee; be not dismayed: for I’m thy God.”(Ok.J.V.) We’ll discover out right now and tomorrow that this textual content holds the clues to why we want not be dismayed it doesn’t matter what tidal wave of problem comes rolling our means.
With the intention to perceive what God meant when He spoke the phrases, “Be not dismayed,” to Joshua, I need to return to Joshua 7:6. After the defeat in Ai, the Bible tells us Joshua, “Hire his garments, and fell to the earth upon his face earlier than the ark of the Lord till eventide.” (Ok.J.V.) Joshua was so despondent and discouraged by the failure to perform what God needed in Ai he fell on his face. If we go ahead to Joshua 8:1, God says, “Concern not, neither be dismayed.” I went to my Hebrew dictionary and came upon the phrase “dismayed” means “prostrate” or to “break down.” In different phrases, a dismayed particular person seems similar to Joshua did. They fall flat on their faces in a heap of discouragement. God’s response to Joshua wasn’t, “Keep that means.” It was simply the alternative! God informed His little one, “Don’t keep in your face. Don’t be dismayed.” As we present in Isaiah 41:10, we don’t have something to be “damaged down” about once we bear in mind our Father is God, the ruler of heaven and earth. Don’t you like the phrases God spoke in Isaiah 41,:10, “I’m Thy God!” What a method to construct confidence in us. Our Father says unequivocally – I’m in cost! I’m so glad right now to know this. Whereas world leaders and cash managers and politicians suppose they’ve acquired all of the solutions, our God reminds His youngsters, who will willingly pay attention and obey, He’s working issues.
Years in the past, once I was in Nurse’s Coaching, it was a customized at the moment to have a candle lighting ceremony, a particular program on the faculty I used to be attending. We, as younger scholar nurses, dedicated our lives to the unselfish care of the sick. Every of us carried a ceramic lamp common after the sunshine carried by Florence Nightingale as she so untiringly cared for wounded troopers throughout the Crimean Struggle.
What lots of people don’t know is that 4 years earlier than giving herself to the care of others, Florence went by an excessive time of despair. To say she was dismayed or damaged down could be an understatement. In actual fact, right here’s how she talked about her life at the moment: “O weary days, O evenings that by no means finish! For what number of years I’ve watched that drawing-room clock and thought it could by no means attain the ten! In my thirty-first 12 months I see nothing fascinating however loss of life.” Down within the dumps and prostrate on the bottom, Florence felt there was no future for her and but, God had her best days forward. And the identical was true with Joshua. The defeat at Ai was only a blip on the radar display screen of God’s plan for Joshua’s management. Joshua’s finest days had been forward of him.
As G. Ok. Chesterton so appropriately identified, “One sees nice issues from the valley; solely small issues from the height.”
God introduced Joshua and his youngsters out of the Valley of Achor and thru the door of hope the place that they had nothing to concern and no cause to be dismayed for, “He’s our God!”
There’s no cause to fall down or break down with God on our facet.
“Irrespective of how low you’re feeling, in the event you depend your blessings, you’ll at all times present a revenue.”
“Typically we have to be harm with the intention to develop,
We should fail with the intention to know,
We should lose with the intention to achieve,
Some classes are realized finest solely by ache.
Typically our imaginative and prescient clears
Solely after our eyes are washed with tears.
Typically we now have to be damaged,
So we will be tender;
Sick, so we are able to relaxation and suppose higher
On issues extra vital than work or enjoyable;
Journey close to loss of life, so we are able to assess how we’ve run.
Typically we now have to undergo lack,
So we are able to know God’s provisions.
Really feel one other’s ache,
So we are able to have a way of mission.
So take coronary heart, my buddy,
In case you don’t perceive right now,
As a substitute of grumbling, ask God what He means to say.
With the intention to be taught, you need to endure
And be taught to see the larger image.
With the intention to develop, you need to stand
Look past the harm, to God’s loving hand
That takes what is nice
And offers what’s finest
And on this blessed thought: relaxation.
As your anxious coronary heart, with questions: wait.
God’s hand solely provides, what His loving coronary heart dictates.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Writer
When A Lady Meets Jesus
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