Thursday, July 8, 2010

HE WANTS IT ALL

"Blessed are all they that wait for him…. thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry…and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left…. Ye shall have a song, as in the night…and gladness of heart" (Isaiah 30:18–19, 21, 29). Isaiah was saying, "If you'll just wait on the Lord—if you'll cry out to him again, and return to trusting him—he'll do for you everything I've said and more."

God can merely speak a word, and the enemy will falter before us: "For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down" (Isaiah 30:31). Beloved, there is no matter our Father can't solve, no battle he can't win for us, with a mere word from his lips. Isaiah says "the breath of the Lord" will consume everything in our way (Isaiah 30:33).

Yet, this process of trusting God in all things isn't easy. Recently I sought the Lord about a situation concerning our church building here in New York City. I told God, "I trust you about this, Father. I have sought you about it, and I will be at peace about it." Here is how he answered me: "David, I'm amazed that you can trust me with your real estate, finances and other material things. Yet, you still won't trust me with your physical well-being."

I'd been very aware of my age. And I'd been overly concerned about what would happen to my family after I'm gone. Now the Lord's convicting words hit me like a thunderbolt. I'd put every material concern into his hands, but not the eternal concerns. I realized, "Lord, you want me to trust you with everything, don't you?"

Yes, dear saint, he wants it all—your health, your family, your future. He wants you to entrust him with every matter. And he wants you to live in quietness, confidence and rest. So, go to your secret closet and get alone with the Lord. Bring everything to him. He has promised, "You'll hear my word behind you, telling you which way to go. This is the way—now, walk in it."

The evidence of faith is rest. Trust faith results in peace of mind. And true faith trusts all things into his hands.