Tuesday, August 13, 2013

FAITH SHOULD HAVE A GOOD MEMORY

The believing soul, after he has unburdened his heart in prayer to the Lord, resigns himself to the faithfulness, goodness, and wisdom of God. The true believer will leave the shaping of the answer to God's mercy. Whatever way God chooses to answer, the believer will welcome it.

David prayed diligently for his household, and then committed all to God's covenant: "Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant" (2 Samuel 23:5).

Those who prescribe to God how and when to answer actually limit the Holy One of Israel. Since God will not bring the answer in the front door, they are not aware of His coming in the back. They trust only in conclusions and not promises. But God will not be bound up to time, manner, or means of answering. He will forever do exceedingly, abundantly more than we ask or think of asking. He will answer with health, or grace that is better than health. He will send love, or something beyond it. He will deliver, or do something even greater.

He desires that we simply leave our requests lodged in His powerful arms, cast all our care upon Him, and go forth with peace and serenity to wait His answer. How tragic to have so great a God and so little faith in Him.

When you are down, and Satan whispers in your ear that God has forgotten you, stop his mouth with this: "Devil, it is not God who has forgotten, but it is me. I've forgotten all His past blessings, or else I could not now be questioning His faithfulness."

Faith should have a good memory. Our rash and hasty words are results of our forgetting His past benefits. With David, we should pray, "This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old" (Psalm 77:10-11).