10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
17 “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
Their tongues fail for thirst.
I, the Lord, will hear them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in desolate heights,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land springs of water.
19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree,
The myrtle and the oil tree;
I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine
And the box tree together,
20 That they may see and know,
And consider and understand together,
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Please notice with me today who is the One doing all of the action for His people. Because we serve a God who is alive, first and foremost in contradistinction to all of the false gods of this world from Allah to dead “saints” to Buddah and every false god in-between, we have a God who sees us in our need, hears our prayers and responds in action unique to Him. We pray to the living God who loves His own so much that He sent His Son to die for us. The God of the Bible, Jehovah of old is the only God that is therefore the only God who sees, hears and answers.
When we seek the Lord in our time of need and when He comes through with His loving care and provision, we see and know that “the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.” When the God of heaven responds we know that He is behind His response. Things did not just get better; no, God intervened with His mighty hand to show us His love and power.
Be careful where you go for help. We may not be jumping on the altar of a false god pleading with him to help us as the prophets of Baal did but we might be looking to gods of money, human wisdom, science, friends, success, and others to do what only the God of heaven can do. When we need action from heaven the only place to go is the throne of heaven where the only God dwells and acts.
This Friday Lizzie and Richard Alagaban graduate from BJU. Bobbi and I are going down with Sonya and leaving early tomorrow morning. I will try to get out a devo Friday morning. Pray for our travels and for the Alagaban family.
Have a great day in the Lord,