acknowledge God

Even When We Don’t Know When

Sands of timeby Taylor Cummings  
12/21/2013 / Devotionals

Matthew 24:36, “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

At the end of Matthew 24, we read about when the Son of man will return. We know He is coming back, but we also know that we don’t know when. We are supposed to live ready for when He does come back.

Tonight God gave me an interesting thing to think about in my own life based off of this simple verse.

Verse 36 says that not even the Son himself knows when He is going to return. Only the Father knows that. Regardless of that, though, He knows He is coming back. It’s not a matter of “if”… it’s a matter of “when”.

I’ve found in my life that I always want to know when things are going to happen. “When” am I going to meet my husband? “When” will I get to start my own family? “When” will the things I’m believing God for come to pass?

There is a major problem with wondering “when” all the time. Instead of me resting in the fact that the Father knows, I keep asking “when”.

As I think about the promise God made to me about my future, I realize that it’s not a question of “if”; rather, it is a question of “when”. I haven’t (up to this point) lived in faith that God really will do what He said He will do because I’ve been too wrapped up in this “when” question. Sure, I believe that someday He will do what He promised, but I don’t live as if I believe it. I don’t live prepared when it comes to being ready for the day I see His promise to me come to pass about being with my husband.

Jesus doesn’t even know when He will be coming back, but that doesn’t change the fact that He knows He is. I’m sure He doesn’t worry about “when” because all He needs to know is that His Father knows.

What would happen if I stopped asking “when” and I started truly being still and knowing that God is God?

In the middle of this last year when I dealt with the biggest struggle I’ve ever faced, all God laid on my heart to do was to be still and know that He is God. In all honesty, I haven’t been still even once in that period of time. I’ve ran myself ragged and done everything I could think to do in an attempt to avoid any moments of time to think. By me running, I found it really was just showing how I didn’t really trust God. In those moments I was trying to avoid, I needed to be still and realize that God is God.

Do we really know God?

I spend so much time telling God about my problems that I very rarely stop to get to know Him. When I think about it, that seems so silly, because He is I AM.

I AM – the Alpha and Omega.
I AM – the Beginning and the End.
I AM – the First and the Last.
I AM – your Comforter.
I AM – your Shelter.
I AM – your Healer.
I AM – your Refuge.
I AM – your Savior.
I AM – your All in All.

In the moment that I am still and know that God is God, I don’t have to worry about “when” anymore. Even when I don’t know when, I know my Father. I know His character. I know that I can be still in His presence, and He will take care of me.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You’ve been showing me that if I stop dwelling on the “when” question and I begin focusing on You, I find rest. Lord, I see how not even the Son knows when He will return. Only the Father knows, yet because the Son knows the Father, it’s okay for Him not to know. Help me know You more. I desire to know You. Bring me peace as I rest in You. In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

My name is Taylor. I desire to become a published Christian writer at some point in my life, but whether published or not, I want to write for God. If you’d like to read more of my devotionals, you can find them at http://taylorjasmine.blogspot.com/

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Living Above Your Circumstances

Acknowledge Him

@creationswap/ Meliza Celeridad

By Irma Green

Psalm 34:17, 19 – The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all of their troubles.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

The  Bible tells us that, if we go to God with our problems, He will take care of them.  it tells us that God will deliver us out of ALL of them.  It did not say that we would NOT have any problems or that we would have a FEW problems – the Bible says we will have MANY, but that God will deliver us from ALL OF THEM.  The Bible does not tell us that we will not have problems; it tells us how to REACT in the midst of them.

Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.

That is why we are urged to call on the name of the Lord when we are in trouble.  God’s eyes sees your need.  God’s ears hear your prayers and God is near you when your heart is broken.  Scripture tells us, He is our strength in time of trouble.  He says “Come unto Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.

Psalm 40:1, 2 – “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He heard my cry.  He also brought me out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock.”

What a change takes place when we wait on the Lord.  When we wait on Him, he takes us from a pit to a highway; from miry clay to a rock; from crying to singing.  And tells us, “everything will be alright.”

The Bible tells us to “wait on the lord and be of good cheer.”  It tells us to wait on the Lord and be of good cheer in whatever it is we are going through.  The Bible tells us to “delight in the Lord and He will give us the desire of our heart.”  It tells us that if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness all the things we need will be added to us.  It tells us not to grow weary in well doing because in due season we will reap if we do not give up.

It tells us to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.  It says, “fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  For I, the Lord your God will hold your right hand saying to you, ‘fear not, I will help you'”

Psalm 34:1 – I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

No matter how impossible your circumstances may seem; no matter how high those mountains in your life appear to be, no matter how impossible that dream in your heart seem to be, if you will sincerely praise God, He will move into that situation and change it.

Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good.   When trouble comes, He is the place to go.  And He knows everyone who trust in Him.

Don’t let your eyes get fixed on the problems or circumstances you are facing, because with God’s help you can go around any obstacle and you can overcome any problem.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all you that labor and are heaven laden and I will give you rest.

Come unto Me the Lord says, and I will give you rest.  Rest from your trials.  Rest from your cares.  Rest from your sorrows.

Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.

When God helps us, He does not do it in secret.  He does it in the open, where all, including our enemies can see.

Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart: and lean not unto your own understanding.

Don’t try to understand or try to figure out how God’s going to help you – just trust Him to do so.  We hinder God when we try to help Him solve our problems.  IF WE COULD DO IT – WHY DID WE ASK HIM?

Rev. K. Irma Green, retired pastor; Motivational Speaker/Bible Teacher/Biblical Life Coach
irmagreen8@aol.com

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