Changing Landscape!

Charles Spurgeon said,
"To seek aid in time of distress from a supernatural Being is an instinct of human nature.  I believe in the truthfulness of this instinct, and that man prays because there is something in prayer.  As when the Creator gives His creature the power of thirst, it is because water exists to meet its thirst; and as when He creates hunger there is food to correspond to the appetite; so when He inclines men to pray, it is because prayer has a corresponding blessing connected with it."

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This week my world shifted again.  Some changes that I was not expecting came into the life of friends and myself.  I spent the last four years going through so many changes it was hard to know what the world around me even looked like, so at first thought, I was not ready for things to be different.  I sensed God giving me back my strength and passion for Him and His Word in this new year.   This current change is hard to put into words because it knocked me off balance.  I am seeking God’s wisdom and understanding instead of mine. 

I just started a Discipleship program at our church and I know it is no coincidence that this week lesson is on Prayer.  Reading that quote by Charles Spurgeon stirred me.  It gave me a reference from which I can view this change, that everything that comes into our life is ordained of God.  Will we question His sovereignty in things that creates pain in our hearts? Or will we go to Him, seek His face and His will for whatever He has next.  I can not deny the fear that overwhelms me at facing an uncertain future but I can accept that God’s ways are higher than mine and He is after all in the boat in spite of the height of the waves! Isn’t He? 

He drew me to Psalm 25. And every word lifted me to a higher level of intimacy with Him. My hunger and thirst for His comfort came not from the change itself but from the emotions warring inside me, the unanswered questions and uncertainty of the next corner.   So if indeed Spurgeon words can be applied here then it is only natural to expect the blessing that God will bring.

1 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

 2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

 3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

 4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

 5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

 6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

 7 Remember
not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy
remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

 8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

 9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

 10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

 12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

 13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

 14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

 15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

 16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

 18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

 19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

 20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

 22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

3 thoughts on “Changing Landscape!

  1. Hello Cshell. I will hold hope that the path opening before you builds both self confidence and a stonger bond of love between you and our Creator.  I have a firm belief that the Creator is alive and well but I no longer draw close to Him in the traditional way that I  tried so many times to do, I have associated my self with many diferent "churches" and philosophies related to God but have found no single one that grants me the peace I receive when I just live life as I feel in my heart He would want me to.  May your blessings be abundant and your peace be great.

  2. I certainly struggle with fear when I want to trust God too.  For me, I became a Christian and I knew I would have my own crosses to bear.    I have accepted my struggles, knowing Christ is close to me.  I say "accept" because I still deal with fear at times.   I love this reading and thank you for sharing it.  God Bless you!

  3.  

    Hi C-Shell by the C-Shore…
    What an awesome quote by Sir Charles. You are right a very stirring quote.
    We really do not need to make the things from our God be so difficult.
    I guess that’s why He tells us to come to Him like a child.
    That is some web space you link me up too. Lots of info…Too much to digest in one setting.
    Send some of that 70 degree weather up this way and have a superb weekend,
    Greg
     

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