Stand Firm and See the Deliverance of the Lord!

Each trial we experience, big or small, is a fresh, new opportunity to trust the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) Sounds great, but at times this is much more easier said, than done.

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Each new trial I face proves my faith (James 1:3)—that is how much I am trusting the Lord, or leaning on my own understanding. I always can tell how much faith I have, by my reactions to the trials as they come up. If upon hearing bad news, my heart melted with anxious thoughts (Joshua 2:11) that is a red flag to me that I don't know God as well as I thought I did. Because if I knew God as well as i thought, my heart would be resting in God, trusting Him (Jer.17:7-8) even possibly counting it all joy (James 1:2) because I know God’s deliverance is certain; it's just a matter of time.(Psalm 34:19)

If interruptions in my week were met with a gut response to complain (Numbers 11:4-5) or to trust the Lord and experience the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7) because I know God is working even this situation to good? (Romans 8:28)

When the Israelites were met by Pharaoh’s men and cornered by the Red Sea, we see a stark contrast between those who respond to trials with fear—their mind flooded with anxious thoughts and those who respond by faith-- fully trusting the Lord to bring about deliverance. After experiencing the ten plagues in Egypt, Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go. However, Pharaoh quickly changes his mind and charges after the Israelites at the Red Sea shoreline. Feeling like they are backed into a corner by Pharaoh’s army, look how the Israelites responded to this testing of their faith:
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Exodus 14:10-12)
Now look at the unshakable faith of Moses:
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:13-14)
Whatever we are facing today, big or small, we can meet each trial with unshakable faith, never fearing, because we will see the deliverance of the Lord. He will fight for us. We need only to be still. (Exodus 14:13-14) These are precious promises we can cling to.

God will still deliver us even if we fear, because He is faithful, even if we remain faithless. (2 Timothy 2:13) However, if we meet our trials with unshakable faith, as Moses did, we will not only be delivered as God promised, but our faith will bring glory to God and inspire others to trust in Him too. If we are going to go through a trial, how much better will that experience have been if we didn’t waste an opportunity, by giving ourselves over to anxious thoughts, but, instead, putting our full confidence in God to bring about a deliverance so that by our faith we bring God glory and impact the lives of others to trust in Him also. How we choose to respond to our next trial is up to us.

Question for you: Do you find it easier to stand firm, in discouraging circumstances, when you know you will see the deliverance of the Lord? (Psalm 34:17, 19)



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10 comments:

  1. This was beautiful! Thank you for sharing from your heart. I am now your newest follower.


    Blessings~
    Shari

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    1. Shari, so glad this blessed your heart! I just love these inspiring words of Moses! God bless you richly!

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  2. Great post Brooke... Thank you for all the wonderful sciptures! Sometimes our hearts grow weary with trials but standing firm on His promises with faith get us through the difficult times to see the deliverance of the Lord. Oh how blessed we are to have the hope of Jesus! Stopping by from WFMW. Blessings ~

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    1. Thanks Danise! I love those verses, too. You're right, it is standing on God's promises that will strengthen and encourage us when we are weary in a trial. Thanks for stopping by! God bless you!

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  3. Amen! Yes, we need to stand firm. He will deliver us. It's all for our good and his glory. Wonderful post! Thanks for the encouragement to trust Him. Visiting from WLW.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I love that it is all for our good and His glory! Right on! So great to know that our suffering is never pointless or meaningless. Rather God is actively working all things to good go an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Blessings to you!

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  4. "Because if I knew God as well as i thought, my heart would be resting in God, trusting Him, even possibly counting it all joy, because I know God’s deliverance is certain; it's just a matter of time." Such a great reminder. I am reading J.I. Packer's "Knowing God" right now, and I am finding that as I know God more, I trust him more because I know his character.

    Visiting from The Better Mom link-up.

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    1. Thanks, Chelsea for stopping by! I agree with you, that knowing God's character makes it easier to trust Him. That book you're reading sounds great! Thanks for sharing. God bless your day!

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  5. This was such a great post today! It is amazing how we can say we trust Him with "all our hearts," but as we enter into troubled waters, our true measure of faith is revealed, isn't it? So glad I found you today over at Hear it on Sunday! It was a blessing to have been here!

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    1. Thanks Cora! I know just what you mean. My heart is to trust God in the dark, as easily as I trust Him in the light. God bless you much!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!