Mon 01/30/12 03:09 AM
Israel's affliction increases.
When troubles come upon us, instinctively the first question we ask is: "Why?" "Why me, why this, why now?" That is what Moses asked in verse 22. Yet, in retrospect, we see that the question was premature. We now know why -- since hindsight is better than foresight.
How long will it take the Lord to deliver us from our troubles? Usually just a little longer than we thought we could tolerate. We must remember the example of Moses when we are tempted to ask the Lord, "Why?"
· Even in the midst of trials, we can praise the Lord, who hears us and cares for us:
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods. . . .
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand
(Psalm 95:1-3, 6-7).
· Now pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him:
In returning and rest I shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be my strength
(based on Isaiah 30:15).
· Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God's will, voice your affirmation of His Word:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
· As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
· others to see Christ in you,
· the fulfillment of the Great Commission,
· your prayer list.
· Offer this prayer of worship to the Lord:
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!