They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:26-28
We can read in Joshua Chapter 6 that the Lord instructed Joshua how to take the city of Jericho and to save the life of Rahab, the harlot. The seventh day the people of Israel walked seven times around the city and when the priests blew the trumpets the people started to shout, as commanded, Shouts of victory of course. The city was doomed by the Lord to destruction, so the walls came tumbling down. Miracle above miracle, for no weapon was used.
Beloved, the story does not stop here. Besides the miracle of these tumbling walls there was another miracle, perhaps even more difficult for us to imagine. Rahab's red cord was hanging out of her window and while everything was flat around her, her house was still standing.
To let these walls come down is one thing, but to leave Rahab's house standing in the middle of the rubble, is another. It is also quite noticeable that the Lord was more interested in Rahab's faith than in here "questionable" reputation. AHA ! Did you get the hint?
Are we serving this same God? Has He changed? Please, go back and meditate upon the scriptures above.
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous, yea, our God is merciful. Psalm 116:5
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:5
We read in Exodus Chapter 14, how the Lord delivered His people from Pharaoh and his hordes, who pursued them. You may only think about the waters of the Red Sea that were divided by God's command to Moses to stretch forth his hand. But there was far more involved, read this Chapter for yourself.
The Word of God continues to say that the Lord took off the wheels of the chariots, to make their travelling difficult. No, not the angel of the Lord... GOD HIMSELF did undo these wheels. Just imagine the involvement God will have with mankind. How easily can one overlook it without noticing the detail!
Once the Israelites had crossed, the Lord commanded Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots and the horsemen. The sea returned to its full depth and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
Again this is precision work and timing. The Lord is never too late, neither too early. We have to learn to trust Him in His judgement about things and time.
For Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt Thou compass him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them. Ezekiel 20:19
Jehoshaphat had no other choice than to turn to the Lord when he heard that a great multitude was coming against him. He said to the Lord the following:
While all the people were standing before the Lord, including wives, children and little ones, the Lord of Hosts replied through a word spoken by Jahaziel. The instructions were clear and direct. Really too simple to win a war with. They had to go down to the end of the brook, position themselves and stand still.
Here we see that, if we want to be victorious, we have to follow God's directions and instructions, how simple they may be. Don't question the Lord. Just do as you're told!
Just meditate upon what He did in your life and that of others. The depth of His riches is immeasurable and He wants to overwhelm us with His goodness. Trust Him if you desire to see Him at work! Have faith in the Lord and you soon will learn what a great God you serve.
Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14
Everyday I was urged by the Holy Spirit to intercede for this man. This was not a common prayer, for I was warring for his salvation. This was intercessory prayer, and I knew from past experience that God was about to do something in this man's life. But how, I had no idea.
At the end of that week, on my way back home from work, I picked up a local Newspaper. I very seldom bought a Newspaper. To my great amazement I read the headlines on the front page about this shooting. A large picture stood out on the front page of the man holding the keys in his hand of his new home. His name was Gerald. His hand with the keys reaching out to his in-laws, who were also in the picture.
Immediately I felt a check in my spirit and my heart broke before the Lord on behalf of Gerald. I continued in prayer and I began to write a letter to Gerald. I was driven by God's Spirit and I don't know exactly what I wrote anymore.
Beloved, I had done what the Lord wanted me to do and I didn't think much about it anymore. I had peace with it and no more intercessory prayer for Gerald. Looking after a household with four small children took all my attention and soon I seem to have forgotten all about Gerald.
Months later on a beautiful Sunday afternoon somebody knocked on our door. When I opened the door I saw a slim, well dressed man standing on the steps. His skin was somewhat tanned and I saw immediately that he was a North American Indian. We looked at each other without saying anything and I was wondering what this man was up to. I asked him if I could help him with something and he replied: "I am Gerald." I said: "Gerald?" and I had to think who Gerald was.
Sorry people, but he had slipped my mind at that moment. Then I looked over the lawn and I saw two boys playing around the trees. All of a sudden it dawned on me who he was. "Oh, Gerald !! Come in," I cried.
At first we didn't know how to start, we had coffee and he explained what happened while he was awaiting his sentence. He had received my mail and was greatly moved that a stranger cared enough about him to write him and present him Jesus Christ.
We stayed in contact and Gerald brought his in-laws over to our house. His mother in-law told me how much my mail to Gerald had even helped her to cope with the loss of her daughter and with the forgiveness toward her son-in-law. Gerald had openly confessed his sin of killing and pleaded guilty at the Court Hearing.
I met Gerald again in later years, while working in a nursing home. I didn't have much of a chance to speak with him then. A couple of months after, I felt that I should share this with the world and put this story on my webpage. I would have loved to have Gerald's input, for I know there is far more to this story than what I only knew.
Gerald and I crossed each others path for a great purpose that God only knows. We may never realize the height and depth of such extra ordinary happenings in our lives, until the day arrives that all these things shall come into the open. That day when we will know Him like He is; when we will see Him face to face; the day when our tears will be exchanged for great joy.
After you have read my story, you probably realize now why I gave the Biblical introduction of God's deeds of deliverance and His mercy to mankind. But also to pay close attention to obey His commands and to adhere to His voice. For we serve a holy God.
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Isaiah 26:2,3
I pray that you sense His anointing. May this writing urge you to reach for a deeper connection with God, through Christ.