Bible Passage for Meditation: Numbers 23:13-20
Key Verse: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Num. 23:19
Have you found yourself at times very discouraged? Have you felt at times dark clouds surrounding you? Has it seemed to you that there is no way out of a certain situation?
The story is told about Martin Luther who had been very discouraged for a while. The plans he had made did not seem to be working out, and he found it hard to accept the situation. So one day his wife Katie decided to do something. She put on a black dress and came into the room where he was.
“Why are you dressed for mourning, wife?” he asked.
“Haven’t you heard? God has died,” she answered.
Luther replied, “God has died? What do you mean by such blasphemous talk? Of course He hasn’t died!”
“Oh,” she said. “I’m sorry. By looking at you these last few days I thought for sure that He had died.”
Thankfully, Martin Luther got the point, and so should we today. While circumstances may sometimes look dark and foreboding, we can entrust ourselves (as well as our church) to God’s care in all things. Yes, in all things!
God has given us many precious promises in His Word. He has promised to be with us until the end. And He also promised in Isaiah 43:1-2, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
In Jeremiah He has told us that He knows the plans He has for us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11 ESV).
As Ellen White writes, “It is our privilege to take God at his word” (Gospel Workers, p. 370). What He has promised, He will do. When dark clouds gather around us, “Let us grasp the rich promises of God. The garden of God is full of rich promises. Oh, let us gather them; let us take them home; let us show that we believe in God. Let us take Him at his word; let not one of us be found distrusting God or doubting Him” (Selected Messages, vol. 3, p 192).
God has not died, and He has not lied. We can trust His Word!
Heart Prayer Challenge
Heavenly Father, teach us to trust in You even in the most difficult circumstances we may face. You’ve given us so many promises in Your Word. Teach us how to lay hold of them, how to truly take You at Your Word, for as Num. 23:19 says, You cannot lie for what You’ve spoken, You will do. Forgive us for sometimes getting discouraged by what happens around us. Help us learn to cast all our cares upon You and trust that You are in control and that You will work out whatever is for our best good. Teach us what it means to truly have faith built upon Your Word. Amen.
By Raluca Ril
(Raluca is co-author with her husband, Roman, of the Ten Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. She and her husband currently serve as missionaries in Germany. To read more of Raluca’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)