There is nothing more satisfying to a giver than a gracious receiver. Hardships are inevitable, but gifts and blessings from God are abundant even in the midst of them. As lovers of God we are called to know Him to such a degree that we would stake our lives on the truth of His goodness, kindness, love and power. To know God intimately is to be full of hope for a bright future and full of faith to see it realized. It means the death of fear as a guiding force in your life.
God calls us to “fear not”, to be “strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9). Zephaniah 3:16b-17 says, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
It is very important to God that we master our fear in order to take hold of his gifts and blessings. When you surrender your life to Christ and run after him with all your determination and love, God’s gifts are truly enormous in scope. He never gives to just one. The gifts to the one are meant for the many. Everything you are given will feed and sustain others, as well. The most important thing to prepare for is not hardship but blessing.
Preparing for the Wave
Often, when preachers talk about past experiences of revival, they use the metaphor of a wave. Waves shake things up, sweep some things away and deposit others. The release of God’s presence and power among the people flows very much like a wave.
While praying this week for my family, I got a clear picture of a ship capsized by a huge wave. I was floating in the water among the contents of the ship which had spilled out around me. There was all manner of provision, I had only to reach out and take hold of it. I felt the Lord say to grasp immediately as much as I could before the things became waterlogged and sank.
Know that good things are on the horizon for you. Pray to be ready for them when they come.
Thanks for this post. If we are to really have Good News, than we should live our lives expecting good things. We have a Father who loves us. I liked your image at the end. Too often we would focus on the capsized ship instead of looking around for all the new provision God has given us.