O Lord, My God! Who is like unto Thee, blessed be the Lord God Almighty, Who by His Mighty hand delivered His children from oppression of the evil ones.
Father, have Your way in our lives today; let Your Holy Name be forever praised. Do that which no man can do in the life of Your beloved ones. Be Thou be highly exalted forever.
There are period in life when we are overwhelmed with the happenings either in our lives or the lives of peoples so dear to us. We have tried all that is known to us, nothing seems to be working, in fact all seems to be working contrary to our expectation.
The doctor’s report is unbearable, the loss is irreparable, friends and relations had taken to their heels and you are left alone. Are in such a situation right now or you know someone who is? I have good news for you; The Lord sent me your way. There is a HOPE, when all hopes are lost; there is a WAY, when all ways seems dark and slippery. There is a DOOR, when all doors seem closed. He is the Rock of AGES, the Ageless ONE, He is Ancient of DAYS, He is a strong Tower, He is Alpha and Omega, He is incomprehensible, His name is Jesus.
You can only know Him to the extend He choose to reveal Himself to you. Join me to say this prayer: Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I, consider further:
“When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
Most of us know what it is to be overwhelmed in heart; emptied as when a man wipeth a dish and turneth it upside down; submerged and thrown on our beam ends like a vessel mastered by the storm. Discoveries of inward corruption will do this, if the Lord permits the great deep of our depravity to become troubled and cast up mire and dirt.
Disappointments and heart-breaks will do this when billow after billow rolls over us, and we are like a broken shell hurled to and fro by the surf. Blessed be God, at such seasons we are not without an all-sufficient solace, our God is the harbour of weather-beaten sails, the hospice of forlorn pilgrims. Higher than we are is He, His mercy higher than our sins, His love higher than our thoughts.
It is pitiful to see men putting their trust in something lower than themselves; but our confidence is fixed upon an exceeding high and glorious Lord. A Rock He is since He changes not, and a high Rock, because the tempests which overwhelm us roll far beneath at His feet; He is not disturbed by them, but rules them at His will. If we get under the shelter of this lofty Rock we may defy the hurricane; all is calm under the lee of that towering cliff.
Alas! such is the confusion in which the troubled mind is often cast, that we need piloting to this divine shelter. Hence the prayer of the text. O Lord, our God, by Thy Holy Spirit, teach us the way of faith, lead us into Thy rest. The wind blows us out to sea, the helm answers not to our puny hand; Thou, Thou alone canst steer us over the bar between yon sunken rocks, safe into the fair haven.
How dependent we are upon Thee—we need Thee to bring us to Thee. To be wisely directed and steered into safety and peace is Thy gift, and Thine alone. This day be pleased to deal well with Thy servants.
There are instances when we have boasted so much in the Lord and here is these challenges steering us in the face asking us where is our God? Let us consider Ps 62, and the account below will also help and guide to us.
“For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him; but His power and His wrath is against all them that forsake Him.” Ezra 8:22
A convoy on many accounts would have been desirable for the pilgrim band, but a holy shame-facedness would not allow Ezra to seek one. He feared lest the heathen king should think his professions of faith in God to be mere hypocrisy, or imagine that the God of Israel was not able to preserve His own worshippers. He could not bring his mind to lean on an arm of flesh in a matter so evidently of the Lord, and therefore the caravan set out with no visible protection, guarded by Him who is the sword and shield of His people.
It is to be feared that few believers feel this holy jealousy for God; even those who in a measure walk by faith, occasionally mar the lustre of their life by craving aid from man. It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone.
Would any believers seek state endowments for their Church, if they remembered that the Lord is dishonoured by their asking Caesar’s aid? as if the Lord could not supply the needs of His own cause! Should we run so hastily to friends and relations for assistance, if we remembered that the Lord is magnified by our implicit reliance upon His solitary arm?
My soul, wait thou only upon God. “But,” says one, “are not means to be used?” Assuredly they are; but our fault seldom lies in their neglect: far more frequently it springs out of foolishly believing in them instead of believing in God. Few run too far in neglecting the creature’s arm; but very many sin greatly in making too much of it.
Learn, dear reader, to glorify the Lord by leaving means untried, if by using them thou wouldst dishonour the name of the Lord.
God is not heartless to use a man without reward, if we endured unto the end; He will reward us. He blesses His children when they seek Him with everything in them (1Pet 3:12; Jer 29:13). Are willing to do that?
We will experience God in a higher dimension this week in Jesus name. In that situation, on that sick bed, that helpless situation, the Lord will reveal Himself a fresh to you, just devout your time in searching the scriptures for answers, keep your bible and jotter close to you.
You are blessed. You will be fulfilled this week; the Lord will satisfy your thirst of Him through the Word. Amen!
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu