I moved to Wilmington, North Carolina soon after my divorce was final and my dad had died. I thought my family (me, my mom, my two boys) needed a change of scenery and we did. We lived 15 minutes from the beach and I had landed a great job making a lot more money. The problem was, I was paying rent at the beach and a mortgage from the house I had left behind. Soon, a letter came from the bank saying I needed to pay the arrears on the house or I'd lose it.
I can remember crying out to the Lord about this while driving up 4th Street. "Oh Lord," I said, tears coursing down my cheeks, "I don't know what to do! Who would help me? I can't do this without you!"
Don't we do that often? We run up against a problem in life -- finances, marriage, children, relationships, health, you name it -- and we cry out to Him in desperation with the question of "Who will do this thing?" and "What do I do?"
The Lord answered that 4th Street prayer of mine and the debt was settled. I sold the house, made absolutely no money on it, but got out from under the mortgage. Thank you Jesus.
We look back on our lives and we see how God's hand was there all along, guiding us, leading us, strengthening us. We pray to Him a list of ways He has been there before -- not to remind Him, He Who needs no reminding, but to remind us. We need to remember to trust Him. We need to not forget.
There's a passage in Revelation in which an angel even wonders "Who can do this thing?"
"And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” [Revelation 5:2-5]
How many times do we weep and cry out, because we think there is not solution to our problems? How many times do we try to take on our problems ourselves without looking first to God? What is the answer to our problems? Who can help us?
See what the elder said? "Do not weep!" What is he saying? He's saying, where is your faith? Why are you afraid? There is One who stands in the gap, the Bridge between you and the world, the One who Provides. He can do it! Paul wrote, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength," [Philippians 4:13]. Through Who? Through Jesus!
What else does the elder say? "See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed." Jesus, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, hasn't just made a way -- hasn't just solved the problem, but has triumphed! He has conquered death and sin and shame and problems! Come to Him, know Him, rejoice in the salvation that only He can give! Give Him your problems, your financial issues, your marital difficulties....He doesn't do patch jobs, He makes all things new. He triumphs!
Praises to His name! Praises to the One Who Triumphs!
(c) 2014 Terrie McKee
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