Friday, January 31, 2014

Trusting In The Mighty Hand Of God

 Trusting In The Mighty Hand Of God
I Peter 5:6,7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
On the night of May 2, 1863, General Jackson was seriously wounded; his left arm was amputated in the early morning of the following day. When Rev. Lacy came to the tent where Jackson's arm had been amputated, he exclaimed, "Oh, General, what a calamity." Jackson thanked him and said, "You see me severely wounded, but not depressed, not unhappy. I believe that it has been done according to God's holy will, and I will acquiesce entirely in it. You may think it strange; but you never saw me more perfectly contented than I am today." With his firm trust in God's providence, Jackson knew his wound was God's will, and he would wait until God revealed His reasons.

Jackson told Rev. Lacy that when he was lying wounded on the field and when he was being carried in the ambulance, "I gave myself up into the hands of the Heavenly Father without a fear. It has been a precious experience to me, that I was brought face to face with death, and found all was well." In the following days, at Jackson's request, Lacy had daily devotions at Jackson's bedside at ten o'clock.

Through perilous times, General "Stonewall" Jackson, never lost hope in the Lord, the Shepherd and Guardian of his soul (I Peter 1:3-5). What is there to fear when in the mighty hand of  God is His rod and staff, seen as comforting instruments of protection and direction. Jackson was quoted as saying, “My religious belief teaches me that I’m just as safe on the battlefield as I am in my bed. The Lord has already appointed the day of my death so I need not worry about that. I live my life and prepare myself so I will always be ready to meet my Lord, when death does overtake me.”

The Lord encourages and allows His children to cast upon Him all their anxieties, fears, and doubts. In the highest matters of concern, as well as, in the lesser matters. To commit the smallest concerns to the Lord, frees the believer's heart from becoming burdened down and restless. God does not want Christians to sink under the load of needless cares and fears becoming distracted with the things of this world. The Chief Shepherd of their soul is watching over them and cares about every detail of their life, including the fiery trial of their faith. Resist the temptation to distrust the One who has made heaven and earth, holds every Christian in the palm of His hand, and seals them unto the day of redemption.

Thought: As we cast all our worries on the Lord and prepare ourselves for battle, may we never forget our enemy, Satan, whose purpose on this earth is to blind, discourage and destroy. Satan tries to undermine God's character and wants us to doubt God, doubt His Word, and His power. Casting all our anxieties upon Christ will help us to resist doubt, as well as other temptations. Resisting Satan is a conscience effort of obedience which denies him success in the temptation. 

Trust God's mighty hand to guide, direct and lift you up during times of doubt and personal conflict. You grow in Christ when you are obedient to His Word and understand that includes enduring hardship, fighting the good fight, and standing firm in your faith.

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