1 Kings 17:7 says “and it came to pass that the brook dried up.” Elijah learned the difference between trusting in the “gift” and trusting in the “Giver!” When your spring of resource begins to dwindle and suddenly dries up, though the way may get rough, whatever happens, our Father knows it all!
How much grace does it require to bear injustice like Jesus did – yet “He opened not His mouth?” If we only knew the blessings that lie hidden in our trials, we’d say like David when Shimei cursed him “let him curse. It may be that the Lord will require me good for his cursing.” When David was reviled, he reviled not again, but committed himself to Him that judges righteously. Jesus did the same thing! He knew long endurance without relief, yet He won the fight! We pray that God lifts us entirely from our financial stress, or from our battle with an illness that could lead us to our death! We try to trust Him when our mind is confused, but rebellion rises with this one suggestion from our heart – “I gave all to God, and THIS is how He repays me?” It IS difficult to understand why He allowed YOUR business to go under when it was clean and honest – and the thief still prospers! Why are YOU sick, when the person who constantly visits prostitutes maintains his health?
When the sky is overcast and the clear light from heaven does not shine upon our path, let’s get to the point where we say “take my business, take my health – only bless me with a will absolutely submitted to YOU!” He that walks in darkness – let him trust in God! What should we do in dark times? “NOTHING! DON’T RUSH! BE STILL! JUST LISTEN!!!” If we don’t know what to do – then don’t do it! When we run into a fog bank – we don’t tear ahead – we SLOW DOWN! Don’t run in a vain effort to find a way of escape! If you are in a storm, set your ANCHOR, hold on and trust God! We must put our hand in His like a little child and let HIM lead us! He KNOWS the way out by the shortest and surest road! He enters all rooms “the doors being shut!” He never forsakes. He is never gone!
In closing, worry never made anybody strong; never helped anybody do God’s will; or never made a way of escape for anyone! Worry just spoils lives which could otherwise be productive. Jesus said not only to “fret not because of evil doers” – but to “fret not in anywise!” He also said “take no thought of what you will eat, drink, or wear!” Yet people ARE worried. We know by the lines in their face, the tone of their voice, and the lack of joy in their spirit! Worrying is mistrusting. Why sink by your troubles when you can float by your faith? LIE STILL! If grass has started to grow on your prayer path, let it grow no longer! Patiently take your place once again and pray! Though the vision tarry, wait for it for it shall surely come to pass, because God said if you ask . . . I will do! Prayer – not worry – makes us stronger!