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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Will of God, #7
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
In order to look to the Lord for every decision of life we have to have faith that God knows what we need; God wants to bring us to joy; and God is able to bring us to joy if we let Him do so.
This was the question raised in the beginning, wasn't it? "Eve, you just can't trust God. He doesn't want you to be wise. He wants you to be ignorant and stupid. So if you will just do what you want, and eat of the tree, you will be better off."
Excellent advice! Not too long after this Eve found herself in a field, under the blazing sun, planting beans with a short-handled hoe.
I remember one day driving home from preaching for Brother Dowell in Lemon Grove. On my way home I crossed the bridge over Mission Valley, I think it is called.
Mission Valley is a natural route for water to follow from a dam in the east traveling westward to the Pacific Ocean. This valley is filled with homes and businesses of all sorts. If there is enough rain and that dam breaks loose, there will be billions of dollars of property damage and probably many lives lost.
I was thinking about this as I was driving across the bridge, and I thought of the wretchedness the people would be experiencing.
As I pondered this disaster that may take place some day, the Lord spoke to me. He said to the effect, "I take no pleasure in seeing people endure so much suffering, with their possessions floating away, and no place to find shelter. If the engineers and builders had asked me, I would have shown them how to prevent such a tragedy."
Can't you just imagine the civil engineers and the developers and builders asking the Lord what they should do!
But they could have, just as well as not! "O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." There is an old hymn that goes something like that.
We are facing Divine judgments on our nation. The future will be an era of moral and physical horrors, if I am hearing the Spirit correctly. We are going to need to hear from the Lord continually if we are to be of help to our loved ones and the people around us.
The Lord is more than willing to advise us. He always sits as King of the flood. He is just waiting to see if anyone is going to ask for wisdom and help.
It's a shame, isn't it, that such wisdom, such joy, such strength are waiting for anyone who cares enough to ask for them. Yet we plow on in our ignorant, stubborn, rebellious manner until we have harmed a number of people including ourselves. Isn't it the truth?
I suppose I have rambled on long enough. When I woke up this morning my mind was filled with the need to write about the will of God. I have a tremendous desire to be for eternity the will of God throughout His universe. Do you have such a desire? My God grant it to you. (from The Will of God)