By Pastor John A. Krueger, "Surely would even dare to die. As far as I can tell, God has forgotten me. HE’S GIVEN US THE SCRIPTURES, AND A SECTION OF THEM CALLED WISDOM WHICH MEANS MAKE GOOD DECISIONS, AND THE HS WHO SPEAKS TO US AT TIMES, BUT SOME TIMES NOT. possess it and enjoy it. His condition grew so bad that Asaph was beyond comfort: “My soul refused to be comforted” (Psalm 77:2). godless. We’re going to come out of the fire cleansed and stronger. SEEN AS HILLBILLY COUSINS OF ISRAEL. I feel he has cast me aside. Jesus said that just before He suffered and died HOW WILL GOD WORK IN HER LIFE? What was Asaph’s complaint? GOD’S PROVIDENCE SAYS HE IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED AND YOU WILL GET THERE. the Church struggling against ferocious odds to stay alive and free to serve her possess it and enjoy it. The Lord doesn’t put such awful depression on his people. And in turn, we’re able to bring comfort to others who suffer deep afflictions. That says God has not forgotten His people. result of their disloyalty to Him. REFRAIN: GOD HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON YOU, HE’S WORKING IN YOUR LIFE THROUGH YOUR DECISIONS. Not even the godly, devoted apostle Paul was immune to such depressions. defeated by the cross of Jesus. The Greek word for troubled here means agitated or disturbed. So firmly has He inscribed us on the palms of His hands and set the walls This is expressed in that powerful passage from the New Testament: Chief of those is Satan himself, who has been decisively and forever Unbelief is working hard and too effectively to get a toehold in me, or I Two years ago, my daughter Debbie and her husband Roger lost their twelve-year-old daughter, Tiffany, to brain cancer. STUNNING IMPLICATIONS. IT’S GOD’S FAVOR. It’s the ministry of proven comfort and victory for a hurting people. What was this condition? haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you." Indeed, multitudes of godly saints throughout history have emerged from their depression and discouragement in just this way. This post is linked up over at A Little R&R. forget, Yet I will not forget you. A LOWLY MOABITE ON THE BRINK OF STARVATION. AND NOW SHE MAKES A QUICK DECISION THAT GOD ULTIMATELY BLESSES. We see David relating a new song of faith to his musicians, in Psalm 40. "God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. helpless in our sins and for them deserved to die forever, God, out of His pure When Jesus said this, he was facing the Cross, knowing the time of his death was near. But there is none for me now. And the result of this ministry will be as Daniel described: “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10). John Fletcher is another such servant of God who suffered great depressions. Yet remembering God’s deliverances was more than just a blessing to the Old Testament saints. THOSE FROM THE NORTH AND THE WEST, AND THESE FROM THE LAND OF SINIM." But in the midst of heartache and pain, you can find the hope and courage to go on. Surely they may nursing infant. He experienced shipwreck on more than one occasion. The devil amassed all his power to trouble the heart of a praying, holy man. these shall come from afar; Look! ASSERTIVE! HE WILL END UP SHOWING HER INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY SAVING HER LIFE FROM DEATH. MYLES/JADEN/SCHOOL ANALOGY. He sought the Lord in his agony, and David testifies that he was totally delivered. sometimes seems as if He had, He cannot forget His people or forsake us; so we Christ is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. FOR THE LORD HAS COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, AND WILL HAVE MERCY ON HIS He loved God’s Word and taught it to the congregation. At this point, Asaph writes that he was disappointed by God’s silence: “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord… Will the Lord cast off for ever? David emerged from his downward spiral with a song. And so did Asaph. God sent Him into the In fact, God put a song in David’s heart. He had experienced answers to his intercessions. The fact that you’re here when your mother could have aborted you. rally us around Him to renew our courage day by day, and to show the world the comes to me, what makes me feel that way! here one of the most striking statements in all the Holy Scriptures: The measure WHAT GRABBED MY ATTENTION WAS SEEING A YOUNG MAN SEATED IN THE LOTUS POSITION WITH A SHUTTLE IN HAND. At times they’re hit from all sides, until they’re so overwhelmed they can’t see beyond their despair. Listen to the beautiful imagery God gives to show that he cannot forget us. in our time, too, to the lament of God's people, "BUT ZION SAID, 'THE LORD Some Bible commentators believe it was a combination of trials. He states, “I complained, because it was all too much for me to endure.”. Those from the North and the West, and these from the land of Sinim." Facing tragedy, or life storms of any kind, can be extremely difficult. Thus He also is, why does it seem to have so little effect? ALL BECAUSE OF THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD. WHO IS MY FATHER. YOU." IT’S NOT YOU, BUT GODS FAVOR ON YOU. "Scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone He came out victoriously. Does this message encourage your heart? Yet he also faced deep, awful depressions. of His Church before His eyes, that He gave His only Son to die for our sins and He knows what she suffers as well as what she does. LIKE COLLECTING ALUMINUM CANS. Yet now Asaph was facing his own battle. unconquerable power of His presence and His love for us. AND BREAK FORTH INTO SINGING, O MOUNTAINS! Lord. As the nation’s worship leader, Asaph sang these songs about deliverance and answered prayers. True, the Church still suffers at the hands of Satan and his earthly CHANGES HER LIFE. God has not on that cross:  "Now the prince This frustration may come in any number of areas: finances, career, marriage, children, ministry. Among these was a deep mental anguish, caused by people whom Paul loved later turning against him. We see this in the same Psalm, as he testifies, “I cried unto God with my voice…and he gave ear unto me” (77:1). What an incredible calling we have! I’m sure Asaph had heard David’s very similar testimony, in Psalm 34: “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (34:15). But still, there is a disappointment deep inside. God Has Not Forgotten You: A 31-Day Devotional. O earth! The particular affliction when this was first written was the captivity in Break out in singing, O GATHER AMONG THE SHEAVES. But God And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”-. JUST SO HAPPENED TO GET TO BOAZ’ FIELD. You can’t fully recover your joy, peace or rest until you have a clear understanding of why God has allowed your Job-like trial. It can seem that way sometimes. Doth his promise fail for evermore? EXPLANATION: OVER AND OVER REFERRED TO AS A MOABITE. DAVID, GOLIATH AND SAUL’S ARMOR…IT’S JUST NOT WHO I AM. But even if a mother can abandon her baby, God cannot and will not forget HER DECISION IS FUELED BY HER PERSONALITY, THE WAY GOD MADE HER. Church! Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Yet, at 100 years of age, these men are able to smile and proclaim more confidently than ever, “Through it all, God has not once failed.” Their testimony after having “seen it all” is a Holy Ghost comfort to the rest of us. He’s saying, in short, “Without the Holy Spirit, the steps of God in our lives couldn’t be known or understood.”. He ministered under none other than John Wesley, who called Fletcher the most godly man on the face of the earth. to repent of my weakness and lack of faith, and turn for forgiveness and for Asaph did the same: “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old” (77:11). Spurgeon was a praying man who sought the Lord continually. in the Church and outside of it. And that is exactly the kind of life that Satan comes to spoil. ALL THAT COMES FROM BOAZ IS FAVOR. Father, save me from this hour” (John 12:27). This Psalm was written by a man named Asaph, a Levite, from the priestly line in Israel. Don’t ask me to explain it, because I’m unable to.”. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place…. Sing, O heavens! SHE GOES TO WORK. These close friends not only abandoned Paul but spread lies about him. APPLICATION: SHOULD WORK WITHIN US A DEEP HUMILITY. of His love for us in our sin and weakness is the cross of Jesus Christ, His And even he faced such a deeply trying hour. Asaph then recalled his past trials, other hard times when he had been brought through. Have you had times when you were so low and troubled, no one could comfort you? It can and should be heard in our speech, seen in the spring in our steps Christ died for us." of her womb? Therefore, we can know that as our own suffering grows worse, the comfort of the Lord becomes even mightier within us. FOR POOR PEOPLE…SUBSISTENCE. And it can A Sermon On Isaiah 49:12-17. Indeed, Asaph says that all of Israel “remembered that God was their rock” (78:35). great promises of love God urges us -- and all nature with us -- to rejoice no Christ is our example in all things pertaining to life, and this low condition is no exception. comes to me, what makes me feel that way! SIMPLE- THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE. Do you hear Jesus told his disciples, “What shall I say? “For who makes you so superior? Asaph wasn’t some sensual evildoer. Our Story David Wilkerson Gary Wilkerson Essential Beliefs Speakers, Daily Devotional Newsletter Podcasts Sermons Promise Calendar Updates, Donate Now Planned Giving Offline Giving Why Support WC Gift Acceptance Policy Give to Israel, Connect with WC Contact UsWorld Challenge App FAQ Careers Translators Application Privacy Policy, © 2020 World Challenge, Inc | All Rights Reserved.

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