Week of May 10
"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." ~ Lamentations 3:23
The Israelites understood that God is always faithful to His word. Even amid judgment, they still saw His love, His mercy and compassions. They didn't blame God. Instead, they praised Him sacrificially.
Recently, the Lord put the hymn, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," on my heart. I couldn't help but sing it over and over to Him. The refrain said it all, "Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!"
This special praise came immediately after the Lord provided a church to host our God's Love at Work Women's Expo.
The Lord loves us to be dependent upon Him. And oh how often He sets my feet on an Abraham-faith journey. You know, the one where He calls us to an assignment and instructs us to head out, not knowing where we're going (Heb. 11:8).
Being an adventurer at heart, these treks thrill me, and I am awed at everything that God shows me along the way. Like mountain climbing, each step forges a new character and courage in us.
Is the Lord taking you into new territory in your career? Is He giving you new projects and assignments? Has He opened doors wide that cause you go cling to Him for provision? Sometimes when the Lord promotes us, we feel inadequate, questioning whether we can really do the job.
If this is you, rest assured that you can with Jesus walking alongside you. God has raised you up for such a time as this. He has prepared you, and He has already provided everything you need to accomplish what He has set you out to do. Whatever you do not know, God will reveal to you in His creative ways. And He will bring others who have the knowledge or connections you need. He will give you revelations throughout the journey. And if you ever feel "stuck," He'll send someone to lovingly give you the shove you need.
Everywhere we turn, we hear evangelists and leaders say, "2008 is the year of new beginnings." I believe that. And I have already seen manifest fruit of this declaration.
Remember when Joshua entered into the Promised Land, and he had to fight battles to gain what God promised him and his people? Joshua had to depend upon God for every unique strategy for victory along the way (Joshua 5:14). So too must we. This is the key to a success that is greater than we can achieve on our own.
God loves His children and desires to bless us. He is our greatest cheerleader and champion. I love Jesus' prayer, "On earth as it is in heaven." Jesus had such a heart for His Heavenly Father that He only wanted to serve Him and do His will. He was wise enough to choose the highest path that would result in the highest reward for Himself and others. There is no greater strategy than the one God reveals. His ways are always purposed, positioning us higher than we can take ourselves alone. And sometimes they may seem unusual.
Remember, Abraham had to depart his comfort zones to receive an inheritance that was greater than what his earthly father could provide (Gen. 12:1).
Are you ready to go higher than you've ever gone? God is searching for a people who love Him enough to do extraordinary exploits. The rewards are so worth the journey. And our God is faithful to deliver.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.