March 20, 2018 – Let Go and Let God – Pr. Noleen Mendes
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. For the Lord hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.—Psalm 69:32-33
In this psalm, it’s pretty apparent that David , the warrior of all God’s warriors, is afflicted. He is the only one in the Scriptures described as a man after God’s own heart. Within these passages lies the evidence of why he is known as such: His faith in his Heavenly Father is undeniable! Although he was a great and mighty soldier for God and won many battles, he understood that when afflicted, humbling himself to lean on the Father was the only way to see Him working on our behalf. It is in this posture that we resist the enemy’s temptation to lead us into doubt and we relinquish ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit. It is there that the Holy Spirit encourages us to the reality that God has not abandoned us.
When I read these verses, I thought of my grown-up kids! They are both facing some challenging times right now, where they can sometimes be discouraged at seeing what’s happening around them. It takes great humility to refrain from trying to understand it all or trying to find the answers on our own; to trust God with a meek and gentle spirit, moving forward confidently as He works behind the scenes. If we’re prideful in not trusting God, then it will be impossible to see what He is doing on our behalf. It is impossible to trust, to let go and let God. It is impossible to find hope. When we can rise above our challenges by trusting God, we prepare the way to see His glory rise in our situations. I wait in expectancy for my grown-ups to experience this. But it will come only as a result of their posture of humility as they walk through the valleys of their own affliction.
Father God, I have walked through the valleys of affliction countless numbers of times and it was not easy. As a result, however, I have seen Your hand at work and Your glory rise. Today, I pray for my grown-ups, that as they walk through their valleys, they will ward off the tendency to trust and hope in the things of this world. I pray that they will humble themselves in faith and as they do, You would give them eyes to see You at work. Holy Spirit, I pray You will encourage their hearts, that the plan that has already been unfolding in their lives, for all their lives, is still filled with hope and a future. In Jesus Name I pray…Amen!