To help us draw nigh unto God we can visualize reaching for His hand. It helps us to take-hold of His reality. Like a child whose hand is stretched forth to a parent seeking leading, guidance and comfort–we seek His hand at all times.
We seek Him the most when we know we can’t take a step without Him. Through humility and total surrender we reach into our hearts, and reach out to His grace and mercy. Many things can hinder our efforts. What we hold in our hands may need to be released. Perhaps we need to stop trying to grab hold of something or someone else. It may also be our fears and insecurities that prevent us from reaching forth boldly and wholly.
As we walk with the Lord we realize we need His guidance with every step—great or small. Trial or no trial, we desire to hold His hand. Holding His hand brings comfort when in sorrow and peace when at war. It brings safety and rest in every moment. We seek after Him because we love Him so and find He looks for us to reach out to Him from glory to glory!
Psalms 77:2 “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.”
A misunderstanding, an offense, spoken harsh words and suddenly someone’s anger rises to an unexpected level. A knife is grabbed and held high; a scream…then silence. The knife is thrown on the ground and the person runs, runs, runs until he cannot run any longer and he kneels down praying, “Lord what came over me? Please take this temper away! Help me Lord!”
It may not be to this extent that anger, bitterness, envy or any other works of the flesh manifest, but it is a battle we all face at one time or another. When it does, we feel so unworthy. We find ourselves embarrassed over things we have said or done. Shame, guilt and grief overwhelm our souls. In those times we might not run to God quickly enough. Our flesh tries to hide from God but to no avail. It’s only in God that we can hide. He is our hiding place. He preserves us from trouble, even when that trouble is caused by our flesh. It’s not always the devil who is opposing us. Our flesh constantly wars against the spirit and can only be confronted in and by the Spirit.
When we cry out to God we find He is a very present help in trouble. We submit our weaknesses to Him and receive His strength. It’s supernatural and amazing how God touches and changes us. We are in Christ, our hiding place. There is comfort, protection and deliverance. Instead of the flesh taking over, God takes over, from glory to glory!
Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
We believe that the Lord will raise us up, that all things will work out for His glory because that’s what God has spoken and we trust in His word. It is very important that we speak words of faith in times of difficulty. We speak forth what the Lord has said, repeating His truth so that lies are dispelled. We believe, therefore we speak. We do not lose heart because we truly believe that all things are for our sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Because God said He will never leave us, nor forsake us, we may boldly say, “the Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” We do not lose heart even though our outward man is perishing, because our inward man is being renewed day by day. We have the spirit of faith and do not murmur and complain, but speak words of life, hope and joy.
Yes, times may be difficult, but we have the spirit of faith. Yes, our bodies may be going through pain and aging, but we have a daily spiritual renewal that cannot be stopped. Yes, darkness is increasing all around us, but the glory of God is increasing much more and will be spread throughout the whole world. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Hallelujah! We believe, therefore we speak, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:13-16 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
How do we know whether it’s the fire of God, or the fire of satan, at work in our lives? When we are in battles, it’s important for us to know the source of our troubles in order to war effectively.
We can discern when the fire is of God, or of satan, with many easily recognizable clues. The fire of God comes to lift us higher, not crush us. It purifies us by removing impurities and drawing us closer to His purity. It burns on the inside enabling us to walk in the holiness we have in the Lord. It doesn’t destroy us; it puts us together. It doesn’t hurt; it helps. It doesn’t kill; it brings life, hope, love and peace. The fire of satan is the opposite. Its fire is from outside sources that bring destruction, death, despair and desolation.
God loves us and His mighty works are to bring us closer to Him, and one another. He moves from above to lift us up, not from beneath to bring us down. He doesn’t condemn us, but convicts us so we can walk in the purity of His holiness. We receive His cleansing and walk in His glory, from glory to glory!
Luke 9:54-55 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.”
Seeking the Lord has to be done in deed, and in truth, not in words alone. The Hebrew for seek is “darash,” which means to tread, to follow, to seek, to ask, to worship. When we worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, we seek Him alone. We do not seek healing, but the Healer; not the gift, but the Giver; not the provisions, but the Provider; not deliverance, but the Deliverer.
When we look for our car keys in order to go somewhere, nothing else matters. Our drive is such, we are unable to do anything else until they are found. We are to seek the Lord with the same fervor. When we seek Him, we find Him. God doesn’t hide from us, but is always within our reach. Whatever battle we face is won as we come face to face with Him. In that place, He provides us with the right ammunition and instruction to war effectively. He gives us what is specifically needed. That response from the Lord is what we aim directly at the enemy when we pray.
When we seek the answer to our prayers and omit to seek Him, we don’t have confidence that our petition is heard. It’s difficult to stand in our trials when we don’t have the assurance of His presence. The moment we are in His presence, we can see Him in the midst of our trial. We look for Him in all things from glory to glory!
Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”