Another new crisis in ‘The Scenarios of Sharon,’ has me up during the night in tearful prayer. The Lord has been reminding me in this latest struggle to practicing what I preach: “Give thanks in all things for this is the will of GOD in Christ JESUS concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). As I give, not feel, thanks peace returns.
Responsibilities and commitments have me running during the day. Today is one that is to be crammed full, so this morning in a rush I only had a few quick moments in GOD’s Word to hear HIS instructions before heading out to take grandchildren to school.
Turning to Psalms, my Bible opened in Proverbs and my eyes lit on a verse. “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrong (Proverbs 19:11 NLT). Then I noticed a verse across the page. “Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor only fools insist on quarreling” (Proverbs 20:3 NLT). When I got home from delivering the kids to school, one attempted to goad me into an argument and it seemed so funny I had to hold back laughter lest I add fuel to the anger the one already stirred up. God had prepared me in advance for this temptation and by doing so I was not pulled in.
The LORD’s acting on HIS foreknowledge of what I would encounter not only kept me out of a foolish argument but encouraged me greatly that HE is with me leading all the way plus it strengthened my faith.
Several hours later, with other particulars GOD provided what would be needed later. I didn’t know it would be needed, but it was. All was done before the fact as HE emphasized to me HE plans and acts according to HIS awesome foreknowledge. Don’t know what lies ahead but am sure something is coming and HE is preparing me for it.
By confirming HE acts according to HIS foreknowledge- highlights it as one of HIS marvelous ways. Because that is true, we can know what HE says HE will do! GOD will keep HIS promises, cause nothing unexpected can come up to block it.
What a wise and mighty GOD we serve!
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith