JUST A GENTLE REMINDER

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JUST A GENTLE REMINDER

Reminders have become a common-placed item in today’s world. From post-it notes and to-do lists, to messages sent to your mobile phones from the doctor’s office, the nature of our time and the stresses of our lives make us forgetful creatures; and reminders come in very handy.

Today, as we look at Psalm 95, our Father is also giving us a reminder and we will do well to take heed of the reminder He has for us.

“For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’”” Psalm 95:7-11

This passage was written to remind Israel of how our Father delivered them from Egypt. Of how, even though by His hand they were able to leave Egypt laden with their plunder of the Egyptians (Exodus 12:36), even though by His hand they were led on the route which circumvented the ongoing war in Philistine, even though by His hand they crossed the Red Sea unscathed while Pharaoh’s army was destroyed (Exodus 14:28-29), even though by His hand they were provided for with bread in the morning and meat in the evening (Exodus 16:8), did they say this when the time came for them to finally cross over into the land which our Father promised them.

“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”” Numbers 14:1-4

It would have been bad enough if they had merely seen our Father’s goodness. But not only had their eyes seen, their hands had also touched, their mouths tasted and their lives filled with the produce of our Father’s love. Yet, they were filled with so much unbelief.

Now, what about us? Do you remember when you were last in trouble and our Father pulled you out? Do you remember when you last realized that you were needlessly worrying over your situation because our Father had it all under control? Did He not deliver you from your captives? Did you not leave only after you had plundered your enemies? It may not have been a literal plunder of their possessions, but did you not walk out of the situation with the upper hand? And whilst you were on the way, did He not overcome your challenges for you and did He not bring you over to the other side safe and sound, and did you not look back on your enemies only to see them drown in the mess which they had created? And were you not provided for along the way, with strength in the morning and refreshment at night?

So as we are looking at our situation right now, as we gaze into the uncertainty that lies ahead, why are we still entertaining doubt? Why are you wondering if your respite is coming? Why do you even ponder if He has heard your prayers?

Our Father is faithful, our Savior is faithful. They have been, they are, and they always will be.

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

And because we are part of His household, we can count on Him to be forever faithful.

Without a doubt, the troubles that face us are real. But so is His love. Yes, our worries need taking care of. But He did say,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

He never said that your troubles and worries are unimportant. In fact He said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Beloved, “…faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Hebrews 11:1 [AMPC]

That is why Jesus said,

“Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me.” John 20:29 [AMPC]

Learn from Israel. Do not allow yourself to be removed from His rest. You have seen Him at work in your life. You have touched the produce of His love. You have tasted the provision that He has showered upon you from the riches of His favor. So beloved, remember that

“…He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.” Psalm 95:7

His is even more concerned for our welfare than we are. And He has set us in His pasture, where

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.” Psalm 23:2

His hand leads us and guides us today, as He has been, and as He will be for the rest of our days; and beloved, looking back on your life, what is there to fear?

So here’s a gentle reminder from Jesus to you. He loves you.

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