Today is one of those messages in which I give no answers, but invite you to take an introspective walk with me into your life. Every so often, it is indeed prudent and wise of us to stop and take stock; see where we are and where we have come from; and from there, realize just what a big part our Father has played in bringing us into the land that we find ourselves in today.

And the verse that I find apt in helping with this moment of introspection is this one;

“O Lord, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will praise and give thanks to Your name;
For You have done miraculous things,
Plans formed long, long ago, [fulfilled] with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 [AMP]
When you look into your life today, are you proud to call our Father your God? Are you bursting with enthusiasm in wanting to share the goodness of His love with those around you? Does your heart race with excitement as you recall all the good things that He has done for you; and does praise spill from your lips as a result?

Or are you feeling a little ‘otherwise’?

Has God done miraculous or wonderful, as the NIV puts it, things for you? Has He done His “share of miracle-wonders” Isaiah 25:1 [MSG]
I can’t answer that question for you, beloved child of God. Nor do I have to. Because you see, our relationship with our Father is personal, intimate and the business of really only two people, us and Him.

Remember what Jesus said to the ladies who were looking for Him the day He resurrected?

“Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

Isn’t it interesting that in all English translations of this verse, Jesus is never recorded as referring to God has ‘our Father’, but ‘my Father and your Father, my God and your God’? Now, Jesus would not have been wrong if He were to say that He was going back to our Father. But that He chose to keep the reference personal, there must be, as there always is, much significance to His words.

And if we think about it, there is. Because relationships are always personal, never corporate. Even within the family, it doesn’t matter how good our parents are to all our siblings; what will affect our perception of our parents’ love is the extent to which their love is showered upon us, personally and individually, isn’t it? Sounds a bit selfish, but hey, isn’t that the truth?

So if or not you will acknowledge the Lord as your God; whether you will exalt Him, praise and give thanks to His name; really all depends on whether you feel that personally, for you alone, He has done miraculous and wonderful things. So has He?

When you look into your life, can you really say,

“They’ll see that you take care of the poor,
that you take care of poor people in trouble,
Provide a warm, dry place in bad weather,
provide a cool place when it’s hot.
Brutal oppressors are like a winter blizzard
and vicious foreigners like high noon in the desert.
But you, shelter from the storm and shade from the sun,
shut the mouths of the big-mouthed bullies.” Isaiah 25:4-5 [MSG]

Have you been taken care of? Have you been provided for? Have you been protected? Were you sheltered in bad weather and provided a cool place when the world sought to turn up its heat on you? Were you vindicated in the face of unfounded criticisms, and did false accusations against you fall like flies in a bad children’s cartoon?

If you were and you have been, then hasn’t He done wonderful and miraculous things for you? And don’t you just feel like announcing to the world that the Lord IS your God; and exalting Him, praising and giving thanks to His name saying,

“Look at what’s happened! This is our God!
We waited for him and he showed up and saved us!
This God, the one we waited for!
Let’s celebrate, sing the joys of his salvation.
God’s hand rests on this mountain!” Isaiah 25:9-10 [MSG]

Or perhaps you are feeling a little ‘otherwise’. A little left out of God’s blessing spree. You feel a little neglected, a little unwanted. Well, beloved, then for us, our refuge is still Isaiah 25:1, because He’s got plans for us, does our Father in heaven, and of these plans He says,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

And we need to remember that of the miraculous and wonderful things, Isaiah 25:1 does say that some of them could even be

“…Plans formed long, long ago, [fulfilled] with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 [AMP]

Beloved, child of God, if you feel a little left out, don’t be; because you never are. Just like a seed when planted in the ground looks dead right up to the point when its first shoots break the soil’s surface, so too are you merely in that phase of perceived inaction. But it doesn’t mean that our Father isn’t at work. For remember that of the good things in our lives, these things are said,

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

And that is why He “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. Ephesians 3:20

For “He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

Maybe there is a queue? Maybe your field of grain has just been planted, and you are waiting for the seeds to germinate, grow and mature? But whatever the reason may be for His perceived inaction, we can always take heart for

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

And it will surely come because

“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth,
Making it bear and sprout,
And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;
It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 [AMP]

What our Father says, will happen; and that is why we can have faith that our Father will do “miraculous things, Plans formed long, long ago, [fulfilled] with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 [AMP]

Each and every plan, each and every promise, even and especially those written for us in the Bible, even though they were written long, long ago, will be fulfilled with perfect faithfulness.

So beloved child of God, it really doesn’t matter if or not you think that God has done wonderful things for you; because there are so many more wonderful and miraculous things that He is going to do for you in the rest of your days.

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