Don’t Forget…Appropriate

“My soul, praise the Lord, and all that is within me, praise His holy name. My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2).
       If you are an avid follower of current affairs around the world especially in the free-world, one would assume that certain things just don’t add up. Despite clear indices on the ground to predict outcome of certain pattern of events, it’s as if an unseen hand was playing a cruel joke on the predictors, by turning those indices on their heads. As children of God we discern that God is truly the one that controls the affairs of men, no matter how orderly their thinking and predictions are, He is able to overturn it to bring His counsel to pass. Only those who are in tune with Him see this and are not surprised by the outcomes they see. Those that are not, make predictions based on what they see and what they think should be, falsely claiming that it is divinely given to them. God cannot be mocked because He is the One: “Who destroys the omens of the false prophets and makes fools of diviners and confounds the wise and makes their knowledge foolishness” (Isaiah 44:25). However, for as many that are in tune with Him, walking with Him in truth, He is the One “Who confirms the message of His servant and fulfills the counsel of His messengers” (Isaiah 44:26). God is true and in Him there is no lie or falsehood. If we must succeed in these difficult times, then we must walk before Him in truth and the confidence that He has our best interests at heart. 
      When King David was forced to flee his throne and kingdom because of Absalom’s rebellion against his reign; he understood that the indices and the very predictable nature of the people will not restore his seat to him except the Lord steps into the situation. One would have expected Him to ask God questions concerning his situation after all God promised him and his sons the kingdom. Rather, he remained faithful to God, waiting on Him to restore his kingdom back to him. And God did! 
     Friend, you may be facing a situation you never saw coming, or you were very confident that things will go well for you because of the planning and hard work you had put in, but it didn’t! It’s quick and very convenient to blame God and go into self-pity. This position will only hurt you and push you further away from His Presence. We must know, understand and appropriate to ourselves the manifold blessings of God. He has promised to be with us in times of trouble, and this situation you are in is not an exception. Therefore, our souls must continue to praise Him and our hearts must deliberately believe every word of His. One thing is for sure, how do we appropriate a thing to our lives if we had forgotten about it? The Bible clearly tells us: “He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. He satisfies you with goodness; your youth is renewed like the eagle” (Psalm 103:3-5). Men’s orderly thinking and their predictions will fail but God’s word remains forever and it will surely come to pass. Don’t forget it no matter what situation you find yourself, appropriate it! God bless you.


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