It is man’s lot in life to have trouble and lots of it. And, further, it seems that the Lord always waits to the last minute to deliver. We can just imagine that Moses was, at times, very frustrated as he dealt with Pharaoh and then later with the children of Israel in the wilderness. Although Abraham and Joseph show no indication that they despaired during their wait for the promises, surely they had their moments too. It is certain that David had many times of utter despair for he said, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” and “I wait on you all the day”. It is clear from many passages of Scripture that ‘THE SUBSTANCE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS IN THE WAITING’, THE ANSWER IS JUST THE SHADOW. It is the time when character is built, a time of preparation for the spiritual tasks to come, a time to absorb revelations from the Lord concerning the future and a time to learn to pray and worship. To be of use to the Lord we must learn to “Joy in tribulation” and praise Him when difficult times come. Let’s face it, anyone can praise and thank Him during good times, it takes a real committed and devout Christian to praise Him when there seems to be no hope. In the same way it is easy to love those who are kind to you but Christians are to love their enemies. These are the things that separate spiritual men from boys!

 

In the 107th Psalm it is stated that men “are at their wit’s end” and the passage explains that “they reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man . . . Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brings them out of their distress . . . he brings them unto their desired haven” (verse 30). So it was with the men of great faith throughout the Bible, those who although distressed, remain faithful to the end and received the promise. We must press on, and do it joyfully if we are to be a witness to those around us and receive the blessings of this life and the one to come.

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

 

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Saviour, all the day long . . . (Blessed Assurance)