Morning Coffee with Jesus - December 17, 2009
Greetings loved ones.
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Isaiah 33:2 "O Lord be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress."
WOW! What an awesome prayer Isaiah prayed.
Being the rotten mathematician that I am, I can recall times many years ago when I was at work calculating numbers regarding an overall wage increase or trying to figure out a calculation for benefits. I would go through all the numbers and submit the numbers to my Accountant who would double check my work before it went to the President of the company. Fortunately, Russ would come back to me and let me know that I had made mistakes that he corrected for me so that the information was correct and so that I did not look like a total goof. The good thing was that he showed me my mistakes so that I would not repeat them. THAT is how I view the work of the Holy Spirit - showing me my mistakes so I don't make them again but at the same time "watching my back" so that the mistake didn't explode totally!
I’ve said it before - we make mistakes, or what we call mistakes. The nature that could fall into such mistake needs the living of it out. In the living out of that mistake we come to find that we have fallen, not into hopeless confusion of our own wild, ignorant making, but that God has been at work among our lives, and that the emerging is into His blessed order; that He is forever correcting our mistakes; that He makes them up beforehand, and that He evermore restores our souls.
Isn't it wonderful to know that God is so gracious to us that He allows us to mess up and then the Holy Spirit shows us that we have so that we can recognize our need for a Savior repeatedly?
That single thought leads me back to Isaiah's prayer, above. “O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress." God HAS been gracious to us. He IS our strength every morning (noon and night too!) and He IS our salvation in times of distress. I know that as I've gone through difficult times God has NEVER forsaken me - and He's not going to do it now!
Despite the distress you currently endure, know today that God IS our strength and our salvation. Hang in there today and remember how much He loves you.