Lent day 44 reflection – 03 April 2021

by Donn D’souza

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in “the shadow of His hand” (Isaiah 49:2). Our duty is to be still and listen. There is a “darkness” that comes from too much light— that is the time to listen.
The story of Abram and Hagar in Genesis Chapter 16, is an excellent example of listening to so-called good advice during a time of darkness, rather than waiting for God to send the light.

When God gives you a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing. Never try to help God fulfill His word.

Abram went through thirteen years of silence, but in those years all of his self-sufficiency was destroyed. He grew past the point of relying on his own common sense. Those years of silence were a time of discipline, not a period of God’s displeasure.

There is never any need to pretend that your life is filled with joy and confidence; just wait upon God and be grounded in Him ( Isaiah 50:10-11).

Do I trust at all in the flesh? Or have I learned to go beyond all confidence in myself and other people of God? Do I trust in books and prayers or other joys in my life? Or have I placed my complete confidence in God Himself, not in His blessings? “I am Almighty God…”— El-Shaddai, the All-Powerful God (Genesis 17:1).

The reason we are all being disciplined is so that we will know God is real. As soon as God becomes real to us, people pale by comparison, becoming shadows of reality. Nothing that other people do or say can ever upset the one who is built on God.

Today, as we wait for the resurrection, Jesus did exactly that. Wait for his Father, in the darkness of the tomb, till God, the author of light brought forth His Son from Darkness to light.

Let us encourage each the other to continue to wait on God in our times of darkness and not lose hope. He will come, as He did for His Son Jesus!

Have a blessed and Jesus-filled day!

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