They Hated Him Without a Causeby David Wilkerson | June 15, 2009
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
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GOD HAS THE POWER, WISDOM, WILLINGNESS AND LOVE TO PRESERVE HIS BELOVED PEOPLE.
If we are being asked to trust our lives to someone, we have to know that this someone has the power to keep us from all danger, threats and violence. Otherwise, our trust is in vain. Simply put, our God has to have the wisdom and power to guide us and countless multitudes through various crises and difficulties. And he must accomplish this guidance of his people in love.
If you know the Lord at all, you know this is his character. He is almighty, infinitely wise, and a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Indeed, he is the very essence of love. Paul writes, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). Paul is saying, in essence, “I have put my life in the Lord’s hands. And I am persuaded he won’t embezzle my trust. He will faithfully keep his word to preserve me because he is both able and willing to do so. That has been my experience with the Lord.”
Today, as storm clouds gather, our choice is clear: We can either resign our lives into the Lord’s hands, or we can be responsible for keeping and preserving ourselves, a task that is impossible when God is shaking everything. The fact is, our peace and contentment always depend on our resignation into God’s hands, no matter what our circumstance. The Psalmist writes, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Your Father desires for you to be able to go about your daily business without fear or anxiety, totally trusting in his care. And your resignation to him has a very practical effect in your life. The more resigned you are to his care and keeping, the more indifferent you’ll be to the conditions around you. If you are resigned to him, you won’t constantly try to figure out the next step. You won’t be scared by the frightful news swirling around you, or overwhelmed as you think about the days ahead, because you have entrusted your life, family and future into your Lord’s safe and loving hands.
How worried or concerned do you think literal sheep are as they follow their shepherd into open pastures? They’re not worried at all because they’re totally resigned to his leading of them. Likewise, we are the sheep of Christ, who is our great Shepherd. Why should we ever be concerned, disquieted or worried about our lives and future? He knows perfectly how to protect and preserve his flock because he leads us in love.
Be warned: If you yield all to God, you’ll be fiercely opposed by every power of darkness. Satan will erect mountains of frightful conditions before you, to try to drive you to unbelief. He’ll flood you with doubts and fears that have never crossed your mind before. His strategy is to turn your focus onto “how bad things are going to get” rather than onto God’s promises to keep you.
We may see dangers on all sides, including a devil and his principalities who want to drown our faith in doubts. But we have a fiery guard of angels surrounding us and a God who is under oath to carry us through any disaster we may face. Do you want to face the coming storm with quiet confidence and peace of mind? Then die today to all your own ways and means of saving yourself and commit the keeping of your life wholly to God’s care. He is your good, loving Shepherd who is faithful to see you through it all.
A final word: Pray about everything. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in all your ways. Then rest. Let the peace of God fill your heart and mind. If God is with you, who can be against you?
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