Forward in Faith

The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger. – (Job 17:9, NLT)

 

In the midst of Job’s greatest suffering, he not only defends his innocence, but cries out to God for help. Though forward was not likely the direction he felt compelled to move in the midst of his misery, he continued to trust in the Lord. His hands were clean, and he did become stronger and stronger, with all things ultimately being restored unto him. We are called to do likewise. No matter what comes our way, we are meant to keep moving forward in faith, maintaining clean hearts and hands, so as to allow the Lord to be our strength and watch to see what He does to get us through. May we place our trust in He who is deserving of all of our trust, and keep moving forward in faith.

 

By faith we are called,Bold and Unhindered

To trust in the Lord;

No matter what comes,

May Christ be adored.

For He is our strength,

When we’re in the fight;

He’s our light and hope,

On the darkest night.

Let us choose to seek,

For in Him we find;

The light of the truth,

He opens eyes blind.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You to keep moving forward, You strengthen and equip us to do so in You. Thank You that You keep our hands and hearts clean when we are invested in You. Forgive us for not turning to You in the midst of our struggles, or for seeking to solve situations on our own. Teach us to turn in trust to You, as You are our Source of strength, hope and help. Show us how to love others with Your strength, so that they might see You through the way that we love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we keep moving forward in You, trusting You to be our strength. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; …my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5

Refined to Reflect Radiance

In the midst of tremendous loss, and in the face of his friends who were making false assumptions about why he was suffering, Job stood firm in the truth. He did not know nor understand why he was suffering, but he knew that when it was over, he would once again feel God’s favor upon him. Job’s confidence in God, despite his misery, is clearly defined in the following: But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. – (Job 23:10)

 

No, none of us are without sin, nor could we ever measure up on our own. However, when we are actively pursuing God’s very best for our lives, Christ in us covers and cleanses us from our sin, and allows us to be seen as blameless before Him. Regardless of the struggles or trials we are facing, He is with us, and when we get through them having clung to Christ, we more clearly reflect His heart and His character to those around us. More than that, our hope is not merely for what may become here, but rather for all of eternity. Our future in Christ is secure, and He alone is on whom we can depend forever.

 

Our ways are all known,Refined to Reflect Radiance

each turn that we take;

He sees each triumph,

each choice that we make.

In times of trial,

He knows where we cling;

He remains present,

through our suffering.

When we don’t feel Him,

He still is right there;

present forever,

our answer to prayer.

Through the press and rub,

of trials foretold;

when the testing ends,

we shall be as gold.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know us and love us and remain with us, even when times are tough. Thank You that though trials and suffering are never pleasurable, You use them for our ultimate good, by refining us and helping us to more clearly reflect You. Forgive us for not clinging completely to You in the midst of our messes, and help us to seek You with our whole heart in all things and at all times. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may be confident and secure in Your nearness, regardless of what we feel. Help us to keep the end in sight, knowing that You will see us through. May we love as You love us, and may many who are seeking, come to know You as their Savior and King. Be glorified, O God, as we are refined to reflect Your glory. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. – Ephesians 2:4-5