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    January 22, 2020

    Do you know that there are times when God asks questions?  

    I am intrigued by what He asked in Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

    You have probably heard the phrase that it is “darkest before the dawn.”   Discouragement from the past can push us toward dismissing optimism and settling for pessimism.  Some may say that a pessimist is an optimist with experience.  Could it be that without a clear vision of God’s goodness we can easily become discouraged and pessimistic? 

    Thankfully, God understands us and is patient with us.  His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23).  God understands that our positive vision can be leak away like water held in our hands but faith in what God can do can make anyone more optimistic.  God asked Abraham “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).  God asked Jerimiah “Is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).   Great questions asked by God!

    When life makes you feel like you are lost in a wilderness, or dry as a desert, God is still at work even if we can’t perceive it very well.  Our perception can improve as we know God’s Word better and exercise our faith.  God is already making a way in your wilderness and bring a river to meet your needs.

    How would you finish the sentence: “Can you imagine if_____________?”  When we bring our hopes and dreams to God, He works sometimes in unseen ways to fulfill His will for our lives. 

    For your hopes and dreams to come true, how big would God have to be?  God is already bigger than that!  How much faith do you need?  Don’t let the devil snatch your seed of faith, let it be planted in the “good soil” by knowing God’s Word.

    Few believe that there can be a “river in the desert, or a way through a wilderness” but it’s true! When we believe it, then we can start to perceive it!  It takes faith to trust you are where God wants you to be right now and faith to live with a “confident expectancy” that God is doing a new thing for your future.  Let the dark of night end and give thanks to Lord for how He is making a new way for you to know Him better today.

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