..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Devotions From the Heart: Unless I Had Believed

by Pastor Derek Gitsham

"I had fainted unless I had believed to
see the goodness of the Lord in the land
of the living." Psalm 27:13

Faith is the marvelous grace of God that
saves us not only from the present calamity,
but also what is to come. For we must believe
to see, and see to believe. So many have
given up on the road of life because they
cannot see what can only be seen by the eye
of faith by the heart that believes.

Such was the distress of David that he knew
that if he had not believed, his heart would
have given way to discouragement, and would
have lost courage to continue on. Many are
the attacks of the enemy to dissuade the
saints, that to continue on would be futile.
Dark clouds hover ominously over us, but
David knew that he would see God’s hand in
the situation.

What a joy this is for the saint, to be able
to believe that God will come through for us,
He will bring forth something good out of bad,
that He will be glorified in all. It is not
time to stop short of the winning post. But
to press on by believing Him, confessing to
this in prayer as Paul says, “with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10b).

God is the God of the eleventh hour. He waited
till Israel reached the edge of the Red Sea,
there was no warning given about the water, no
preparation. At the edge of the water, God spoke.
He’s always on time, believe then only to see the
goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
and surely you will, for He cannot fail, and
has never failed.

1 comment:

Bonny said...

As usual, Derek has a timely word. I so appreciate these devotionals. Thanks!