Does it bring great comfort to your soul to know God carries you in the palm of His hand; He loves you and presses you close against His beating heart?
It does me. Knowing and picturing me in the hollow of His hand has rather wowed my heart when I realize the Holy One has used that same hand to measure the waters in and with its span measured heaven. Truly, who are we that He is mindful of us?
We are His lovers, His companions and the joy of His heart. We are the reasons He is love.
We are the reasons God is Love.
Daniel 11:32 speaks of those who know their God; the verse says those who know Him will do great exploits. A ‘great exploit’ and dream for me would be to sell 50,000+ copies of Beckoned by the King, to speak once a month at various events, to have the truthwords of my heart touch the lives of thousands of men and women. Yes, those would be great exploits.
One of the greatest exploits we all are capable of is ‘hoping in His Word’. We hope when the circumstances of life look bleak and dark. Hope is the light in our spirit that flickers and grows bright and because hope arises from our renewed spirit, we hope in faith. Our soul, (that which is our mind, will and emotions) may faint as we wait for the salvation of our God, but hope rises in our spirit as we focus our hope on the Word of God. Psalm 119:81
When we walk and pass through the valley of the shadow of death, we will hope and be triumphant. When Bruce and I walked through the days not long past dealing with the ramifications of cancer and death, we didn’t think about great exploits. We thought about making sure we knew our God and knowing God resulted in a great exploit as we witnessed and were recipients of the miraculous hand of God working in our behalf. Our faith is a testament to the doctors and to those in our community.
We will lift up Jesus our Banner of Victory knowing He is Jehovah-Nissi our victory! Lifting up the Name of Jesus during our time of trial is a great exploit!
Pressing in and learning to know who our God is, that too is a great exploit because it’s hard to press in and be faithful and confident in a God who has no skin but whose words on paper are sure and true.
When we know our God, fear and unbelief will not hem us in. We are held in the hollow of the Almighty’s Hand. And those waters He measured are not going to sweep over us, we are not going to be lost amidst the bright shining stars, for the glory He has placed within us will shine brightest of all.
A great exploit is walking up the hill before us, hiking up that mountain so our legs become strong and our muscles well formed. He enlarges our heart in the climb so we can carry more of Him; breathe more of Him in.
What we do on the mountaintop is not the ‘great exploit’! The great exploit is gradually, here a little, there a little, being faithful to walk forward, to be the friend who covers the back of our brother or sister with prayer and a loving touch. What will it matter what I do on the mountaintop if my behavior and attitude on the climb are not glorifying to our Lord?
When we know our God, our life of faith will be our greatest exploit, for His love frees us to rest in His unfailing Word. So don’t be discouraged if you think or feel you are not where you would like to be. God knows exactly where you are on the hill and He is forming in you the perfect resemblance of the Image of the Son.
Shall we commit to hoping in His Word and waiting on the Lord so we can rise up with wings like eagles? Shall we trust Him to crown us with loving-kindness and tender mercies as we climb the hills of life? Shall we lift our voices in one accord and bless Him for satisfying us with good things from His hand and renewing our youth like the eagles’ in the hardest moments?
Sometimes, the greatest exploit is being a friend to one in need, by giving our two mites because we have opened our heart to the needy.
Hope in faith and feel the hand of the One who loves you with an everlasting love.
Standing with you in love,