|Miracles: “There may be times when your heart longs for outward manifestations of His power. Remember, if they are for you, you are asking Him to let you walk by sight rather than faith, and the degree that He shows Himself mighty on your behalf, you will be that much more accountable in the day of judgement.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep nor shall your tears run down. Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of mourners.” Ezekiel 24:16-17
Our Lord asks His servants to do hard things. He commanded Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a human sacrifice on Mount Moriah. He told Hosea to marry a worthless whore and be faithful to her. God took the wife of Ezekiel’s youth, “the delight of his eyes,” and forbade him showing any emotion. The Lord commissioned Jeremiah with the task of telling his nation to freely surrender to the Babylonians, for Babylon was God’s tool of judgment. Israel was to submit to Babylon and allow them to take them captive. This was Judah’s supreme test of believing God, and Jeremiah had to play the role of a traitor.
Sometimes God told His servants why He wanted such sacrificial obedience, as was the case with Hosea and Ezekiel. But sometimes He kept His reasons to Himself, as was the case with Abraham. Knowing why God wants you to do something may satisfy your curiosity, but only by knowing the character of God can you develop the courage to be obedient.
Think of the hardest thing that God could ask you to do. Are you ready to do it? Our Lord does not promise that what He asks of us will be easy; He is not an easy God. He is loving, gentle, patient, and caring, but not easy.
Ezekiel 14-15 James 2 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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