"When first affliction comes upon us, how everything gives way!
Our clinging, tendril hopes are snapped, and our hearts lie prostrate like a vine that the storm has torn from its trellis;
but when the first shock is passed and we are able to look up, and say, 'It is the Lord,'
faith lifts the shattered hopes once more, and binds them fast to the feet of God.
Thus the end is confidence, safelty, and peace." ~Streams in the Desert
I'll be honest with you:
There is a situation in my life right now that has snapped my "clinging, tendril hopes"; and I have not yet found the faith to lift them and "bind them fast to the feet of God."
I'm sort of in between that and the phrase before it…I know this trial is from the Lord. My brain can reason out the truth of it; but my heart is still hurting, still "torn from its trellis."
I know the Lord is growing my faith here. I know that He is aware of my wavering trust.
I know He can meet my needs, but so often I wonder why He should?
I get stuck in that place of emotion that tells me I am unworthy of His intervention in my hour of tribulation.
I think this is the place where the enemy wants to keep us.
When I am in between acknowledgment of God's power and believing His power for my need, I must run to Scripture.
Where else will I find an adulterous, murderous king with the heart of a poet who, in spite of his failures, completed trusted His God for deliverance???
Psalm 33:18-22 "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
So, I cling to the truth of the Word; and lift my "shattered hopes once more" and bind them "fast to the feet of God".
Has a storm of life ripped you from your trellis of faith?
Lift your shattered hopes and bind them to the only One Who can meet your every need!