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Listen while you read: "O Word Of God Incarnate"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 119:116-117 – Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. (NIV)
It has become difficult for me to position my left hand over the keyboard. I keep on finding new words coming out that do not make any sense. It is like having a strange limb that does not know what it is doing. I am, of course, asking God how this new handicap is to be taken. Am I to do all I can to help out this shaking arm and be patient with its behaviour? Everything was fine until recently, so it is puzzling at the least.
Likewise, how does God see me in my spiritual behaviour? How much is He overlooking my shaking faith and trembling trust in Him? How saddened is God by my wavering faith and weak obedience? The evidence shows a lack of regular time with God. It is apparent that this is a time to test my faith.
In such a low state of mind, I went to the pages of the Bible, knowing that it is the only place to go to for real help. I could not find any help for my shaking hand, but I did find something better to sustain me, to give support, to help, and to comfort.
Psalm 27:13-14 – I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (NKJV)
In God's Word, we have the answers for all the perplexing questions. Just a couple of verses, word by word, bounce blessings and healing. "The goodness of the Lord" is just such a help. I am one who is in the land of the living, so I must count, and I can be of good courage.
Basically, what I found was that since I was in such a place with my faith, it was a time to reconnect and reaffirm my real place in faith and trust in God. It was an opportunity to recover the pattern of teaching that claimed me into allegiance with Jesus Christ.
My arm still has tremors, but my heart is quiet before the Lord! My hand does not get things done the way it used to, but I treat it now as an invalid in my care.
I thank God that He has also treated me as an invalid in His care, reaching me in new ways, for my benefit, to look up to Him in time of need and deep trial, and to find in Jesus what I had been missing.
As we place our faith in the God Who so loved the world that He gave His only beloved Son to die the death we deserved, we shall overcome and find Jesus to be our caregiver, with His presence and power and healing. We make it through by the grace of God! Amen!
Let this day be the first day or the hundredth day of redemption from sin and doubt. Let this be the day of renewal and salvation!
Prayer: Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen! (1 Timothy 1:17 NIV)