The King's Gardeners Ministries
Reverend S. L. Gardner
Spokane, Washington US
Seems everyday, the Lord has something beautiful to tell me about this mess of a life. I've been angry today. Angry because my wife has deserted us. Angry because we are of no importance to her now. Angry because time is slipping by and the kids have no mother. Angry because the devil has taken something so very precious to me. Angry, angry, angry.
Now here is the devotional that puts it into perspective. Excerpted from "Streams in the Desert".
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. Quick, get up, he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists. (Acts 12:7) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God.......... suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open and everyone's chains came loose.(Acts 16:25-26)
This is the way God works. In our darkest hour, He walks to us across the waves, just as an angel came to Peter's cell when the day of Peter's execution dawned. And when the scaffold was completed for Mordecai's execution, the king's sleeplessness ultimately led to this action favoring God's favored race. (Est. 6)
Dear soul, you may have to experience the very worst before you are delivered, but you will be delivered! God may keep you waiting, but He will always remember His promise and will appear in time to fulfill His sacred Word that cannot be broken. God has a simplicity about Him in working out His plans, and yet He possesses a resourcefulness equal to any difficulty. His faithfulness to His trusting children is unwavering and He is steadfast in holding to His purpose.
In Joseph's life, we see God work through a fellow prisoner, later through a dream, and finally through lifting Joseph from a prison to the position of governor. And the length of Joseph's prison stay gave him the strength and steadiness he needed as governor.
It is always safe to trust God's methods and to live by His clock. God in His providence has a thousand keys to open a thousand different doors in order to deliver His own, no matter how desperate the situation may have become.
May we be faithful to do our part, which is simply to suffer for Him, and to place Christ's part on Him and then leave it there. Difficulty is actually the atmosphere surrounding miracle, or a miracle in its initial stage. Yet if it is to be a great miracle, the surrounding condition will be not simply a difficulty but an utter impossibility. And it is the clinging hand of His child that makes a desperate situation a delight to God.
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