The Reality of Our Circumstances

Lam 3:22-26
22  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.   KJV

In the midst of the current world situation, it is good to look at the reality of circumstances and remember a promise of the Lord such as this one.

What is the reality of our circumstances?

Reality must be defined from which perspective one wishes to consider it. In the natural, my current reality is that our income has been slashed in half. Add to that the word of the Lord to our hearts to move to a more costly part of the country, and nothing makes sense. Not only are we in a more costly region, we are in a high-poverty area of that region.

Jobs are scarce and factories are closing. People are frightened.

As I consider the natural from this light, it would be easy for me to become frightened also.

But, there is one aspect of our reality that sometimes gets overlooked as we reach for the panic button: “we are not consumed.”

Why? Because of the Lord’s mercies; because His compassions fail not.

Not only do His compassions not fail, they are new every morning.

That is a different reality, one that I would do well to make my constant view.

But when I look at my situation, it is easy to forget–ie, be unaware of the fact–that I made it through the night. I’m still here! I am not consumed. The world has not beat me. I’m ready to go again.

What is my portion? Is it a paycheck upon which I cannot depend?

NO!

The LORD is my portion!

He is good to me because I wait for Him. I seek Him; to know Him; to be more like Him.

Are you quietly waiting? Or, are your complaints, whinings, and fears screaming too loudly to hear His voice say: It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.(v. 26)

Yes, it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Predestined Purposes of God

Eph 1:11
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:      KJV

This verse is found in the middle of one of the most exciting passages in all of Scripture (Eph. 1:3-14). we are told all the things that God has done for us and are given the promises of what is to come. This entire section is worthy of meditation and memorization.

Many want to get hung up on the ‘predestinated’ aspect of the verse, and so miss out on the fulness of blessing that is here. Whether I was predestined to come to the Lord or not is inconsequential in the light of the fact that I AM HIS!!

One thing is certain: after coming to the Lord, there are many things He has in store for us. They are in His plan for us; His predestined purpose for us.

But none of His predestined purposes or promises are without provisions. If they were, then Paul’s prayer and exhortations following this exalted passage is meaningless.

What I see here in this verse is that God has worked on my behalf for me to fulfill His purpose. He has done this according to His wisdom, and not mine. I have obtained an inheritance in Christ, and now there is divine help to ensure that I get it.

Are there any guarantees? Nope. Heaven is the only guarantee from my belief in Jesus Christ. Everything else falls under the realm of reward.

Rewards are for those who earn them. (Remember the parable of the talents.) But, we do not have to be competitive, nor toil incessantly, nor any other kind of work that is a part of the curse.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way…