Assigned Reading: Psalms 43-45; Genesis 19-21
Chapter 43: “Lord, we need You to rescue us!” Things can seem so difficult and dark. Where will we turn? We are reminded that God can rescue us and our need to praise Him. There is a verse in this passage that always hits home –
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (vv. 5).
Chapter 44: God has a legacy. He has delivered our ancestors. He has delivered many others before we were even conceived in our mother’s womb. His love is unfailing, and the reason for His action. Our trust is in Him, because He is where we find our victory. When we are disgraced by the enemy, God is still the same One He has always been. We need to remember that, when we are going through a rough time. God is always the same, and will rescue His people.
I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever (vv. 6-8).
Chapter 45: God’s Kingdom is forever, and the One that sets our hearts on fire. Our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, is coming and will rule over all the nations. Let’s allow the joy and presence of the Lord to infiltrate our being, and enter into every area of our lives. God is our Bridegroom, setting out to take care of us, His people, and will come back for His Church!
Lot’s Escape (Gen. 19:14-15)
Lot was urged to leave the town with his wife and two daughters. Slowly you see the family disintegrate due to lack of trust in God. His daughter’s fiancés didn’t believe Lot. Lot’s wife disobeyed God and looked back – turning into a pillar of salt. God’s commands are serious. God wanted to protect them. But, they wouldn’t listen.
Lot’s Daughters (Gen. 19:30-32)
You can see his daughters’ desperation, which many of today’s single (or childless) women face. It simply manifests itself in a different way. We can easily lose sight of our calling and purpose in Christ, when our fleshly desires try to overtake us. When we look at the struggle, rather than look to God.
Abraham and Sarah
Abraham faced his own desperation repeatedly, when moving to a new town. He feared what the people would do, when they found out Sarah was actually his wife. A mess of things occur when we choose our own desperation over trusting God.
Our fear can take the place of our faith, which is why fear and carrying concerns on our own is such a dangerous thing. Our hope is in God. With Jesus Christ, we have an Advocate who wants to be our everything and to help us. He wants to lighten our load, and carry our burdens.
When we give our burdens to the Lord, we are blessed immensely and see how God will provide. God provided Isaac to Abraham and Sarah – their son.