I was up a little late Friday night (for me). I was reading a chapter in “Storm Warning” by Billy Graham. As I continued to read I became frustrated. Not with the content, but with my lack of understanding. I wanted to understand what the Lord wanted me to see in His 7 letters to the churches in Revelation 2-3, and I was getting confused. I closed my book, asked the Lord to point me in a direction the next morning that would make His Word clear to me.
I have little doubt that the enemy tried to get me to walk away from that study (he really hates it when we study Revelation). But the Lord is always true, and He sent me to a Bible study that made His message in these letters clear. It wasn’t given to me on a platter; I spent the majority of the day in His Word. I attest that His Word is true: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)
Yesterday I realized that I had been tested. Did I truly want to understand God’s Word? Was I willing to stick to it? Was I willing to ask for wisdom? Was I willing to accept that wisdom? “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:2-5)
As I’m sitting down to write the post this morning, I realize that the Lord gave me a timely lesson this weekend. I’m starting a new job today–new relationships, new duties, new office culture. He needed me to understand that I need patience, peace and to seek His wisdom. He will see that I lack nothing for the work He has put before me. Thank you Jesus!