Streams in the Desert
– L. B. Cowman
– From the entry for October 23rd. Emphasis mine.
Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave.
(I Kings 8:56)
Someday we will understand that God has a reason behind every ‘no’ He gives us through the course of our lives. Yet even in this life, He always makes it up to us. When God’s people are worried and concerned that their prayers are not being answered, how often we have seen Him working to answer them in a far greater way! Occasionally we catch a glimpse of this, but the complete revelation of it will not be seen until later.
If only we had the faith not to rush into things but to “be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7). . . When has God ever taken anything from a person without restoring it many times over? Yet what are we to think if He does not immediately restore what has been taken? Is today His only day to work?
Even if we confine our thinking to this life, it is true that God never touches the heart with a trial without intending to bestow a greater gift or compassionate blessing. The person who knows how to wait has grown to an exceptional degree in God’s grace.
Today’s Streams in the Desert entry was such a gift from God. For THIS reminder to be the devotion for today, of all days just absolutely floors me.
Thank you, Jesus.