“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2 (NKJV)
Looking back over my life, I think of those times when I really needed help. They say hindsight is 20/20. I don’t know about you, but when I look back, often times, those moments when I needed to be rescued – they were because of my own unwise choices.
I’ll never forget one early morning, like many before, I attended morning devotional at my church. A small group of us meet to worship, pray and study. That morning our group read a scripture that I had heard many times before. This time, it illuminated in my heart, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NJKV)
At this particular time, I was dealing with a financial issue that I was trying to resolve. After having been forgiven once before, I again missed an important deadline with this particular creditor. In doing so, they issued a harsh penalty, and would not hear my reasons for missing the deadline. Many calls and attempts later, they finally agreed to offer me three months to pay off the penalty. The issue however, was that there just wasn’t enough resources to pay the debt and the penalty too. Over the next few weeks I would call back several times, speaking with different representatives to see if they would remove the penalty. The answer was, “No” each time.
It was now a few days before the three month expired, when we read the scripture in Lamentations. The Lord was literally speaking to my heart during this time of prayer, He challenged me by asking, “What are you going to do about this situation?” “Are you going to trust My Word or are you going to trust what you have heard from the representatives?” I chose to trust God! I couldn’t wait to get out of devotional that morning and call them back.
God values His Word above His own name. Psalms 138:2 reads, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.“
It does not matter what the doctor says, the landlord or the creditor. God can reverse any situation IF we believe in Him. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NJKV) The Lord is faithful when it comes to your protection and deliverance! We must get this word in our spirits and start believing it for ourselves. When this happens, we begin to act on God’s Word.
That morning after devotional I rushed to my car to call the creditor. I had made up my mind that I was going to trust God and His Word. When the representative answered, they asked what was the reason for my call? My simple answer was, “I need mercy.” She told me to hold. When she came back, she said my request has been granted, and that I would receive a letter in the mail stating the same.
A few days later the letter arrived. It said that my penalty had been abated because of the reasons I gave. I never gave a reason, I just asked for what God said He has already provided for me…mercy! We are not consumed, because of God’s mercies. We are not overtaken by our circumstances because our Keeper does not sleep.
God is full of mercy and compassion. When we dwell on God and His promises for our lives, He will deliver us. He did this for me, He can do it for you!
What are you facing today? Is there a mountain in your path? Are you hearing, “No”, when you desperately need to hear “Yes”? Your cup overflows with “new” mercies daily from God.
Take the first step toward receiving every promise God has for you.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 (NJKV)