God’s Ways, My Stronghold
“…Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
We have seen how God is holding us in this season – it is beautiful, filled with glory and His provision is abundant. It is a time where we experience His love in its fullness. In this season, God is also fighting for us, mightily. He has stretched out His hand against our enemy. We will see God destroy nations before us, bring down people who seek to stand in our way, destroy systems that seek to stifle us but we should not be afraid – He has drawn us to His side. In Him we will find refuge, the judgment will not destroy us; it is only here to clear the way.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. Psalm 91:8 (NIV)
God is here to fulfill His unchanging word – to set us up on heights and to destroy the enemy He has allowed us to defeat. His arms will keep us safe.
Mountains are shaking around us, resounding at the sound of the presence of God. They are being cast at sea, for God has spoken defeat on every mountain that has long risen against us. Yet, His arm holds us, keeping us safe from all this because His plans about us are being put into effect.
What does God expect from us?
We must keep Him as our stronghold.
As God ushered us into our promised land, He fed us with things we knew nothing about. He gave to us in ways we did not expect; even the magnitude of His giving to us was more than what we had expected from Him. He has been faithful. He has used things around us but God wants us to not keep our eyes on the things, people and ways He has given to us. This will only stifle us. God has so much for us but if we allow methods to be our stronghold, to be what we put our trust in then we will not see His provision – not because He is punishing us but because we have put a limit on Him and are struggling to look to where He is pointing us to.
God has a way and His way always involves us looking to Him for help. Asking Him when we do not see a way; asking Him even when we have an idea of what is going on. He might surprise you, how you think He wants to provide for you may not be how He wants to. We need to stay at His feet, fixated on Him and following His ways instead of His deeds.
He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel. Psalm 103:7 (NIV)
Among many things Moses was, He also served as a prophet of the Lord because the people of Israel could only access God and what He wanted to say or do through Him. This is why God revealed how He works through Moses yet the Israelites got to only see His works – His miracles. Today we can all go to God’s throne and receive from God. There is no excuse for only focusing on His works but He wants to reveal the way He works to us too so we must not allow miracles to be our stronghold but let God be.
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves. 2 Kings 4:1-7 (NIV)
When the widow’s husband had died – a man who had always taken care of her and her children – she lost a stronghold, a means of provision by God. God is His faithfulness still provided for her a different way. This is what happens when our eyes are on God.
God is my stronghold, not the things He does for me. His deeds could be the people He uses to provide for me; His ways are His heart of provision for me. This will help us in moments of unknowing, when all else fades, we will still be left saying, “God is great! Even though the people I trust fail me, God is constant and He will do what He has promised.”
Do not lower your expectation
“When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”But he replied, “There Is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 2 Kings 4:6 (NIV)
God met the widow’s needs – she lacked nothing. She needed a way to pay the debtor and save her sons but her stronghold – the husband has died. God did not give her money or make a way for her to hide her sons from slavery but instead used the little oil that she had to multiply to fill up jars to as much as she had capacity to contain it. She traded with it and received more than she could contain. God does not fail. We need to obey His ways and not what we know to work.
Our expectations must be towards God and not what we are humanly possible to achieve, He will surprise us. Let faith be the capacity of our expectation. God is faithful and kind, all He wants is faith as small as a mustard seed. It is our expectation that allows us to see the faithfulness of God who cannot fail. All the widow brought before God, God filled. God is able to do all this.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
Put in the work
When God does a work in and for you, you need to put in the work – play your part. What God does for us is by His supernatural power, but He needs us to play our part in our natural strength. We work the soil, He will send the rain. That way we will never lack.
The widow and her sons also put in the work. They did the filling of the jars with oil, God kept the oil flowing. With each jar filled, they had to move it aside to make room for another jar so God could continue with the outpouring.
God is asking, “Is this all you ask?”
Is this all we are trusting God for? He wants to pour out things to and for us. God has blessings for us, blessings we cannot contain. Ask of God and hold nothing back.
God bless you!