"Say to them of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not;
behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a
recompense; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the
blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of
the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out,
and streams in the desert." Isaiah 35:4,5,6.
Among the many things that the Lord is speaking to us in
our Chapel services, and in our times of prayer, is to "stir
up your remembrance" for there is PURPOSE, REASON, RESULT,
and REWARD for persevering in the faith. God is not only encouraging
us to go on, but also more than that, to excel and go forward
in renewed vision and understanding of the reality of His
claim upon our lives.
There is a purpose for each of the trials which the Lord
has placed in our lives. There is a reason for pressing "toward
the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus" Phil 3:14. We have yet to see the full result.
"But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him" 1 Cor 2:9.
There is a reward for overcoming in the circumstances of our
lives in order to go on toward the goal - for there is a goal,
though at times it may seem to be dim, or nonexistent. The
time will come to pass that the "eyes of the blind shall
be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped"
and we will discover the truth and power of His Word. He is
a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him!
We have a small example of this at Pinecrest. Spring is officially
here and yet it is snowing. None of the beautiful flowers
planted around the campus are blooming, but it is spring.
The physical manifestation of Spring is yet to come in its
fullness. However, God is gracious in giving us a beautiful
reminder - the birds are singing.
As the Lord is saying to us here at Pinecrest, He would also
say to you ...There is a reason to keep on washing pots, mopping
floor, going to Chapel, spending time in prayer, and studying
His Word. Through the everyday activities of our lives, God
is at work bringing each one of us into the fullness of His
He will reward you, causing waters to break out in your wilderness
and streams to flow in your desert.