This morning I wrote to a sister in the Lord whose husband is currently
laid-off. Unemployment is something my family knows a thing or two
about. We were without employment for over two years during the dot.com
crash that began around 2000.
I wrote to her about Father's hold on His children. (I encourage you to refresh your mind on His hold here.)
We have the knowledge that NOTHING catches Him off guard. I used to
tell myself during our unemployment season, "This is a season, not a
lifestyle!" over and over again. I knew the Lord had brought the trial
for shaping. Both Brian and I -- and even our children -- came through
transformed. It was well-purposed!
Some of Father's children are
in the throws of such molding --- and it is brutally uncomfortable to
our flesh! Some of Father's children are fighting thoughts of "what if
I am next?"
I can tell you that if you are "next" --- it will be
for your good. As difficult as it is to hear, it is the truth. You see,
once we bow the knee to Him -- we are off limits to the enemy unless
Father approves a trial for our shaping and transformation. That is His
promise of FATHERHOOD over our lives. We are no longer orphans
--fending for ourselves -- but we are under HIS covering, protection,
and provision. It is a wonderful place to rest once the flesh has been
subdued through the trial. Unemployment has
a way of driving home the core of complete reliance on Him like nothing
else! And once such a "learning" takes place, it is DEEPLY rooted in
the core of one's being.
I recall one morning -- early on in our
unemployment, the Lord spoke, "Isn't it interesting that you will
'trust' Me with your eternity, but you struggle to believe I will take
care of you in the 'now'." Ouch! Yes, that hurt when He said it. But it
was corrective truth! The irony is that many of His children are in
exactly this place. His desire is to bring the reality of our 'trust'
to the present such that it is no longer ethereal --- but walked out in
the physical -- right here, right now.
My prayer for you this
day is that if you are fighting worry or concern over such matters of
provision due to unemployment or fighting the raging battle in the mind
of "what ifs", bracing to be next.... that you take time to command the
flesh to be quiet as you meditate on the verse posted below that the
Father dropped into my spirit this morning.
I do believe this must be on His heart for His children today!
I have addressed unemployment this morning, but certainly He is far
reaching and no trial is without purpose or out of His reach! He does
not want us succumbing to the flesh's fears -- but rising above --
knowing HE is more than able to provide for His children and fulfill
His purposes in our lives!
"For I the Lord YOUR God hold your right hand;
I am the Lord who says to you,
'Fear not; I will help you!'"
Loving you and praying the FULL understanding of His Fatherhood upon you TODAY!
I am first and foremost a daughter of the Most High. He has blessed me
with three maturing children, ages 12 years old through 7 years old,
and a Christian husband who is my best friend. I spend my days home
schooling my children, tending the 'home front', exploring God's Word,
and lifting up my fellow sisters in Christ.
I have a tremendous appetite for the Lord's Word and a desire to know
Him to deep depths. As for my fellow sisters in the Lord, I have a
passion to see them walking out their destinies in Christ. In all
things, Give Him Praise!
You can visit Deborah at www.joyinthemorning.com.