This morning I read Psalms 126:5-6 "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him."
During my period of panic and depression, I reached out to God. After crying out to Him, I joined a Bible study. As I waited for God to help me, I stayed in His Word. I requested prayer from my church's email prayer list. I shared how I believed God was helping me with my Bible study group. Even though I was still experiencing panic, I spoke out in faith (sowed the seed of faith) and a year later, I was experiencing days of unspeakable joy. That year I knelt before God with praise and a new ministry--facilitating Bible studies at my church. My point is not to boast about what I did but to boast about how faithful God is to His Word and to His children. I sowed in tears, but one day my season of weeping changed to a season of joy I could never have imagined. You may be in a weeping season right now, but don't just weep--carry seeds of faith with you and sow them when given the opportunity. I used to say, "I still have panic attacks, but I know God has a plan for me; a plan to prosper me and not to harm me; a plan of hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
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God is able to take care of our needs.
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." Jeremiah 32:17
"All things are possible with God." Mark 10:27
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:16
The Bible tells us to offer up prayers in faith. (James 5:15) We can depend on God to help us and heal us. Sometimes His help and healing comes in a different manner than we desire or His timetable is different from our own, but His help and healing does come. I have had many prayers answered within a week, I have had many prayers answered after many months, and I still have prayers that are going to be answered. I have learned that God is all-wise and a loving, faithful Father who knows what we need and exactly when we need it. Our job is to pray and to live by faith that what we have prayed for we will receive--or we will receive something better. This is the faith that pleases God.
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) Continue seeking God while you wait for His answer.