by One Blue Horse
I touched on this thought a couple of times of reminding God of His Promise to us and I want to enlarge a little on it. There are many scriptures that show us where God wants us to be persistent in our prayers and asking Him for our needs. The story in the first book of the Bible about Jacob being given a promise by God to return to his homeland is an example. In Genesis 32:9-12 (MSG) Jacob ends with the reminder to God: “You yourself said, ‘I will treat you well; I’ll make your descendants like the sands of the sea, far too many to count.”
Then we see a direct word from God in Isaiah for the watchmen to not be silent and “give Him no rest:” 6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, 7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.“(Isaiah 62:6-7) NIV
(Excerpt from Ron Cantor of Messiah’s Mandate)
“The Hebrew would be better translated “they will never be silent day or night, those who REMIND the Lord.” The word that the NIV translates as “call” is “Mazkir” which means to remind. And in this case, just like with Jacob, Jerusalem is not living up to her calling, which is to be a “praise in the earth.” Jerusalem has an anointing, a calling to bring blessing to the world. But presently she is the source of great controversy. She is not the City of Peace or “praise in all the earth” and, in the natural, it doesn’t look like it will come to pass any time soon.
So, believers from around the world serve as “watchmen on the walls” and the Lord says to these watchmen:
- Remind me of my promise to Jerusalem.
- Give me no rest until I do it.
Okay, that is Jerusalem…but let’s return to the personal—to Jacob’s experience. Jacob was being tested. God was sending him in a very scary direction. In the natural, it was a direction that could bankrupt him in every way. His wives could be abused. His children could be enslaved. So in this insecurity, he reminds Yahweh— “You told me to do this and it would end up good, so I am trusting you.” And in so doing, Jacob’s faith is strengthen. In the end, Esau greets Jacob as a brother, not an enemy. The Lord gives Jacob great favor with his brother.
So, what are you facing today? Is the Lord leading you into uncharted territory? Is it scary? Remind the Lord of what He promises—both His personal prophetic word to your heart and the plethora of promises in His word.”
I would ask you the same question as Ron …what are you facing today? God will lead us all into uncharted territory from time to time … for our own good. It may be small things like the long lines in the grocery store at this time of year, heavy traffic where it seems no one knows how to drive … or deeper more critical things like health, problems with loved ones or family, job insecurity, fear of the unrest in the world … the list goes on and God has a purpose for the trials and the bigger part is to learn to trust Him and learn of His Goodness toward us.
I am going to let you have fun and joy over Christmas with friends and family but next week I am going to start a study on being a prisoner of hope. We all wish we could step over the line into 2017 and all of the trials and problems would stay behind us in 2016 and all of God’s promises would drop into our outstretched hands … and I believe that is going to happen but we still may have some time, God’s timing where we will still be waiting. We are getting a lot of good prophetic word about what God is going to do for us in 2017 and there is nothing wrong with having that hope because God does have good plans for all of us and He does speak through His prophets to us … but we must still have our time of waiting on God’s timing. And that is where being a prisoner of HOPE in God comes into it.
Zechariah 9:12 (NIV) 12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
So I’m going to open up that thought next week so you will see it is really a good thing to be a prisoner of hope in God! We do have great HOPE in our God and He will never let us slip our of His hand! Merry Christmas my friends, stand on the promise God has given you knowing He will never fail you!