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on November 13, 2012

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I Will Sing No Matter What

November 13, 2012

This week’s key Scripture Verse:  Genesis 47:27 “Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.”

Take a moment and pray that the Lord will speak to you in this time of study.

Devotional written by Samantha Ewing

Devotional written by Samantha Ewing

I am not a stranger to disappointment. Truly, none of us are.  We are human and the Lord Jesus Himself promised that life would be struggle-filled.  “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 We are given a promise of perfection in Heaven.  So, while we wait for that glorious home-going, we must trust that the Lord will use all our discomfort for His amazing purpose and goodness.

In recent years, my husband and I have seen Egypt.  We have faced the pains of unemployment, loss of a parent, trial and illness, and through it all we sought Goshen.  We knew in our hearts that the Lord was with us through the journey to grow us deeper in Him, together.  We look back with joy and thanksgiving.  And honestly, in the midst of the trial, we were joyful.  We were Whos.  We were able to sing praise to the Lord.  We were able to lift our hearts and voices to the Lord in thanksgiving.  His presence was abundant and enough. “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” Psalm 16:11

We rest in Goshen.  Things may not be exactly the way our flesh-filled hearts desire.  But, we are living in the Father’s will.  He is in us and upon us and feeding us manna daily.  “Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the desert when I brought you out of Egypt.’” Exodus 16:32

We rely on His perfect peace and amazing grace.

It’s not easy. It’s not easy as a human, fallen and broken and jaded. But when we accept that we are not residents of this world, but of Heaven, the trial is bearable and strengthening.  He is, as I said, perfectly abundant. He is enough.

My heart grieves for those who try to rest in Egypt — those who have not yet put their complete trust in the Lord.  He is mighty to save and heal us when we hurt.  He provides His strength and courage to move us out of Egypt into Goshen. His heart’s desire is that we would draw near to Him, that we would take up residence in His lap.  He wants us to give all of our weakness to Him. He will comfort us.

That first step to fully trusting can be terrifying.  We doubt. “‘Peace be with you!’ ‘Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put in into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’” (John 20:27) We are programed to be utterly self-reliant.  We live in a quick-fix, feel-good society.  When we lay our troubles and pain at the foot of the Cross, they don’t immediately vanish.  The trial may linger, but when we give it to the Lord, truly letting go, He covers it.  He gives us wings to soar in His grace.

The Lord is enough. Abundantly enough.  He desires our praise and thanksgiving.  He desires that we live a life of gratitude, even when we are being painfully refined.  When we can’t bear Egypt any longer, we must live in complete gratitude.  We must trust that His goodness will sustain us and make us a new creation in Him.  We must follow Him.  He will guide our every step. He loves us and has given us a “...spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy1:7b) Take heart, beloved, you are loved abundantly.

Dwell in Him, draw near to Him, trust Him. Live in Goshen.

Samantha Ewing – KPC Member



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