The theme of Psalms 34 is this: God pays attention to those who call on Him. Whether God offers escape from trouble or help in times of trouble, we can be certain that He always hears and acts on behalf of those who love Him.
As we watch so much pain and anguish being felt by the people in Ukraine right now, it is heartbreaking. But I know the Lord hears their cry for help and the cries of those throughout the world who are praying for them. I do not know how or when He will help them, but I know He will. He moves in His time. We do not always know what His purposes and reasons are but we do know this – we can expect Him to act. He always does because He loves us and wants to meet our needs.
At 82, I have had several challenging things happen in my life, as I am sure many of you have. Sometimes I did not know if it was literally the end of me, but this I came to know – the Lord was with me through it all and will continue to be. Some of you may remember a personal example I’ve shared before of the way He moves. He prompted me to keep a record of it as it was happening to remind me of how He moves “in His time.”
I quote from my note on May 15, 2014 which says, ‘It seems as if I was hit with a light stroke last night. My left arm and left hand do not have the ‘control’ as normal. Very weak. My right arm and hand are normal, as well as the rest of my body.’ I went on to write, ‘I believe I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. He took this upon His body and gave me total healing and made me whole. I have His flesh, and His blood. I will walk in Him. He will restore all things to complete health and function.’
On May 16th, I wrote, ‘Having to re-train fingers to type. Must show them where the keys are.’
May 17th – ‘Hand, fingers, arm – better, but still have to be watched. Hand and arm ‘fall down’ if not focused on. Expecting total healing to manifest. I know I am already healed. Thank you Lord.’
Two days later, May 19th – ‘Better, Stronger. But the Lord is reminding me of how frail the flesh is. He is my Strength, He is my Flesh, He is my Plan, He is my Provider. All is well as I look to Him every day and throughout the day. He is my ‘Great Shepherd’ – I shall not want!’
Three days later, I awoke to a fantastic surprise. On May 22, I was completely healed. That day’s entry: ‘Healed and made whole! Full use of hand, and arm today!’ This was a miracle. I shall never forget it.
You see, I know that our Lord performs miracles. I have experienced it and am reminded of this and other life-threatening experiences He’s delivered me from that I plan to share with you one day. Those close to me know that some conditions I faced took years to resolve but they did and, against all odds, I’m gratefully still standing. Looking back, I didn’t always understand but see now how I was always in His protective hands as are all of His followers.
So, I do not know how or when the Lord will move in this horrible thing happening in Ukraine, or something that may be happening in your life, but I know He will.
Let us continue to pray and believe. He treasures us and will always take care of our needs. Let us trust that His way is perfect and will somehow work for good even as we wait in expectation of our deliverance.
Our Lord of Love has us in His hands. He lived and died and now lives to advocate for us.
Love you dearly.