Posts Tagged ‘He’ll Do it Again’

Remember: God can make a way

January 21, 2019

As I listened to the morning message at Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC this past Sunday, January 20, 2019, a number of thoughts came to mind as Bishop Charles Mellette reiterated the theme for the Ministry:

“This is the year of spiritual renewal and expecting God’s will to be done.”

He reminded the congregation that we are destined to win as he encouraged believers to focus on this reality: “God is making a way.” He went on to emphasize this Point of Power: “God will never be stranded. He always makes a way.” Among the scriptures shared was Isaiah 46:9 from the Amplified Bible:

“Remember [carefully] the former things [which I did] from ages past;
For I am God, and there is no one else;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,

One of the first blog posts of the New Year offered another reminder of who God is and what He says He will do, as we press toward the mark in 2019. Simply put, “God can make a way out of no way.” So says Isaiah 43:19 (AMP):

“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even put a road in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.

As we think about the countless times when God came through for His people in the midst of seemingly impossible situations, I recall this original, vernacular poem reminding us that “The Lord will make a way somehow”:

Hand upon the Plow

Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand 

to the plow and looks back [to the things behind

is fit for the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:62

“Keep your hand on the plow, hold on!”
–Black Spiritual

 

When life ain’t like it spose to be,
Right then and there it occurs to me
Folks been in fixes worse than me,
Right in the Bible where I see:

The Lord will make a way somehow.
Just keep your hand upon the plow.

Pharaoh said, “Kill each Hebrew boy,”
But Moses’ Ma was full of joy
Cause Pharaoh’s daughter raised her boy.
The Lord will make a way somehow.

The lions looked so lean and thin
When they threw Daniel in the den,
But Brother Daniel didn’t bend.
Just keep your hand upon the plow.

When Jesus died, God paid the cost
And at that time all seem like lost,
But God planned ahead for Pentecost.
The Lord will make a way somehow.

Paul and Silas didn’t rant and wail
When they threw both of them in jail.
They called on God, and He didn’t fail.
Just keep your hand upon the plow.

When troubles start upsetting you
Remember, there’s just one thing to do:
Look to God and He’ll see you through
What he did for them, He’ll do for you.

The Lord will make a way somehow.
Just keep your hand upon the plow.

The inspiring message reiterated this point: “God, Your will be done!” We simply say, “Yes to the will of God.” The day before hearing this soul-stirring sermon, I shared with a believer this anonymous poem that has come to mean so much to me:

The Will of God
Author: Unknown

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

We close with this reminder from Elevation Worship that in the same way God has made a way out of no way previously, He will “Do It Again”:

 

Nine for Twelve on 9-4-12

September 4, 2012

Isaiah 62 with its 12 verses comprises the theme for the New Year: “Twelve for Twelve in 2012.”

At the beginning of the New Year, I posted a blog in Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe based on my theme and scriptural focal point for 2012. In this case, I had selected Isaiah 62, a passage that most providentially contains twelve verses. In studying the chapter, I decided to write a series of poems, as I personalized each of the twelve verses, calling the collection “Twelve for Twelve for 2012.” Here is the link to the first installment, published in two parts, inspired by Isaiah 62:1: “One for Twelve”:

And so the series continues with the ninth installment “Nine for Twelve,” a personalized poetic rendering of Isaiah 62:9, posted on September 4, 2012 (9-4-12).  Here is the verse from the New Living Testament:

You raised the grain, and you will eat it,
    praising the Lord.
Within the courtyards of the Temple,
    you yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”

 Nine for Twelve

 Isaiah 62:9

Eat the bountiful harvest, for you raised the grain.

Go forth abounding in great peace, praising the Lord. 

What I did before, know that I will do again.    

I will renew your strength according to my Word. 

Know that I desire that your seed should remain, 

That you should endure and lay hold of your reward.    

Within the courts of the Temple, my dwelling place,   

You yourselves will enjoy the wine that you have pressed.   

I will reveal my love to all those who seek my face.        

Cast your care upon the Lord, do not be distressed. 

I delight to dwell with those in the secret place: 

Here you know that no greater love can be expressed.  

The references to “abounding in great peace,” and “Cast your care upon the Lord,” bring to mind the song “He is Our Peace,” so melodiously performed by the Maranatha Singers:                                             

The line “What I did before, know that I will do again” brings to mind the gospel song “He’ll do it again” sung by Shirley Caesar:

As I reflected upon this passage, I also happened to think about Psalm 27, my all-time favorite psalm that I committed to memory when I was in during my junior high school days back in the 1950s.  God promises to reveal His love “to all those who seek His face.”  The Psalmist declares “When You said, “Seek my face,” my heart said unto You, “Your face, Lord, will I seek.” Since first committing Psalm 27 to memory, my heart’s desire continues to be that of a “seeker of God’s heart,” so tenderly and powerfully expressed in this song by Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, and Steve Green:               

Psalm 27 continues to minister to me each time I recite it, as it did 11 years ago on September 11, 2001 when I incorporated the entire psalm into my prayer for America following the tragic events of that unforgettable day. Here is a version of Psalm 27 by Donnie McClurkin: