Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wilderness WIth God

















For the last few weeks I have been working my way through 1 Samuel 15-31, watching Saul chase David in the wilderness. With each encounter David sought God's direction while Saul went about doing things his own way. No matter how bad things were, God never left or abandoned David. He was with him every step of the way.

Many of us are in our own wilderness, now. Some are experiencing devastating disease, some family crisis, others financial crisis. The list goes on and on and does not seem to end. We must cling to GOD like never before and patiently wait on HIS lead in each situation. Clinging, no problem for me. Patience, well that is another matter all together. Clearly, I, with most of you, am still a work in progress. Oh, how I long to be a woman after God's own heart. Each of us must examine our own hearts. Will we be found to be a David or a Saul?

With many things on my heart during this study, God gave me a prayer:

Father, please be with all my friends, their families, and my family, immediate and extended....those I know and those I don't know....those who love me and those who don't. Bless each of them and draw each one of them into your good and perfect will. Do whatever it takes to for them to surrender to your good and perfect will. Please do not allow me to be a hindrance to their faith and please forgive me if I have caused harm to anyone in any way. Father, please mold each of us into the people you created us to be. Let us be men and women, like David, with hearts for God and God alone!

By HIS mercy and in the grip of HIS grace,

Andrea

16 comments:

Divine Mrs D said...

This is very beautiful. I am not very patient and I feel like I am more Saul but without doing anything. I am trying to understand what it means to do little things for the Lord and not big things. I think, in the end, my life will be the little things and I need to have patience, peace and grace with that.

Blessings to you and your family.

Wanda's Wings said...

I have had such a hard time recently. I know I need to trust Him more. I guess I afraid to really let go and let God, but He is working on me. This post was what I need to hear. Bless you.

Southern Lady said...

What a beautiful prayer, Andrea. I always enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing. Carla

Finally Free said...

(((Andrea))) Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post and prayer. Right there in the wilderness with you. :)

Blessings,
Tammy

RCUBEs said...

What a very timely post as I, too, am going through a difficult time at my workplace against those in power. I love the story about David because whether he was doing great things and even when he sinned, it was evident that he always chose to seek God.

I prayed your prayer with you. And what a beautiful reminder, too that that's what we must do...is to pray at all times. Without ceasing (Paul said)...

Praying for you sister as I drop by and to let you know how much you are loved as a SISTER and a friend. God bless and protect you and your family.

He & Me + 3 said...

That is an awesome and beautiful prayer.
Hugs,
Mimi

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

As always honey I am so glad I stopped by here today.
You always lift me and remind me of how much God loves me.
Love ya
Maggie

Jeanette Levellie said...

Yes, clinging is easier than waiting. We like to KNOW ahead of time how God is going to fix every little thing, but if we did, we'd not be exercising faith, whould we?

Thanks for the lovely prayer,
Jen

vanilla said...

Amen.

Saleslady371 said...

Praying with you for a heart like David for us and our families. Such a great message here.

Terri Tiffany said...

I always experience a sense of peace when I come here. Blessings to you!:)

Rita said...

Andrea, what a wonderful and thought provoking post. I too want to be like David and not like Saul. I don't want to go my own way, but the way my Father has for me. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Nancy said...

What a beautiful prayer. I pray that along with you.

quietspirit said...

Andrea:
It seems that all I do requires prayer beforehand. And even then things don't always go as I want.
People can be an altering factor. God has to deal with them, I can't.
After Easter,I could be walking a path that may get tougher as time goes on.

KathyB. said...

Oh so true and what a wonderful prayer for me to cry out ! I love reading the Old Testament , especially all God allowed David to go through and how even when David failed God called him a "man after His own heart". Yes, I want to be a woman after His own heart, even when I am weary and worried, fretful and fearful. A post after my own heart, thank-you.

Just Be Real said...

Experiencing the wilderness full fold now Andrea. Thank you for sharing such a lovely prayer. Blessings.