May 5, 2017

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) — 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

I want to comment on that last phrase “to help us when we need it most.” That phrase means “in the nick of time.” Or at the exact time that we need grace and mercy God promises to give it to us. Of course our exact time and God’s exact time will differ.

Daniel’s three friends were given grace and mercy as they were being thrown into the fiery furnace. It was God’s way perhaps of testing their faith. Daniel had to be thrown into the den of lions. Peter had to be put into jail in Acts 12. But grace and mercy was always extended at just the right time. God promises this and we must believe it. Our faith will be tested to see if we really believe. Jesus had to go to the cross trusting the Father and the Holy Spirit. God the Father in his grace and mercy raised him from the dead. Grace and mercy doesn’t mean that we will not go through hard times. It means that God will see us through those hard times.

Psalm 33:19 (NLT) — 19 He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

Psalm 37:19 (NLT) — 19 They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.

In the summer of 1979 Cleo and I believed that God was calling us to go to Bible school at Bethany College of Missions. We applied to the school but we were rejected because they said that they didn’t have room for a couple with a child. At that time Jeremy was 2 years old. Also at that time I was meeting with about 20 guys every Saturday night for prayer. The consensus was that I should reapply. We all seemed to think that God would somehow open the door.

We reapplied in July and the school was to start the first week in September. We knew it could be a month before we would hear from the school so we felt we better make preparations to go. I resigned from my foreman’s position at the sugar plant in Wahpeton. We had a garage sale. What didn’t sell we put in storage and we made arrangements to rent out our home. The people were to move in the first week in September.

July went by and we didn’t hear anything but we knew in our hearts that God wanted us to go. Finally after the second week in August went by we got a letter in the mail from the school and they said that if the three of us could live in one room and share a bathroom across the hall with another couple with two children, we could come to school.

God came through in the nick of time just as he promised in our memory verse. And because we had made all the arrangements we were ready to go. God keeps his promises.

I hope this inspires you to keep trusting Jesus. Perhaps you have been waiting on his grace and mercy and you haven’t seen it happen yet. Be patient God’s time and your time are a bit different.

2 Corinthians 1:20–22 (NLT) — 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

Be Inspired Hilltop!