Tag: Act

We’ll Do It On Our Own

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

The prophet Isaiah said of Israel: “‘Woe to the rebellious children,’ says the Lord, ‘who take counsel but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin’” (Isaiah 30:1). The Hebrew word for woe here signifies a deep sorrow and grief over what God describes as rebellion, meaning backsliding, stubbornness, a turning away.

Simply put, God said, “My people no longer consult me. They don’t look to me for guidance and counsel. Instead, they lean on the arm of flesh and every time they act without seeking me, turning to the world for help, they pile sin upon sin. They have forsaken their trust in the strong arm of the Lord.”

Today, we think of rebellion as refusing to obey God’s Word and turning to drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality and other gross sins. But the rebellion God refers to here is far more grievous than these things. The Lord’s own people were saying, “Let’s not bother God with this; we have the wisdom and we’ll do it on our own.”

God’s people knew full well that they were to trust the Lord in every situation, no matter how insignificant. The Psalms constantly reminded them of this: “My soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge” (Psalm 57:1). “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice” (Psalm 63:7).

The Lord is grieved when you take steps to make your plans work without waiting for him to act. You really want to pray about everything and let God have control but too often when a crisis arises and things seem to be progressing slowly, you end up taking matters into your own hands. You may grow impatient with the Lord’s timetable but it is vital to remember that your own reasoning will not bring about God’s best plan. And the Word promises a place of refuge and rejoicing when you trust in him.

by David Wilkerson


Joy and Faith

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

I will joy in the God of my salvation —Habakkuk 3:18

The secret of joy is not to wait until you feel happy, but to rise, by an act of faith, out of the depression which is dragging you down and begin to praise God as an act of choice. This is the meaning of such passages as these: Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4). I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice (Philippians 1:18). Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (James 1:2). In all these cases there is an evident struggle with sadness and then the triumphs of faith and praise.

This is what is meant-at least in part-by the sacrifice of praise. A sacrifice is that which costs us something. And when a man or woman has some cherished grudge or wrong and is harboring it, nursing it, dwelling on it, and quite determined to enjoy a miserable time in selfish grumbling, it costs us no little sacrifice to throw off the morbid spell, to rise out of the mood of self-commiseration in wholesome and holy determination and say, I will rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:18); I will count it all joy (James 1:2).

by A.B. Simpson