Faithfulness in Discouraging Times By: Steve Wiseman

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“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the later days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto His voice; (Deuteronomy 4:29-30)
This message from Deuteronomy is directed towards the Jews, but holds a message for the rest of those who would seek God as well, and especially those who are living through the last days. In context, this passage holds out hope to those Jews who might find themselves scattered among the nations, serving other gods, and missing out on God’s blessings for obedience. “Even in the later days” is this offer of restoration offered to God’s chosen people
(and there will be a remnant saved according to Isaiah 10:22. God is waiting for those who would seek Him with all their heart and soul.
Let this passage, however, be an encouragement for you – the faithful – to continue in sharing your faith with others. As the days grow darker, and human behaviour becomes increasingly vile, there is still the hope that “souls” can be saved. God waits with open arms to the very last moment. Pray for those who need to turn to Him, and do not give up hope for their sakes. Lastly, we can take comfort that God has a plan, He is in charge and He has thought of everything. Father, help me to remain faithful in sharing Your love and forgiveness no matter the discouragement I face. Speak through me, and draw me to Yourself by Your kindness. Amen.
Nehemiah 9:17b: “But You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness: and You did not forsake them.”

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