September 14, 2011

The Three R's

What DO YOU DO when life suddenly becomes engulfed by the circumstances that you find yourself in?  There are three things that I have learned that I would like to share with you.  I call them “The Three R’s”.  They are:

1. Remembering
2. Returning, and
3. Relationship

Remembering what God has done

When facing difficult situations we need to remember what God has done. 

a. Personally

Deuteronomy 8:2 (ESV)  And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years...

b. We need to remind ourselves also of God’s character and His faithfulness to all generations.

c. We need to remind ourselves not only of what God has done, what He is doing but what He will be doing.  When King David was being persecuted, he began to praise and meditate on God’s deeds and in that meditating he began to ponder all the works of God.  In this remembering David then became “forward thinking” encouraging himself in God’s eternal faithfulness.

Psalm 77:11,12 (ESV) I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  I will ponder all your work,and meditate on your mighty deeds

Memorials play an important role in biblical history and Joshua 4 brings out some very important points in how powerful tangible reminders of God’s faithfulness can be.  

During painful seasons of life what tangible steps can you take to keep the character and faithfulness of God fresh in your mind?  I write on stones.  

Returning or going back

Notice in verse 4 of Joshua 4 the following:

Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; (5) and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel.”

These men had already crossed to the other side but now they have to go back to where the priest was standing in the middle of the river.

1. Sometimes our going forward involves a going back first.  This was definitely the case with Elijah in 1 Kings 9:15…”The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came..”   (A more in-depth study of Elijah is found in my book, Soul Care, God’s Way)

2. Returning also involves sitting down before Him with all of our concerns and cares.  This is seen in Hosea 14:2 

“Take with you words and return to the LORD.”  

As we do this we find our focus shifts from seeking experiences to actually seeking Him.  In this type of “returning” we learn how to wait on Him.  Isaiah 30:18 implies that God is waiting for us.  He wants to be gracious to us, He wants to show mercy to us.


In the remembering we rediscover God’s faithfulness.

In the returning we find a renewed relationship with Him.  As we meet with Him, bible  open upon our knees, THAT is where God will speak to you.  

Relationship is communication:  Him to us and us to Him.  

Circumstances may be the things that drive us back to God but it is His word that will keep us.

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