Tuesday, July 30, 2013

When It Has to be God

“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:16-22)

We received several big pieces of discouraging news today related to both the possibility of being matched with the two boys and to the timing of being able to complete all the necessary adoption steps if we do get matched, before our paperwork expires next month.

It’s like the time that God significantly cut the numbers of Gideon’s army. So the Israelites couldn’t boast that they saved themselves by their own strength. (Judges 7)

And the time that Elijah poured large jars of water on the altar of Mount Carmel. And then cried out to God to prove himself by setting fire to the wood. So the people would know-without-a-doubt that the Lord was God. (1 Kings 18)

Today it feels like the size of our army has been cut and several large jars of water have saturated the altar of our adoption.

But in the midst of today’s discouraging news, God has encouraged our hearts that He is still in control. He used this news to remind us that we can’t put our trust in an advocate to accomplish what needs to happen with our adoption. We can’t put our trust in Charly’s persistence or hard work to bring it about. And we can’t even put our trust in how earnestly or how many people are praying for us.

God reminded us of the simple question that Sennacherib used to challenge Hezekiah: “What are you trusting in?” (Isaiah 36)

What are we trusting in?

It has become increasingly clear to us that it 100 % has to be God to accomplish the miracle we need to complete this adoption. Our trust must be in Him alone.

“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” (Psalm 44:3)

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

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