11. Hope in God’s Mercy

lynnPsalm 147

God showed mercy to Joseph when his brothers sold him into slavery. Potiphar, an Egyptian officer, bought him. “The LORD was with Joseph,” and he made him prosper in His master’s sight. “Joseph found grace in his sight.” Potiphar made him overseer over all he had. When Joseph refused to sin with his master’s wife, she lied against him. Potiphar believed his wife, and “his wrath was kindled.” He put Joseph in prison.

Even in prison God was with Joseph. “The LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy.” He “gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” This man committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners.

Later, Joseph is brought before Pharaoh. Pharaoh, king of Egypt, dreamed two troubling dreams. He told his dreams to Joseph. He interpreted these dreams which had the same meaning. In them God told Pharaoh seven years of plenty would come. They would be followed by seven years of famine. God gave Joseph wisdom, not only to interpret the dreams, but to advise Pharaoh what to do. This pleased Pharaoh, and God extended mercy to Joseph through him. He set Joseph over all his land. Not only was Joseph released from prison, but he became a ruler. (See Genesis 39-41 for the full story.)

God showed mercy to me, too. Growing up, I was a shy, bashful kid. It appeared that I would not amount to much. I feel so unworthy of God’s mercies toward me.

When in the seventh or eighth grade, I heard that Jesus died for sinners and rose again from the dead. It must be true, I reasoned, because it comes from the Bible. I believed it in my head and thought of myself as a Christian. However, I did not know what a true Christian was.

Years later, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. “Repent. Lynn, you are a sinner. Christ died for your sins. He arose from the dead that you might live. Repent.”

Then I fell upon my knees by my bed, and Jesus came to live in me. When I arose, peace like a river flooded my heart. Though unworthy, He made me His child.

My life has not been perfect since, but His mercy does not leave me. He promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). His mercy to us unworthy creatures is everlasting.

Much time passed. In my mid-thirties He called me to the Navajo mission field. Leon Wallace came to the same place where I was. We prayed and believed that the Lord wanted us to serve Him together. We married. God gave us a daughter who presently studies law and manages a business.

Sixteen years later on June 22, 1987, God called my beloved husband home. What will I do now? I pondered. In about a week I visited a church where the pastor preached about writing. He described my shanty that he had never seen. I knew the Lord was speaking to me. Since that time I’ve been writing.

In 2008 Ambassador International published my first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. Now I am seeking opportunities to speak. In myself I am not worthy; God gives me grace and mercy to help me. Butterflies flutter in my stomach as I plan to do power point, a new thing for me. By His grace and mercy I can do it. I cannot give up.

God delights in mercy. He takes pleasure in all who fear Him and hope in His mercy. Have you placed your trust and hope in Him? In Hebrews 6:19 the Lord says this is a “sure hope.”

My book, Our Lifeship, is available from Lynn’s website: http://www.writingfrommyheart.com. Watch for changes to this site from time to time.

1. Hope in God

lynnPsalm 16

Psalm 16:9

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

In June 1953 Lynn placed her hope in God. At that time the Holy Spirit spoke to her, “Repent, repent. Lynn, you are a sinner. Christ died for your sins. He rose again that you might live.” She knelt by my bed and Jesus Christ came into her heart and life. He gives her hope, peace and joy.

He gave Lynn His righteousness. In myself Lynn was unworthy of the least of His mercies. Any goodness in her is what the Lord placed in Lynn. He gave her the gift of salvation. This took away her sin and gave her His righteousness. This gives Lynn hope.

 

This does not mean He took away her sin nature. However, He gave her a new nature. This causes an inward conflict. Which one wins? It’s like Lynn has two dogs. The one wins to whom she says “sickem”. Lynn wants the new nature to win, but Satan tempts her and sometimes the old nature wins that battle. When she confesses that sin, God forgives her, and makes her clean inside. This fills Lynn with hope.

The Lord is her portion. In other words He made Lynn His heir. She does not know nor understand of what all this inheritance consists, but He promises it is “incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). When she passes from this present life, she will receive it. Oh, what hope, and what joy!

The Lord gives her counsel. With it He gives Lynn a choice. She can choose to follow His counsel from His Word, or ignore it. He blesses her when she is teachable and obeys His will. This gives her hope.

The Lord always goes before Lynn. He promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). When she has troubles, He knows all about them. He faced problems, as she does, when He walked upon this earth. Because He has been there, He understands all Lynn’s ups and downs. She is so glad He’s there and helps her go through trials. Hope comes into her soul when she knows He is with her.

At times in my life, my emotions went out of control. I wept and could not restrain myself from weeping. I lost a loved one and could not weep. Since that time, God has helped me greatly. Now my heart is fixed. It is like when I alter a garment. Now it fits me. When my heart is fixed, I am not torn up emotionally. God has given me stability. When this happens in my life, it gives me great hope.

David wrote this psalm. It looked forward to Christ’s coming in the flesh. They laid His body in the grave, but it did not see corruption (Psalm 16:11; Acts 2:25-28). After His resurrection, His heart filled with joy. Many shall turn to Him as Saviour and Lord before He returns in glory. This was the “joy set before Him” (Heb. 12:2).

In conclusion God showed Lynn the path of life. In His presence there is fullness of joy. In Heaven pleasures await her forevermore. This is her sure hope. All who come to Him in faith become His children. He gives them hope. He wants you to enjoy this hope.

Lynn and Leon, her beloved husband, served as missionaries to the Navajo Indian for several years. After God took her honey to Heaven, He called her to write for Him. Many of her articles found publication, and two Sunday School curriculum packages. Ambassador International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. She tells more about her hope at www.writingfrommyheart.com.

9. Calm in Trials

9. Calm in God’s Pavilion 

“For months Ellen’s body wracked with pain,” her husband, said. She lay helpless from two compressed disks in her back. He winced as he helped her with simple needs like personal hygiene and eating.

Ellen had said, “My hobby is helping others.” For months she lay unable to help even herself. Riveting pain often interrupted her sleep. In those long pain-filled hours she turned her thoughts to the Lord.

After many months flat on her back, Ellen rejoiced to be able to attend church again. “I’m thankful,” she testified. “When I can’t sleep at night, it gives me more time to pray.”

After she became a widow, she moved to a nursing home, debilitated and in a wheel chair. “How are you?” she asked residents, wheeling toward them. “Jesus is with you.”

How did Ellen think of others when she faced such great needs of her own? She testified, “I have known the Lord about forty years, and I still have much to learn. I place my full dependence upon Him.”

Ellen displayed contentment. Her heart seemed to be somewhere other than the nursing home. Perhaps she found a secret hiding place—a place of renewal.

Psalm 27:5 promises, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion” (KJV). The essence of prayer is entering into God’s pavilion. Ellen entered and knew how to remain there, especially during adversity. Now she resides in Heaven.

Do we complain when swallowed up by pain? When troubles come do we still have a thankful heart? Do we pray in the face of unwanted circumstances that threaten to consume us? Prayer is responding to God’s invitation to enter into His pavilion, where He hides us under His safe covering. Like Ellen, we can depend on Him and live with a heart full of joy.

Dear Lord, help me to remain thankful when I suffer pain. Equip me to endure troubles. Give me, like Ellen, the habit of helping others. In times of trouble, hide me in Thy pavilion. Thank you, Father, for the safe, tranquil place of prayer where Thou embracest and careth for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is a reprint article by Lynn Wallace, © 1960. It went online in November 1960 on Prayer Support for Women. This does not appear to still be online.

Bio: Ambassador-Emerald International published Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. Periodicals published about eighty of her articles and fillers. Accent Publications published two of her curriculum packages. Leon, her late husband, and she served on the Navajo field several years.She plays the piano for Canyon View Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado. She enjoys jeeping, reading, and artwork. writeheart@montrose.net. www.writingfrommyheart.com (Our Lifeship available from PayPal.)

8. Calm from the Saviour

8. Calm from my Saviour

“I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 3:10-11, KJV).

We moved back to Colorado. Our house lacked plumbing. We had running water. You went outside and primed the pump to get it. We heated water on the wood stove. We put pots under the beds which spared us from running out to the outhouse in the dark of night.

Dad, a mechanical engineer, built the farmhouse back in 1936. He said, “I’m going to build a nice house on the other side of Spring Creek. It’ll have electric lights and a toilet that flushes.”

His words made me jump up and down. As a little child, I watched Dad lay the foundation. I handed him nails while he put up the support posts. Though a small child at the time, I can still visualize those 2×4’s.

After what seemed like a long time, Dad finished building our “palace.” I turned on the hot water faucet and blinked as the hot water poured out. I pushed on the toilet fixture and jumped with delight when it flushed. I flicked the light switch and the light came on.

At first Mom cooked on a wood burning stove. Some delicious meals came from that stove. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Our farmhouse withstood the test of time; it still stands after 70 plus years. How about our building—the Christian life?

The Rock, Jesus Christ, laid a firm foundation for this building. When we plant our feet firmly on Him, the winds of doubt will not sweep away our building.

God says, “Let every man take heed how he buildeth” upon this foundation (1 Cor. 3:9). If we build wisely, we will lay up gold, silver and precious stones. This pleases God and we will reap a reward.

If we build unwisely, we will lay up wood, hay and stubble. Our building will burn up; only our souls will be spared. God says, “We will be saved so as by fire” in such a case.

How are we building our lifeship upon the foundation, Jesus Christ? Do we construct it with wood, hay and stubble? Or do we employ gold, silver, and precious stones? One day we will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Captain will judge each of on how we built our lifeship. Will our building stand the test of time?

Bio: Lynn lives on her parents’ farm where she watches deer at play. Robins, mourning doves, sparrows, and other birds hunt for dinner. Hawks and bald eagles fly overhead. Her late husband and Lynn served as missionaries to the Navajo Indians for several years. After the Lord took her husband home to Heaven, He called Lynn to write for Him. About eighty articles found publication. Accent Bible Curriculum published two of her Sunday School packages. Ambassador-Emerald, International published her first book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. (A shorter piece is in this book.)

A New Beginning

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new  (2 Cor. 5:17).

As we celebrate the New Year, those in Christ have cause for rejoicing. God made His children new persons.

Jesus Christ came unto us and gave us a new hope. In 1 Peter 1:3-4 He says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” This eternal hope gives His own a confidence no man can take from us.

The Word of God speaks of several new things:

  • The new relationship of God with man.
  • The new desire of man for God’s Word.
  • The new life of man.

In1 Cor. 6:19 we are told “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” We belong to God and His Holy Spirit dwells within us.

When Christ comes in, He gives us new desires. One of these is for His Word. Before we did not understand it, but now we love it and hunger for it.

Then He gave us a new life, a life of victory over sin. The Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit in our life: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22-23). This does not mean a life free from affliction, but a productive life.

Ellen lay in bed wracked with pain. The pastor chatted with her husband. In the background he heard Ellen. “How are the people in my church?” In the midst of all her pain, she was concerned about her church.

At last Ellen was able to attend church again. She stood and gave her testimony. “When I have pain in the middle of the night and cannot sleep, I’m thankful,” she said. “It gives me more time to pray.”

Later,  she sat in a wheelchair in a nursery home. “How are you?” she asked. “You know Jesus is with you.” She continued her ministry of cheering visitors and the other residents.

This is as Ezekiel 36:26 says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” God givesus a new heart and a new spirit that reaches out to others.

In this month of new beginnings you and I can pray: “Dear Lord, help me live a life of victory. May the fruit of the Spirit be manifest in my life. Help me reach out to others. This New Year’s Day may others see Christ in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(All Scripture is from the King James Version.)

13. Hope in Trials

Romans 5:1-5

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).

Trials upset us. They can make us angry. Some become bitter in them. If you trust in Jesus, you have a friend. He is touched with the feeling our troubles. He was tempted by the lust of the flesh. “Turn these stones into bread.” (my paraphrase) He was tempted by the pride of life. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down.” He was tempted by the lust of the eyes. The devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. He promised, “All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matt. 4:6). He was tempted, yet without sin.

The temptation or trial is not sin. We sin when we give in to temptation. We can use the Word of God and have hope as our Saviour did. God wants us to “rejoice in hope” and “glory in our tribulations” (Rom. 5:2-3). This is not the natural human reaction. As God works in and through us, we can react in this way.

Temptations have come to me where I did not read all the fine print. God rescued me from my sin, but it almost spelled disaster.

Once I came home to a trashed house. When at the bedroom door, one step inside looked impossible. Had a tornado struck? In the living room rice crackled under foot. Water ran in the kitchen sink and bathtub. Papers, shampoo and other items floated on top. My skirt got wet. My friends, who brought me home, waited for me. They suspected something amiss. I called them inside, and said, “I cannot stay here.”

“Do you want to stay at our house tonight?”

“No, please take me to Mom’s house.” I called Mom and told her what happened. That night at her house I slept like a baby. The next morning I awoke with a smile on my face, and peace in my heart. Lynn cannot in herself work up those feelings. God gave me peace and joy in the midst of troubles. He can do the same for you.

Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship, was written to help you sail calmly on life’s seas. Come abroad this ship and God will give you peace and joy in the midst of the deepest troubles.

Lynn’s Bio: After her beloved husband died, God called Lynn to write. Ambassador International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from PayPal through her website, www.writingfrommyheart.com, and other places.

Mrs. Noah & a Woman

Most women in Noah’s day, woman with wicked hearts, steered their ship off course.

“Mrs. Noah, you are not going to get on Noah’s boat, are you?” the woman taunted her. “I would leave my husband if he did anything that foolish.”

“Lenora, you do not understand. My family believes in God. God said, ‘Noah, build a big boat. People are so wicked that I will send rain. It will flood the earth.’ Yes, I will board that boat. I do not want to drown.”

“Do not be silly. It has never rained on the earth. We will not drown.”

“Oh, Lenora, I wish you believed God. He always speaks the truth.”

No one believed God except Noah’s family. Only eight people climbed in the boat. All the others drowned in a worldwide flood. God also saved two of every kind of animal. This boat was big and could easily accommodate that many baby animals, including the dinosaurs. Noah may have housed smaller animals in cages.

God punished mankind for their wickedness “Every imagination of the thoughts of his (her) heart was only evil continually.” God says in Proverbs 15:9, “The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.” Noah’s wife and her family boarded the ark by faith. They sailed and landed safely on Mount Ararat.

This is an excerpt from Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from www.writingfrommyheart.com. This website will soon have a new look. Later, Lynn will be editing and adding new things. Please join her excitement. Thanks.