Song of Solomon 2:2 says, "As the lily among the thorns, so is my love among the daughters." This passage speaks of the relationship the Lord has with His bride, the church. There are many daughters, or churches, but there is only one bride. Sometimes the dynamic in a house among siblings isn't too good! Things are said and done that make your hair stand on end! Many times we read in the Bible of thorns being likened to words: they prick your heart and hurt. They don't exactly kill you, but it hurts for a long time. They're sharp and sting. Somehow God's love springs up even when your heart is hurting and words have grieved your mind. God puts lilies in those places for His bride. She looks for Him and listens for those "lily Scriptures." She knows there is a special connection between Him and her that no one else has. It's a beautiful thing to learn to listen for His still small voice, even when thorns are all about you on your pathway. He's there: all you have to do is look for Him and listen for His voice. May God bless you.
The gift of God's grace is strength to our inner man! He helps us overcome the many things that come our way. God offers us an adventure in service to Him because what we do for Him springs from the riches of His grace and not our own abilities. As a born again believer, there is nothing in this world that can stop you from accomplishing everything God has planned for you. The devil cannot stop you if you don't get weary in well-doing! The world can't stop you unless you quit going forward. Even when you feel like sitting down, if you will take some time in His presence today He will strengthen you with might by His Spirit in your inner man! Jesus is waiting for you today to take time for Him. Remember, He took time for you! May God bless you.
Isaiah 43:19 "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." God is a God of variety. He is not bound by the way He did things in days gone by. He sometimes takes people, sends them forth for a time so He can work with them, and then when they return they are ready to serve the Lord! They are ready to be what He intended them to be in the first place. I can't put my faith in what was: my faith must be in Him who makes all things new! We view success by the things we see. Abraham and his wife Sarah wanted God to fulfill His promises so much they decided to "help" God. They came up with a logical plan, but it produced an "unforeseen consequence." There have been problems in the Middle East to this very day because of it! But if He promised you something He will fulfill it in His time in His way. He will make a way in every wilderness and He will create a river in each desert place. Don't worry: the Lord has not forgotten you! He will work, so be of good cheer! May God bless you.