Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
~ Isaiah 48:17
Our Heavenly Father is so good, so Faithful and True. Last night I was messaging with a dear sister in the Lord, laughing at myself about my fumbled response to something I am certain the Lord spoke to my heart a couple months ago or so…
Approximately in mid June, I was praying out loud and walking in my backyard with my sweet dog (a precious gift from God to me), and I got a strong sense in my spirit by the Spirit to say to the Lord regarding a matter of provision and the work He wanted me to do and He would provide for me…
“I know You just want me to live by faith and trust you to provide to do this work for You and for Your glory. That it’s time for me to live by faith, to come up higher in my faith and trust that all will be well.”
I felt and knew it so strongly by the Lord.
It would be a great leap of faith for me to do what He was asking of me, but I have seen Him come through for me and my son time and time again without fail. His Word has never failed me. It was like a “to whom much is given, much is expected thing.” How could I doubt Him now after His Word had been proven true so many times in my life?
But then I did some reasoning (amongst myself) because I am a single mom and sole provider of my family, and decided that I should do a few other things in addition to what He asked me to do so hopefully money would come in from those sources too – for what He is asking of me is not typically a fast source of income.
What I found is all I did was exhaust myself trying to do smaller and hopefully faster ways of earning income then not having more time to do what He asked of me. I wasn’t trying to disobey His direction, but I just thought it was a good idea, the responsible thing to do.
I went back to my good Father in prayer, chuckling at myself, because I knew He’d been drawing me, and I knew what He wanted to mention. I said, “I know. I know, Lord. I tried to reason and do it my way in addtion to what you said. Sorry, Father. You REALLY meant it that I could live by faith and You would provide. I will ONLY do what You told me to do and REALLY trust that all will be well.”
Of course, total peace restored, and when I am doing the work He asked me to do, I am full of peace, joy, in His flow, the anointing is on it, I can focus really well, etc.
Well last night, a few hours after messaging with that above mentioned friend and laughing about how I had reasoned and fumbled His specific Word to me from June, I looked at my phone shortly after midnight and saw that Isaiah 48:17 was the verse of the day and laughed out loud, and said, “Oh thank You so much, Father, for comforting me with this confirmation of the Word You gave me, my prayers, my conversation with my dear friend, and for being hilarious!”
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go,” (Isaiah 48:17).
First, when we have a THUS SAYS THE LORD, He means business!
Ha Ha, You’re so funny Abba Father. Thank You for Your patience with me when I am slow with the uptake. Great opening there, Lord!
YOUR REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL
It hit me like, “I’m the ONE and ONLY Redeemer, big R, the Holy One of Israel.”
I get it, Father, You’ve got it covered. I will ONLY BELIEVE!
I AM the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go
You couldn’t be more clear, Lord my God. How I praise You! Grace me abundantly to walk in it fearlessly, Father, to allow You alone to teach me to profit and You alone to lead me in the way I should go. Hallelujah!