This is Day 11 of 40 days of the allegorical devotional fiction, The Woman in the Wilderness.
The Sycamore – Part 2
“The Good Book says that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This is necessary for us to know His perfect will.’
‘Do you remember Hagar while she was cast out in the wilderness, desperate, waiting for her beloved Ishmael to die? The angel of the Lord came and suddenly she saw a well! It is my theory that the well had always been there. She was just too blinded by her situation to see it. Not until the good Lord gave her hope was she able to see it. Well it is a theory… Don’t you think it’s a good theory?”
“It’s our mindset that’s the problem you see! We are so consumed by what’s going on around us that we forget about His benefits. Do you know what His benefits are? They’re listed in one of the psalms, and they come in tandems.’
‘He forgives your iniquities and heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from destruction and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.’
‘Isn’t that wonderful?!”
The tree’s branches were all over the place, its leaves flying around like confetti, in celebration of the truths it was spouting out. She chuckled at the sight. Its joy was contagious.
“We have to understand though that benefits are claimed. They are not automatic. So we have to remember them, so we can claim them when we need them. Oh, oh… did you know that iniquities are actually ‘sins with consequences’? Yes… it is. Sins, iniquities, transgressions… there are differences. And do you know what it means for our youth to be renewed like the eagle’s?”
She shook her head. She didn’t know, but she was certain that she was about to.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5 (NIV)
The battle is in the mind.
We hear those words said so often, they become cliche. They seem to lose depth or meaning, but they are no less true.
Our mind sometimes plays tricks with us. It can hold us truth a perception that could well possibly be a lie. Whatever thoughts are going through your mind right now, remember the benefits of being a child of God, and believe:
- He has forgiven all your sins
- He has healed all your diseases
- He has redeemed your life from the pit
- He has crowned you with love and compassion
- He has satisfied your desires with good things.
- He has renewed your youth like the eagle’s.
Let you mind dwell on that, believe that, and let your soul praise Him.