“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. I, John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet… .”
Many of the Lord’s children desire to wait for God in a calm, quiet, and comfortable place. They desire the Lord to come and teach them in their time and in their way. John is a testament that the Lord will come and hold you in the most sincere sense in the darkest and hardest of places. He does not desire you to seek these dark places, rather he desires you to break yourself of your comfort in the world to gain comfort in Him.
“But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are gracious and merciful God.”
In all our actions the Lord will never pull away from us. Even when we abandon his teachings and his doctrine he is always in the background doing everything he is allowed to without stepping on our right to think, choose, and act for ourselves. His mercy and grace is more expansive than our mortal minds can grasp. When we remove from us those false understandings and ways of living and replace them with his corrected understandings and ways of living and loving he comes closer and closer.
“Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therfore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
The Lord delights in showing you his interest in your life. He wants you to know that he is with you and that you are not doing this on your own. Ahaz didn’t want that confirmation. This vexed the Lord because it was going to affect Ahaz’s decisions in the coming wars for his people. If you are unsure of the Lord’s work for you in specific detail you are like a wave in the sea always being tossed to and fro never being able to stand firm and immovable. He does not want you to live in fear or confusion. No matter if there is war, disease, famine, or any form of chaos around you. He wants to be your anchor. When he lives in you NOTHING can have power over you. This is what the signs are designed to take you to. Ask the Lord for signs and witnesses that you are on the Lord’s path and doing what he wants you to be doing. He will guide you in this process. He will use them for your growth and benefit. The Lord living in your life to the fullest extent is THE greatest witness and sign of his love and his work in you.
“And Jesus spake and said unto him, Have faith in God. For verily, I say unto you that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith fulfilled. Therefore, I say unto you, Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive, and ye shall have whatsoever ye ask.”
The Lord desires to give you anything you ask for. If you allow him to bring you to a place where your desires are his desires and the only thing you seek is fulfilling the will of God on this earth he will give you everything you ask for. This gift is not given to those who wish to satisfy their own fleshy lusts, but to those who seek the eternal welfare and salvation of man. That is the greatest joy. To become a partner with the Lord gives greater joy than any earthly mind can understand. In the scriptures you will see many people who were taken to the heart of the Savior because they chose that specific path of seeking only the wants and desires of God. Enoch, Paul, Stephen, Deborah, Anna. He holds nothing back from those who will give all of themselves for his work. You will be able to move mountains. You will be able to heal the sick, IN AN INSTANT. You will be able to converse with God and Angels that you all may be connected in the work of the Lord. These are the blessings open and given to all who choose to accept the call and work of the Lord.
“We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.
Open the Gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal… .”