Monday, February 2, 2015

knee prints in the sand...trusting


My OneWord365 is trusting. In many Scripture verses, the word “trust” is synonymous with “hope”… and hope is always future.

But the people who trust [hope in; wait on] the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky [with wings like eagles]; they will run and not need rest [grow weary]; they will walk and not become tired [faint]—Isaiah 40:31 Expanded Bible

A word study of the Hebrew word for "trust [hope in; wait on]" is “qavah” meaning to bind together by twisting, to wait for, to hope for, to look eagerly for; to lie in wait for; linger for, to expect. The basic idea is to wait for or look for with eager expectation.  

Hope, with its Biblical dimension of certainty, is one facet of qavah, which also includes ‘waiting’ (patience) and ‘resting’ (trusting). The participial form points to those in whom this relationship of expectation, patience and trust with the Lord is unchanging. Another facet of qavah pictures a continual, unchanging relationship of patiently remaining or abiding under. This includes the ideas of trust and the confidence which characterize hope.

But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!—Habakkuk 2:3 TLB

In Beth Moore’s study on Paul’s life, To Live is Christ, Acts 20:22 tells of Paul having been “compelled by the Spirit” to go on to Jerusalem, even though trouble lay ahead. Once Paul discerned the will of God, nothing could stop him. When the ship was ready to sail, Paul’s friends accompanied him to the ship. Men, women, and children kneeling in the sand praying with one heart and mind for the apostle and his beloved associates. We pictured what the sand must have looked like after Paul boarded the ship and the crowd went back home. Footprints leading to and from the shore. Then, nothing but knee prints—clustered together in the damp sand…a sight for God to behold. Long after the time and tide had washed away every print, the power of those prayers was still at work. Lord Jesus, help me trust You more, leaving “knee prints” in the kingdom.

Take a few moments to leave a few “knee prints” pondering this prayer set beautifully to music by Selah…Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I am
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below. I’d love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth and Kelly Balarie as an encourager…

30 comments:

  1. I really appreciated you explaining "qavah" Beth. This part about waiting patiently is really the key to hope. I loved learning how God has that part wrapped right into it. Thank you for teaching me this morning and for joining the #RaRalinkup with Purposeful Faith. You blessed me this morning.

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    1. Kelly, thank you so much, it is a joy to be a part of your #RaRalinkup with Purposeful Faith. It is a blessing to share with others what our Lord Jesus Christ has used to encourage me ❤️

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  2. Beth, I love the thought of the unchanging, continual trust and hope that I can have in my unchanging Lord. Thank you for the encouragement to trust this morning :) #RaRaLinkUp

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, I so-o-o agree with you. It is a blessing to be a part of the #RaRaLinkup :)

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  3. Knee prints... POWERFUL image. Thank you for painting that beautiful word picture for me, Beth.

    It brings me to my knees...

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    1. Susan, I so appreciate you taking time to leave a comment and share your heart with me. Many blessings to you.

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  4. It is so interesting how related trust and waiting are. I did not realize that! Thank you for your insights. I am your neighbor at #RaRaLinkup today. Grateful to have found you!

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    1. Thank you, Jenni. It is a blessing to meet such sweet sisters in Christ at #RaRaLinkup. I appreciate your sweet comments.

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  5. What a beautiful post! I love the idea of knee prints - it encourages me to pray on my knees more often. I truly love this song too - we sing it in church a lot and I am glad about that! Powerful words! Thanks for joining us at #RaRaLinkup! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments. It is a blessing to join you at #RaRaLinkup!

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  6. Very beautiful post! I love the idea of knee prints and it encourages me to get on my knees before the Lord more often! I also love this song... powerful words! Thanks for joining us at #RaRaLinkUp :)

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    1. Thank you for taking time to share your heart. Many blessings to you!

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  7. Visiting you today via #RaRaLinkup
    Such a beautiful image you paint, the Apostle Paul's knee prints in the sand, a picture of His Hope and Trust in Christ. What a 180 from where he was before he traveled that road to Damascus. A great example of what can be when you place your "qavah" in God alone.
    Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day Beth!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, Tina. Yes, I so agree with you about the Apostle Paul, what a wonderful example of God's grace extended to us all...many blessings to you!

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  8. Beth, this was a wonderful post! I just love the thought of leaving knee prints in HIS PRESENCE! Thank you for sharing this! Infinite blessings to you, Love! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, Tai :)

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  9. Lord Jesus, help me trust You more, leaving “knee prints” in the kingdom.
    AMEN!

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    1. Thank you, Sonya, I am agreeing with you in prayer this morning ❤️

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  10. This is great! I really appreciate this devotion. Thank you so much! After I listened to the hymn above, I listened to two more - one is "Be Thou My Vision." The words "...and I with Thee one," stood out. I lose sight of that - I am one with my Lord. That is His desire. (John 17) What a truth to grasp, especially when dealing with tough issues. :) God continue to bless you richly!

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    1. Cindy, thank you so much for your encouraging comments! I LOVE the connection between John 17 and "I with Thee one" and "One with Himself, I cannot die" from "Before the Throne of God Above"...we are one with our Lord Jesus Christ, and "as He is, so am I in this world" from I John 4:17...such wonderful Truth to live each day :)

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  11. mmm ... wow, Beth.

    kneeprints in the sand gives takes that whole footprints in the sand to a new level.

    love this.

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    1. Linda, thank you so much for taking time to leave such an encouraging comment...you are a blessing to me and so many others!

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  12. Loved the graphic! I knew about the qavah, etc. as there is very little about the word HOPE I don't have memorized! LOL...good to read you this morning, Beth. xo

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    1. Thank you, Susan, for leaving such a sweet comment...I am so blessed by all your writing :)

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  13. What a neat word! I love when people point out different meanings or dimensions of words!

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much for stopping by to leave such an encouraging comment. I so agree with you!

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  14. I LOVE that hymn by Selah. Thank you, also for sharing the Hebrew meaning of the word qavah. I always want my trust and hope to be twisted up in the promises of my Savior.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to leave your encouraging comments...I love the way this hymn by Selah draws me to the Throne of Grace, too!

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  15. Very helpful post. Sometimes it is so hard to trust but God reminds us to trust in him, doesn't he? Sometimes easier said than done.

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    1. Tara, yes, I agree with you...it seems I have to "preach the gospel to myself" everyday...trusting Him. Thank you for your comments.

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