There are times when our minds start to spin like crazy causing our guts and our hearts to feel messed up. Tight in your stomach. Heartbeat racing. Thoughts rolling in your head. There is a way and a hope to get us through this. We need to stop and ask God for help.
Fearful to Fearless today provides this insight…
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. – Psalm 94:19 (NASB)
When anxious thoughts swirl in our heads God is able to bring relief to our soul, timely relief that brings a calming peace that worldly comforts cannot.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” – Jeremiah 17:7
Where are you putting your trust? Where are you turning for wisdom, for discernment, for guidance, for help, for relief, for hope, for love, for patience, for forgiveness, for endurance, for perseverance, … Are you at a breaking point? Are you at a point where it is getting too hard for you to do on your own? Are you at a point where you think if God doesn’t do something quick you are going to have to step in and do something yourself?
God’s Word with the story of Abraham and Sarah show us the pitfalls of trying to take things into our own hands. God’s timing is perfect and when we are tempted to try and go it our own way that is the time to call out to God and trust Him even more. His ways are better than our ways. His timing is perfect. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Our way may create bigger problems. Our way may open up doors that should never have been open. Our way may create even a greater pain than what we were trying to escape from. Seek God for wisdom and discernment. Seek God for patience and the ability to press on. Nothing is impossible with God. All things are possible for those who believe.
Os provides the example from Jeremiah as he describes being tested and tempted to try and solve a financial problem on your own. Jeremiah’s text says:
5This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 7“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. 9“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
We might not see the outcome yet, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t working on it. There are no problems in Heaven, there are plans.
7For we live by believing and not by seeing. – 2 Corinthians 5:7
1Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. – Hebrews 11:1
11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
When we compare God’s ways to our ways, we discover that even within the struggle and the challenge, just as Jeremiah spoke above in chapter 17, God bears fruit despite our circumstances, just as He did for me this past fall with an incredible testimony of provision. God doesn’t want us to shrink back, or shrivel up, He wants us to allow our roots to dig deeper into who He is and how much He loves us. As we trust in God, we can bear fruit regardless of our day to day circumstances. Share God’s love with those around you. Share that hope that is in you. And allow God to bear fruit no matter what circumstances you are facing today.
The tough times allows our roots to go deeper. It provides us with strength for the future. It provides for us a faith that is strong just arid climates produce plants with incredible root systems to allow them to survive the heat and dry seasons. Dig deeper into God’s grace and allow your faith in Him to flourish and produce fruit. Ask God to help you with the water you need to press on and watch how He will work in and through Your life for the glory of His Kingdom.
I thank You Lord for Your Word and Your encouragement. I lift up this day and the celebration of Jesus through this Easter season and ask Lord that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Help me to be a good example for You Lord and may every thought, word, and action I take bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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