I was sent the following thoughts by one of our amazing leaders in the week. Not only are they thought provoking, I found then
really encouraging and inspiring too!
I’m not sure if anyone else has been thinking this or if it’s just me, but it’s occurred to me that we spend so much time trying to keep everything in our day to day lives under control. Not in a bad way, but making sure that our families needs are met, that we can feed them when they are hungry and provide the food that we know they like and will enjoy. Keeping our homes clean, knowing that it’s part of protecting our families and keeping them safe!
In the last few weeks all the safety nets that we thought we were providing have been taken away, and I for one feel that I am no longer in control. I read and meditate on Bible passages like Psalm 91 (which I have been reading and declaring almost every day for weeks now) and I know that I know that Gods word is faithful and true, BUT still seeing the daily death toll growing day by day! And at times, I will be honest, I feel just a little bit wobbly! BUT GOD, our God is truly faithful, he’s never wobbly and he’s always in control. How do I know that? Only through the experience of previous troubles and trials, in fact I believe that God uses the ‘dark times’ of our lives to teach us to trust him. It’s as we walk through our own dark times that we learn to penetrate that darkness, through it we gain a whole new authority over the dark times that all of us inevitably face at some time in our lives. It’s as He brings us through that we gain a closer relationship with Him.
We must remember that no trial, no darkness and no confusion will have the final word. Our God who is light in our darkness will ALWAYS have the final word.
Why not spend some time today meditating on and declaring some of the words in Psalm 91. There is power in the promises of God and we should be declaring them over our lives and over the lives of others.
Psalms 91:1-16 NIV
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.””
I pray that God will give you rest in this time or uncertainty and that we each might find our peace in the he certainty of God.