It’s very early morning and I lay here struggling at what to type, but knowing that I am to share. These times of unrest have me in a funk and it is only going to get worse I’m afraid, but the end results will be fabulous.
When Kurt was preparing to preach, I said, “Honey, could you not give doom and gloom? There is so much of it right now.” Well, here I go. I’m not practicing what I requested.
It is so hard from face masks to rioters to the upcoming election. What does it all mean? IT MEANS HE IS COMING AGAIN! And you know what else? Without all these going ons, HE IS COMING AGAIN! It is nothing we have to figure out. We just have to trust and rest. HE IS GOD. HE HAS THE PLAN. WE JUST TRUST IN HIM AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.
He has a plan for us. A future and a hope.
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile." Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV
He promises green pastures and restoration.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. ...Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23 1-4, 6 ESV
He goes before us.
"Thus says the Lord to His anointed...I will go before you and level the mountains...that you may know that it is I the Lord...I call you by your name..." excerpts from Isaiah 45:1-4ESV
He is in control. We can rest.
"Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows." Luke 12:6-7
We are His. He is with us.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine...Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you...Fear not. For I am with you."
Isaiah 43:1, 4, 5
If we are His, we are safe. Family.
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
Just hope in Him. Focus people!
"They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint." Isaiah 40:31
"And know I say to you who are listening to Me, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who treat you insultingly."
We should be focused on the One who made us and not on this world. Hope. Hold fast. Pray. Enjoy! God wants us to have joy and that brings Him joy. If you are already doing that, great! If you are scared, worried, apprehensive, it’s okay, we are human after all and these are scary times, but let's do a little refocus and remember who is in charge. He is our hope. Enjoying these times is actually simple. We just need to trust and He will take care of the rest. He knows what He is doing! Now, I’m going to rest in my bed and practice what I type. Have a great day in Him!
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13