Trust and Persevere

W O W,

is it really already August? It’s crazy how quickly time can get away. I’m simultaneously excited that we have a month left as well as a little uneasy that it’s only a month. There’s so much possibility for growth in a month – so much can happen. Yet how easily it could be wasted if we aren’t careful and focused on our goals. It’s exactly that recent lack of focus that is serving to create an anxiety in me about the length of time we have left. It seems my mind feels that time is running out.

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               What if G0d doesn’t reveal any next step or purpose?

 

                                      What if we fail to solidify those good spiritual habits?

 

                          What if we come back and nothing has really changed?

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Trusting in G0d should be easy seeing as how I can tell and retell countless stories of the good He has done for both me and so many I’ve met. How is it then that I so quickly resort to my own self-sufficiency? Futilely trying to take things into my own hands, forcefully pushing forward for answers that I somehow feel are overdue. As if G0d can’t handle what He’s lead me into? As if He doesn’t have a plan just because I can’t see it? What an outrageously hilarious lie! How prideful and arrogant of me to assume that my understanding of a situation might determine reality. How mundane and predictable the world would be if my own perceptions were the edge of the map.

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                                                            I declare that they are not!

                                                (Job 12:13, 42:3)(Proverbs 3:5)(Ezekiel 28:3)

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I declare that, in the face of even the most hopeless of circumstances, my G0d has a plan.

                                               (Jeremiah 29:11)(Daniel 3:17, 6:20-22)(Genesis 45:4-8)

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                       I declare that my G0d is a good G0d and I eagerly anticipate His goodness.                                                                                       (Psalm 27:13)(Psalm 23:6)

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When we find ourselves in a place of doubting G0d’s sovereignty, let’s produce fruit in keeping with repentance as exemplified in Pslam 51…

 “Have mercy on me, O G0d, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. … Create in me a pure heart, O G0d, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (51:1-2,10)

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Let’s remind ourselves that no matter the problem, He can handle it. Let’s stop believing lies about our G0d’s faithfulness and instead determine to turn our hearts to Him in praise…

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in the L0rd,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my G0d.”

(Ps. 43:5)

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“Praise the L0rd, O my soul;

all my inmost being praise his holy name.

Praise the L0rd, O my soul,

 and forget not all his benefits –

who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies the desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”

(Ps. 103:1-5)

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               “Wait for the L0rd; be strong and take heart and wait for the L0rd”

(Ps. 27:14)

        

   ~OZ

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One thought on “Trust and Persevere

  1. Tammy says:

    Amen and Amen.

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