I don’t have it all together, not even close. I’m a mess, a deeply flawed work in progress. The intention of this blog was never meant as some way to convince people of anything that contradicts that basic truth. To this point, that intention has remained core of my posts even when the truth hurt me to admit. Flaws and all, I have always been honest about myself, to myself and with others. I hope that always continues.
This week has been no different in regard to being my authentic self but it’s been a prime showcase week for my weakness and failures. I’ve failed to confront the multitude of burdens in a productive manner, a manner based on faith and God’s Word. I’ve been impatient, short-tempered, quarrelsome, worried, doubtful, and resentful. I’ve complained, complained, and complained. I wasted precious time complaining instead of taking the time to be in the bible or speaking to God directly in prayer. I had gotten so far off track in the last 2 weeks that I couldn’t even think of where to begin to get back on it. So…
I messaged a fellow faith blogger, whom I made contact with at the start of my spiritual journey, for advice. She had recently conveyed that she had recently struggled with some of the same issues and I felt she might have some wisdom to share with me. Because God has called her to inspire people just like me, she was rife with bible verses, blog posts, and online sermons that she thought I needed to read/hear. God worked in her to deliver just what I needed and for that I am thankful!
She shared several blog posts, an online sermon, and several bible verses. This bible verse resonated with me and is what I want to share here with you today. I needed to know this truth and, because the family of believers is also undergoing the same, my readers also need to be reminded of it.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around you like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering.
1 Peter 5:7-10
I’ve referred to my situation as an attack and an ambush, recognizing that the amount of things that have happened recently are abnormal and that something was definitely at work here. I think that’s why, of all that she shared with me, this verse resonated so strongly. It explains everything that I’ve been feeling. Now to do as He has commanded of me with this verse; find my footing in faith, stand firm, and remember that I am not alone
…and neither are you.
Because I said she was rife with material, I don’t want to deprive you of all that she shared with me. Perhaps something else she shared will resonate more with you than the bible verse that resonated with me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, and with thanksgiving, present your requests to god. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight.
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Lord is a God who avenges.
O God who avenges, shine forth.
2 Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?
4 They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
5 They crush your people, Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.
6 They slay the widow and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.
7 They say, “The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile.
12 Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord,
the one you teach from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,
till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins
and destroy them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.