Look back at the beginning of the year
Is there anything you can hold dear
The road may have been rough
Many days very tough
Times nothing looked good but the bed
When there was no drive to go on
Wanting to let loose
But kept holding on
Battled fear and doubt
Crying out what is this all about
Look back once again
See how far you’ve come
Now at the end
It’s time to give thanks
For His faithfulness
To stand by your side
As He’d gently guide
You to His expected end.
Today I read the below devotional from Jesus Calling and it seemed appropriate for what has been going on all over the world.
I’m sharing it because there are a lot of people who are afraid. Their worlds have been turned upside down and they don’t know what to do because fear has overtaken them. Their lives as they know it may never be the same-what are they going to do.
Remember nothing happens that God doesn’t know about and what He sees going on He has an answer. Don’t let your heart fail you. Take courage that everything will work out in God.
We are Passing Over out of the old and into the new.
TRUST ME IN EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE.
Nothing is random in My kingdom. Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me. Instead of trying to analyze the intricacies of the pattern, focus your energy on trusting Me and thanking Me at all times. Nothing is wasted when you walk close to Me. Even your mistakes and sins can be recycled into something good, through My transforming grace.
While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the Light of My Presence into your sin-stained life. Finally, I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light. Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life.
Jeremiah 17:7; Romans 8:28; Psalm 40:2; 1 Peter 2:9
C. S. Lewis 1942
Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shutdown business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”
Jesus: ” I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources,”
I saw the above piece on my FaceBook Page. Not knowing much about what C. S. Lewis writings I shared it. A friend messaged me and told me he didn’t write it. Kudos to the person writing this because they hit the nail on the head-so to speak.
Many people feel anxiety, fear and panic. They are in a situation that they do not have control of. Their daily schedule has been shut down and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Many parents are overwhelmed staying home with their children – they don’t know what to do with them outside their preplanned daily schedule of outside activities.
Jesus brings calmness and a new perspective of the changes to make our lives better across the board. Just maybe the majority of folks won’t want to return to the rat race they were participating in. Reflecting on past lifestyles could open up a new revelation of how this down time is for our betterment.
When we get so rattled we blame God for this terrible mess we’re in just remember these two scriptures. They could bring comfort, peace and rest.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (NLT)
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJ)
God knew about this before we did because He is all knowing and knows how this will end. His plan for us is good and not evil.
The pandemic situation we are surrounded by has taken my prayer life to a higher dimension than ever before.
On the way to work I was praying for churches and church leaders when all of a sudden I saw mega churches and their leaders (no one in particular) and then heard the following scripture: Luke 12:16-21. The most earthshaking to me was verse 21. “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God”. (NIV) Are the mega churches built for God or the man building them? I’m not saying mega churches are wrong but what is the motive behind them.
Maybe during this time of shutting in we all can reassess our relationship with the Lord and have a willingness to repent and change what he reveals to us so we can be who he created us to be – a fierce army – when this is over.
Our work is not done but in a sense it’s just beginning. There’s a lot of afraid people in the world – saved and unsaved alike that need a reassuring word from God. That’s what God’s army is here to do – to share the truth.
I sat there overwhelmed with fear
Badgering and bickering was all I could hear.
Silence pursued me to where
I was overtaken
By the oil of your presence flowing over me
That very oil was setting me free
Being poured as from a pitcher
In a steady stream
Flowing fast and furious
Like it would never end
I found peace in the flow
How, I did not know
Overwhelmed and overtaken
To a place I’ve never known.