I get so overwhelmed with life. Seriously, this stuff isn’t for the faint of heart. Some days, I am one Sara McLachlan commercial away from a full-fledged anxiety attack. And when I get stressed out, it is so hard to regroup and focus. I know I am promised a peace that passes all understanding. I’ve had it and felt it before. Love that stuff. I know I am promised a future that will prosper me and not harm me. I’ve got a picture frame on my desk telling me so. But knowledge has a hard time manifesting itself into confidence during these times.
We don’t give the devil enough credit. His lies are good. They hold just enough truth to sneak in and set up camp in our minds. And he knows just what angle to attack us from. Whether it be lust, jealousy, greed, pride. He knows how to hit us where it hurts – where we are weak. He wants us as far away from God as possible. And the last thing he wants is us resting assured on His promises.
But that’s just what we have to do. “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” (Luke 1:45) That verse was about Mary. She was impregnated by God while still a virgin promised to be married. Talk about a stressful situation by all appearances! But Mary was obedient and trusted God wholeheartedly. And we all know what a blessing she was in the grand scheme of things! She raised the boy that grew up to become our Savior and Messiah. Son of God and Man.
Over and over in the Bible we see normal men and women up against extraordinary circumstances. Yet time and time again they relied on God, His character, and His promises to see them through. They were obedient, humble servants, and out of their obedience came blessings beyond all that they could even think to ask.
So when I am FREAKING out and have absolutely no idea what my future holds or where I will be in five years or better yet five months, I have to pull myself together and fix my eyes on God. The Bible is His love letter to us and it is full to the brim with promises and wisdom. Those of us that have grown up in church have probably heard these many times. But to actually meditate on them, memorize them, apply them to our lives. That doesn’t always happen.
Here’s a collection of verses I need to read and reread and then read some more. This post is mainly for me to remind myself of these things, but maybe it will help one or two of you as well.
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14)
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.‘” (Psalm 32:8)
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” (Isaiah 58:11)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
“‘ For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.‘” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
“ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)
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