“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8
Life can be cruel sometimes. You feel pummeled from all sides. Haven’t you experienced this?
I have. In a few short years my marriage fell apart. Our children moved far away. I lost my nursing job. I lost my health.
What do you do when all your securities crumble?
A counselor I went to at the time listened attentively to the outpouring of my grief. Then he asked me, “Helen, does God still love you?”
I was taken by surprise. “Yes,” I said. “The Bible says God’s love is everlasting, so it must be the same whether my life is good or bad.”
“You’re right,” he said. “Jesus is the measure of God’s love not our circumstances. You are loved no matter what life hands you. You stand on that fact and you will make it.”
And I did. I discovered God is enough for each day. When all your securities crumble, if you are in Christ and Christ is in you, you have what it takes to be an overcomer. God does not make us escapists; He makes us overcomers. Jesus said, In this world you will have trouble–guaranteed. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
Let me share with you what gave me strength and hope from day to day.
To keep me focused on God, I copied out Bible verses that spoke of God’s love and said them out loud many times a day. Verses like these:
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“This is what the LORD says–he who created you.. he who formed you.. ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the water I will be with you, when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…Do not be afraid, for I am with you… you are precious to me and I love you’” (Isaiah 43:1-7). I can’t tell you how many times I have said those words and they have always lifted my spirit and given me hope.
Dear God, let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8).
“And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3
He has Parkinson’s disease. He is getting weaker—for a while he was falling, but thanks to new medication, he can walk again. His voice also gives out when he speaks for any length of time.
But his eyes! You should see his eyes. They radiate Christ. He always has a smile for everyone—his face glows. And He also possesses great insights into God’s Word.
During our Care Group meeting, he shared with us, with tears of joy, that although the past year has been a very hard, the Lord has put a song in His heart—all the time. You can see that.
I like to sit beside him during our meetings. You can feel the love of Christ radiate from him. After I have been with Art, I come away a more resolute follower of Christ..
Thank you Lord, for people like Art, who reflect You in all they do and say—even in their infirmities. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who produces joy in our hearts when we allow you to control our lives. Amen.