I’m so sick and tired of Satan’s attacks. Are you? He starts with your own family, and when the devil sees he isn’t causing you to let go of your faith, he starts in on your friends. Or, for you, it could happen in the opposite direction, or a mixture thereof. Either way, we are commanded: Do not fear!
A little over three years ago, I was in the midst of a family crisis when a high-school friend posted on Facebook that she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her faith was strong and bold! I was thrilled to see her handling her situation so well, and I sent her a private message containing the verses I’m reviewing today.
I return here often because I find that I need to hang onto these verses. . . to calm my fears. . . for strength. . . a steadfast heart. . . and to trust.
Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end, they will look in triumph on their foes. (Psalm 112:6-8)
Repeat the verses again slowly with emphasis on never, forever, and they will. Does that calm your soul? How we long for no fear of bad news! What’s around the bend? With one trial (or ten) behind us, we know another is on the horizon. But, how far away? How bad will it be? We do not have to live in fear and in dread of tomorrow. Our hearts are secure. God sees to it when we are faithful and obedient to Him (righteous in His eyes).
With God by your side, you need not fear.
When yet another friend calls with a new prodigal situation, I have a tendency to despair, lament, and cry out to God, “Why?” We will never understand God’s ways. He allows the hard seasons in order to accomplish His own purposes. And, then it can be so beautiful in the end! Meanwhile, during the waiting, the lamenting, the wringing of hands and fretting, it’s so hard to understand God’s purposes, which might include:
To draw you closer through His Word,
To display His power and glory through it all,
To bring you to reliance upon Him completely,
To teach you to pray more regularly, desperately, and fervently,
To provide lessons in the waiting,
To display boundless blessings in the valley,
To align your will with His own,
To loose the grip of your control,
To lift up your chin with tender care,
To show you His love…closely and clearly.
And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth (Psalm 116:9)…because I trust Him. God is faithful and true!
Are you tired of Satan’s schemes? When finding rest in the midst of trials, do you feel God’s presence beside you? That’s my prayer for you today. Our Lord is beyond sufficient, and He is with you.
Engulfed in His blessings~