The thing most challenging in life today in times of distress is letting go of stress over circumstances and believing that God has a plan for it. Who does God say I am?
I can recall on multiple occasions where circumstances have come to the point that I feel like throwing my hands in the air and saying, “God I cannot do this”. Then God at some point always presents me with an opportunity to overcome the circumstances at hand. He is truly a marvel isn’t he? Today, I would like to focus on a couple of scriptures that came to mind during this morning’s prayer and meditation as well as conversations I had with the Lord.
The first scripture comes from Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”.
Open conversation with the Lord I find is key to keeping me connected throughout the day. When I say open conversation, I mean talking to God as if He were a person you were having a conversation with another person. He is the Father, so why would we not have an open conversation? I can speak for myself when I say I discuss EVERYTHING with Him. Doesn’t matter how big or little because I desire to have God in every possible corner of my life. My thoughts are if there is light, there can be no dark, or, if there is God everywhere in my life, there is no room for Satan. I also find that if I know that God always has the plan for every moment of everyday for my life, then I know it always works out for good, even when I cannot see the road in front of me.
Why the open conversation?
- It gives God access to all of me. God deserves to have unfettered access to every part of me (mind, body and spirit). After all, He created me in His image.
- It keeps me grounded and knows that God is the most high and Jesus is Lord over me.
- It keeps me assured that God is a Father that I will never be without.
Next is Luke 22:42 – “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
This is the most selfless act in history. Jesus submitted and gave His life for the will of the Father. Through His sacrifice, we are saved. Whenever I am up “against a wall”, I try to keep in mind of what Jesus went through. While in the flesh, He experienced all emotions mankind experiences, yet He remained sinless and carried out the will of the Father. To be that dedicated to a purpose is absolutely remarkable. I cannot think of anything that can compare. When I place my burdens next to what Jesus endured while remaining sinless, my burdens seem pretty insignificant.
Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on Earth!