There IS Hope!

DSCN2696     Things are changing.  The times we live in are changing.  Everything feels chaotic, upside down and inside out.  Murders…of adults, children, police officers, children being molested and sold into sex trafficking, churches being burnt, wildfires raging, water drying up.

On top of all that is going on in this world, we all have our own personal chaos.

Sadness, loneliness, illness, fatigue, trials and troubles, all working together to cloud my perspective and steal my joy.  Overwhelmed  with it all, I start slipping into the pit of self ‘pit’y, and it threatens to crowd out all I know is true.

Can you relate?  When we are in the whirlwind of chaotic circumstances that we have no control over, it can be easy to fall prey to the Deceiver.

But. We. Don’t. Have. To!

So how God?!  How do we go on when our heads are spinning and we feel like we just. can’t. take. any. more?  How do we navigate this life and keep moving – forward – when we feel like our guts are ripped out and our heart lays torn open and bleeding outside of our chest and we can barely breathe?!

JESUS

Yes, JESUS.  Our TRUE NORTH

     I’m not much of a navigator, but I know enough to know that when lost, we are told to find our “true north” to find our way…not “magnetic north” which is what a compass tells us, and will lead us slightly off course.  I don’t know about you, but when it comes to navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of this life, I want to make sure I am not veering off course from my True North…Jesus Christ, and His Living Word.  The Bible points us directly to Him…our True North.

There is so much to worry about,  and stress over in this life.  Discouragement seems to be affecting so many.  We have to know how to climb out of that pit…or not slip into it in the first place.  The Psalmist David had a lot of experience in that pit…and how to get out of it.  He was hunted like a wild animal for many years, and at times he did despair, yet he knew the Source of his strength, security, and comfort.

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.  In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can mere man do to me?”  Psalm 56:3-4

“Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me.”  Psalm 131:2

     This is why it is so very important to hide God’s word in our hearts.  Read it over and over again.  Study it.  Because in our chaotic times, when our storms are raging, in our times of discouragement, the Holy Spirit will bring to our minds what we already know.  But He cannot bring it to our minds…if it is not in there in the first place.

   Dear, sweet souls, whatever trial God has allowed in your precious life right now, please know…please remember that His plan is not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).  Remember, His way is perfect, even when all seems out of control.

As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.  Psalm 18:30

     So dear one, set your face like flint and don’t be ashamed (Isaiah 50:7).  Let the Lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3), cup your precious face in His mighty hands so you can…as that wonderful, old chorus says:

“….Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the Light of His Glory and Grace.”

     You can have peace in the midst of your storm.  Remember when Peter walked on the water?  It is in Matthew 14:22-33.  When he was focusing on Jesus, he was actually walking on top of the water!  But as soon as he took his eyes off Jesus, the storm raging around him became his focus.  He then began to sink and cried to Jesus to save him.  There are times we start to sink.  We are human.  God is always gracious and merciful to His children.  He will grab hold of us and pull us back.  But we could save ourselves so much stress and heartache if we would learn and practice more and more…to keep our focus…TRUE NORTH.

     With Jesus as our focus…the spinning slows.  We can breathe deeper.  We remember that He is in control of it all and He promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:6, Heb. 13:5b).

     Now more than ever it seems that life is hectic.  Life is hard.  So if we want to not only survive, but thrive in this world, we have to keep our focus on Him.  He has promised us rest (Matt.11:28-29).  He promises instruction, direction and guidance (Ps. 32:8).  He tells us not to worry about tomorrow (Matt.6:34).  He has promised that He will calm our fears…when we come to Him.  So whatever you’re doing, stop.  Rest in Him and quiet yourself in His presence.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He really does care for YOU (1 Peter 5:7).

Love You,

Debbie

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