Posted by: mikenicholsblog | October 26, 2009

hold firmly

Life in 2009 has moved at a rapid pace. We began the year with the sky falling economically, needing a stimulus to get going, and lots of questions about what is going on in our world. Now, before we can believe it, the year is quickly coming to a close, and things seem better on the surface. But most people still have lots of concerns about the “state of the world”.

As much as we wonder about the state of the world, parallel that with the state of  your life, in a year that has moved (at least for me) at warp speed.  Do you have any questions unanswered, any prayer requests still open, or a few issues you would appreciate God hurrying up to solve? God knows your concerns and is divinely capable of moving at just the right moment. However, there is an incredible battle that all followers of Christ face: the tension between “I know that He will” and what my constant friend (feelings) tells me. Far too often, our daily internal conversations don’t match the reality of Scripture.

As we attack the end of another year, how do we begin to put perspective on really trusting God? I know that the feelings of frustration and impatience and “hurry up God”, will not just disappear because we decide to move forward with renewed focus. But we do believe that the words of II Chronicles 16:9a still fit our lives today: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him”. With that as a launching off point, why not determine that by faith you will look at each day as an opportunity to see God strengthen your heart. Even if you have walked with the Father for many years, the speed of life and issues of each day can/do causing feelings over faith to rule your spiritual journey. It’s time to refocus. Let the words of David and the Psalms give you the courage to just do it.

Psalm 4:8
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you
alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 91:1-2
He who dwells in the shelter of the most
High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and
my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

This week, start with a conviction that if you spend time with the Father, and rest on what He teaches you, peace will come. The kind of peace that only He can give. We have a Father that provide’s safety and is our refuge. Don’t think for a moment that life will be easier, but know with faith that He will strengthen your heart. It is my firm conviction that holding firmly to the Word will give far better results than living by the internal feelings of each new day.

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