It's hard to write a blog that's spiritually edifying and encouraging to the body when life is stressful, overwhelming and confusing. Thankfully, it's not up to me, and it isn't about me.
God is so good. As I was thinking about the decisions and circumstances facing me and my family...all the risks, all the unknowns, all the ups and downs, and the burdens...God reminded me of a verse that has always been a tower of strength to us:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV
This is the reality of God's promise to us: that if we trust Him, if we acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will take care of the road ahead. There's no doubt about it, He will. We just have to let go of our understanding of the situation that causes us anxiety, fear, and worry, and acknowledge and trust Him.
"Oh, that's it?" you say, pessimistically. "That's easy for you to say!"
It's easy to say, but how do we do it? Paul gives us the answer:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6–7 NKJV
So there it is: how do we let go of our anxieties and trust God? Through prayer. What kind of prayer? Constant prayer ("in everything"). Thankful prayer (what are you thankful for?). Prayer that makes requests of God. And then, the promise: you will have peace through Christ Jesus.
Father, thank You for Your precious promises! You are so, so good. You alone are worthy of praise, for You alone are the Sovereign King. My life, and the lives of my family, are in Your hands, and I couldn't be happier to say so. You are ever watchful, ever able, ever loving. Please give us the grace to cast our cares upon You, knowing that You care for us. Give us the grace to pray constantly, with thankful hearts, so that we can enjoy Your peace. Give us the grace to acknowledge and trust you in all of our ways, so that our path is directed by You. In Jesus' name, amen!
Words of encouragement from the leadership at Calvary North.