Saturday, January 9, 2010
Word of God, Speak
I remember a time in my life, when I was down and needed encouragement, I would look to certain people to give me encouragement. If they did so? Great. I'd "God bless you" and thank them, and do all of that other religious speak. But if they didn't? Boy, howdy, did I get puffed up! They didn't do their civic duty to encourage me when I was down. Didn't they care? Didn't they SEE that I was discouraged?? Problem was, I was so bent on wanting to get my encouragement from a certain person or group of people, I would totally miss out on the encouragement God had planned for me. Then, little by little, I started taking my thoughts captive. God had proven Himself so many times in the past that although He doesn't always send what "I" want, He DOES send what is best. Tunnel vision is not good when waiting on God. We do know that, when God starts laying things out... it's done for our good. Friendship dissolved? Think about it... was that friendship really healthy for you OR them? Job loss? I wonder--was I starting to depend on my own self sufficiency, thereby taking my dependence off of God? Was the job loss an eye opener? Murphy and his law moved in with you? This too, shall pass. While going through your trial, take heart, God loves you, and His love is always demonstrated in action.
Word of God speak, let it fall down like rain. As I take my thoughts captive, thank you for reminding me that your grace IS sufficient for me. Have you not provided encouragement when I thought there was none to be had? Did you not provide fellowship with like minded believers, in the midst of religious accusations? Yes. You are my Provider, my comforter, my all in all.
Thank you God, for speaking your word to me.