After waking up from a rough night, due to the chronic illnesses I face each day; I decided to go out in the living room and just relax a bit before coming to spend some time with you today. As I sat there…feeling tired and worn out from a very difficult night, I began to focus on God. To be honest with you…I've given up on the thought, as to why this is happening to me; because lately, I have come to truly see that we don't always get a response, at a time when we would like a response; so instead of wearing myself further down…I just wait on God. One thing I have learned over the years is this…God knows what He's doing…and it's not my place to figure Him out; but instead, it's my place to sit quietly and prayerfully, while I wait on Him. It's not always easy, especially when there's a lot of pain and tiredness coming at me; but He does sustain and keep me strengthened for each new day, even if I don't always see it that way at first.
This morning, as I was thinking on a Bible verse that I could use to encourage us all; God led me to a couple verses in Proverbs 3:5-6, and we read…"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
To me…the moments when we lean on our own understanding, also becomes the moments when we focus on the problem, rather than God. In other words…we are out to keep tabs on the problem…and even dissect it, until we know every aspect of that problem, which only takes us down paths that continually lead us into other problems, rather than being alert to the one path that God longs to walk us down.
You know…God has a map laid out for each of our lives…and on that map there may be paths that lead us through storms…and even through dry and barren land; but you know what…He already knows how He is going to use that path, to take us to a better place in time. In other words…sometimes we have to climb the rugged mountains and walk through a desert, to get to the promised land He has in store for us; but once we reach that place…His glory is revealed to us…but if we try to figure out this journey on our own; then I would say that we are going to become side tracked even more…and why…because He has the map…not us.
I don't know about you; but there can be times when I find it difficult to walk through a dark circumstance. It seems like we tend to fear the unknown…and even what could possibly go wrong; but I have found through time…that when we trust the Lord…and take His hand and allow Him to lead us through the dark; then we do eventually come out on the other side of that darkness…and into the light of His very best.
The encouragement that I would like to leave with you today; is to not only know that Christ lives within you; but to also see Him as someone you can trust…knowing that He already knows the way before you. One thing I can say to you today is this…when you choose to let go of what you don't understand, to take hold of the One who does understand; that is when He will carve a path before you…one that can truly lead you away from darkness…and into the light of His very best for you!
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that God can be trusted, during the uncertain and difficult times of life…believe me, I know!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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