As I'm relaxing my thoughts this morning and letting go of myself; that I may connect deeply with God, I am thinking on a couple Bible verses that I came across, while spending time with God before bed last night. At first, I struggled to remember their meaning; but as I dug deep with God; He began to show me, as to how they pertain to my life so much right now…and possibly yours too, so let's read them together… "He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. 11) The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy." (Psalm 147:10-11)
After coming into my office this morning, I was determined to have a good day, even though the feeling wasn't quite there. I started out by sharing all my thoughts with God…and how I was feeling, after a busy week and little sleep last night. I guess that this was my way of crying out for help, while conveying to Him; that it would only be His strength that would see me through the day.
Once I had poured everything out before God, it was now time to make a phone call…check emails and finish some other ministry work, before even writing you. As I picked up the phone to call someone, I heard… "Hello Diane" on the other end…and then I heard, "Diane, I won't be able to talk with you today because something came up." After saying good-bye and hanging up the phone, I then began to realize that this actually worked out even better for me today, as I would be able to finish the other things that needed to be done, before writing you.
Later, as I began to look through some Bible verses that I had marked down from last night, I seemed to be instantly drawn to the bible verses that I just shared with you in Psalm 147:10-11; because these verses were reminding me, as to how I can't try to go on my own so-called strength and expect to make it through everything that is awaiting me for the day…especially since I am already tired. From there, God also began to remind me, as to how He had stepped into my morning and had already began to make the load lighter for me, by postponing that phone call, which opened up more space to accomplish the other things that needed to be done…and I can say that this only happened because I let go, so He could take hold of everything.
You know…God doesn't take delight in how we try to prove ourselves as someone strong before Him. Instead, He's looking for those who fear Him or take refuge in Him…knowing that He is the only One who can do for us, in a way that we could never do for ourselves. Once I made the choice to come to Him this morning and lay every weakness before Him; I believe that this is what actually got His attention…and from there, He made a way for me; that would give me an easier start to my day.
You know what gets me the most at times; is when we try to prove to ourselves and others that we are strong and that we can stand up to everything, when we really can't. I guess that sometimes we think that if we let our guard down; then we will only look weak before others…and even God; but don't we realize that while we're trying to stand tough on our own…that we're only making matters much worse, while completely draining ourselves of what little strength we have as human beings?
While sitting here quietly in the presence of God, I am being reminded more and more, as to how God has already made the way for us…and He's even made it easier; but we will never know how easier life can be, until we lay all our weaknesses before Him.
As I close my letter to you today, I hope and pray that you will be able to stop holding onto your own so-called strength and reach out for a strength and a helping hand that can do so much more for you right now. Remember…God isn't impressed by what we are attempting to prove to Him. Instead, I truly believe that He is more interested in helping us; but that will never happen, until we first learn to let go completely.
As we part ways, I sure hope that you will have a great day…and a great weekend! Enjoy this beautiful season of autumn…and then come back on Monday morning, as I will have another letter of encouragement waiting here just for you! Many blessings on your day!
With love & prayers…
It's Always & Only Because of Him…