Bible Verse for the Day | Psalm 18:2
"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
Hello everyone! I sure hope that your week is off to a good start…and that you will truly come to see; that no matter what you may face in this life…God will always be there for you…to be your rock to hold to…one that can keep you closely connected to Him, during the hard and difficult times of life.
Last night, as I was preparing for our visit, I was also feeling a little overwhelmed with my life. I don't think it matters who we are or what we do; we all have moments when we just don't feel as strong as what we once were. How do we think or even piece life together, when there's no more room to think? In other words, when life becomes overwhelmingly out of control…what can melt away the moments that can seem to make life more complicated? It seems that as one thing is stacked upon another…the heart and mind attempts to juggle moments; that were just never meant for us to juggle on our own.
I remember a lady that I once met through the ministry. She was someone that God had used me to encourage from time to time…and as we got to know each other more, I guess that she could also see how busy I was, while experiencing a life of chronic pain and illness. Anyways…one day we were visiting on the phone, and she said to me… "Diane, your life is like a one-man band…and actually she was right. In other words, I've been keeping up the ministry for the past 20 years, while keeping up a home…and everything that goes along with that. Then to top it off, I've been living most of my life with chronic pain and illness. I have to admit…it can be a challenge at times; but don't get me wrong…I love life and the things I do; but not to the place where this life of mine begins to feel overwhelmingly out of control.
Last night, as I just sat here quietly in the presence of God, with not one word to say, I began to reach for my journal and open it…and as I did, I noticed a familiar card sticking out of one of the pockets of the journal…and as I took the card out of the pocket, there was a Bible verse on it from Psalm 18:2, which is our verse for the day. As I read the verse on the card several times, it was as though God was using this Bible verse to encourage my heart and say… "Diane, I am your rock to hold to, when moments such as these make you feel as if the weight of each thing in your life is pulling you down beneath the troubled waters…and Diane, I am your fortress or strong place of defense, where the enemy can't reach you and take you down to destruction…and Diane, I am your deliverer…the One who will always be stronger than what you're facing at the time…and the One who can free you from these moments…and Diane, I am the strength that can help you to continually press on, even when you feel that you can't." After experiencing God's presence through this bible verse, I began to stand in awe…of a God who had come to me, even before I had a chance to find my way to Him.
You know…we may not be able to experience God's presence, as we experience each other's presence; but I have truly come to see that God definitely has a way of making Himself known to us…and last night, it was through a simple Bible verse that had been sticking out of the pocket of my journal.
You know…the overwhelming moments of life can make us feel as though we are standing in the midst of enemy territory…with no protection; but I have come to see that we only feel this way, because we are trying to juggle these difficult moments on our own. Moments such as these are definitely meant by Satan to drag us away from God; but even though this may happen from time to time; we must remember that when God is invited into these despairing moments; then that is when He becomes a place of safety from the enemy…a place where we can let go and let Him take over.
As we close our visit together today, let this be our prayer… "Oh Lord, be my rock, so I can hold to you, rather than all these unsettled moments that are attempting to take me down…and Lord, be my fortress, where I can hide in you, rather than becoming prey to the enemy…and Lord, please be my deliverer…One who can free me from these overwhelming moments in my life…and Lord, also be my strength, so I can press on and never give into these feelings that are attempting to take me down…Amen!
Today, I praise God for these words of encouragement that He has given us all! What hope we find in Him! I don't know about you; but I sure have enjoyed our visit today…and I hope and pray that you will come back again tomorrow and spend some time with me, as we enjoy another great God inspired visit together! Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that God loves you!
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