Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! I truly hope that your day…and this brand new week are off to a great start! As we begin another new week together, I pray that we will always remember…that no matter what we face…God is always close by…Amen!
You know…as I’ve been sitting here in the office this morning…enjoying some good music and a peaceful view outside my window; I was reminded, as to how we can easily lose track of God, while facing troubled times…such as we are right now. Sometimes I think we just need a good reminder; that no matter how real the presence of evil may be…God’s presence still shines brighter during these darkened moments of life.
As we spend this time together today, I would like to share some Bible verses with you; that will remind us all that God’s presence is truly with us…and the first one is found in Psalm 23:4, which reads… “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”
You know…these moments we are walking through right now, can make us feel as if we are walking down a darkened path…one where we can’t even see a glimpse of light at times. Moments such as these can make us fear what is happening around us; but that is only because our thoughts and hearts have become tightly fixed on these difficult times we’re facing. Now, if we were to focus on something or someone greater than the darkness of evil; then those thoughts alone would remind us that there is One who is greater than evil…one who is walking with us all the way; despite what evil may be attempting to make us believe at the time.
Today, I just wonder how many times have we felt as if God has left us alone in the dark, without even realizing that we could have been the one who let go of Him…to hold tightly to what is happening around us? We must remember that if we are going to truly know and feel God’s presence, while walking down these darkened paths; then first, we must look for Him in that darkness, rather than allowing ourselves to get caught up in these darkened moments.
Another Bible verse that I would like to share with you today is found in Jeremiah 29:13, which reads… “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Today, we need to remember that we will only find God in the midst of all this chaos, when we choose to seek Him with a complete heart. We might as well realize that good and evil cannot reside together within the heart; so God gives us a choice…will we continue to get caught up in the darkness and these unknown moments…or will we turn away from darkness, to seek a light that can guide us through that darkness?
A few of my very favorite Bible verses are found in Isaiah 43: 2-3a…and we read… “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3) For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”
Today, we may be feeling as if the troubled waters are about to overtake us…or maybe we’re feeling that an overwhelming circumstance is about to bring us to destruction; but the thing that God longs for us to see the most today; is that as long as we truly know in our hearts that He is walking right beside us; that this is when we will experience a peace that will help us to see that these troubled waters can never overtake us…and the flames of an overwhelming circumstance will never be able to set us ablaze.
You know…sometimes we just need a little reminder…a time when we allow our thoughts to regroup and get back on track with God…and my prayer today; is that we will never allow the darkness to lead us down further paths of darkness; but that we will turn to the One, who can truly be the light we need, while walking through the dark and chaotic moments of life…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that God is there for you…no matter what!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain