After three days, his parents found him in the temple. His mother said to him, ‘Son, how could you treat us this way? Your father and I have been anxiously looking for you.’ And He said to them, ‘Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to …
November 16, 2016
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Too many changes in one’s life, all at once, put a person in a fragile place emotionally. It seems too much to process. When I initiate the changes, it’s easier. But most change is what happens to me and I have no control over it. Good changes are challenging enough but bad changes, one after another, bring the onset of grief.
How do you handle change? Do you have a strategy? It’s easy to conceive man-made ones. 1.) Cope with today and don’t borrow tomorrow’s trouble. 2.) Lean on family and friends. This is usually the best that we can initiate without God. If things are really hard, these won’t sustain. Inner stability will deteriorate.
There is a certain kind of personality that thrives on change but I contend that it’s change they control. No one likes an unexpected knock on the door that brings tragic news. I’ve had my share of seasons where everyday brought some kind of bad news. Difficult times never seem to last a year. Instead, five years, twelve years, even twenty-two years. I’m very familiar with how that looks since severe depression runs in my extended family. I’ve seen some break with reality. Feeling that I could also follow my genetic leanings, I knew that I must draw close to Jesus and follow His lead in developing spiritual strategies.
What did Jesus do when he felt the pressures of his life? Got alone with His Father to pray. He reviewed the scriptures and God’s history. This is the prescription for any of us today who know that the only stability available to us is the foundation of our faith in God.
- God knows all things future. He’s not wringing His hands over this change in my life. Acts 8:26
- God already knows the outcome and, if I’m willing, will lead me safely to the other side. Numbers 23:19
- God is unchanging. Though my life shifts, He is always the same. I cling to Him and not temporal things. James 1:17
- God is still a righteous Judge even when it appears evil is winning. Psalms 7:11-13
- God is faithful and true. Deut. 32:4
“It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows.” Spurgeon
My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words. Psalm 119:139 David’s definition of anger as “a zeal that consumes” is a good one. Jesus said something similar when he turned over the tables in the temple and sent coins flying. “Zeal for your house has consumed me.” His anger was hot, not because they …
Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 I used to be immersed in a Bible-study environment. My husband and I worked for a large Christian ministry for the first many years of our marriage. There was a seminary on the premises as well as …
Great peace have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165 One of the reasons I love God’s law is because of what it affords the one who lives by it. It is a secure fortress, a cradle upon which the child of God can rest. Because God’s law is timeless, …
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah Psalm 32:5 Acknowledging our sin, while God requires it to be forgiven, can be a tricky thing. I think about Cain’s confession to …
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7” Lord, forgive us for looking to broken cisterns for living water. As your children, we may live wanting, groaning for your kingdom to come, but we will not be crippled by uncertainty. We will not …