Are you afraid of anything? Pain? Other people’s opinion? Failure? Does fear grip your heart and fill you with anxiety? God wants His people to be free from fear, relying on Him. But there is a fear we should have—the fear of God. This fear puts all other fears in perspective and enables us to live for an audience of One.
Rejection. That place where you just don’t belong. That place of pain can lead us to a victim mentality when we let man define our worth. But through the acceptance of Christ, we can silence rejection and God can heal us. Rejection does not define us. Our response to rejection does.
When we are mistreated in this world, our God sees. And anyone who messes with the King’s kids is gonna be in trouble. But when we let go of unforgiveness and bitterness and trust God to take up our cause, we are healed as we find refuge in His word. God sees. God cares. God heals.
Conflict. The word can send some to flight and others into a fray. This girl doesn’t like conflict, but division is not hopeless. It just reveals a problem that God can fix. Worldliness and worldly wisdom cannot solve it, but when we seek the mind of Christ in our division, we will be united.
These are confusing days we live in with many messages being propagated that might sound like wisdom . . . until we examine them through the word of God. Times of testing will come and unless we know the word of God, we will falter. May we stand firmly together on God’s word and share it faithfully as God’s messengers in a post-modern world. We don’t stand alone—Jesus stands with us!
In the face of suffering, we sometimes don’t know what to say. This is when we need the Holy Spirit to give us the words to comfort others as well as ourselves. We have no wisdom or insight greater than God’s and His words heal our souls. Papa knows just what to say. May we listen and receive the comfort our souls need.
Vulnerability. Exposure. Words and a reality that no one volunteers for. But it is in that place that we discover where our confidence lies. Nothing can make us secure like the LORD. And each hard place can become a monument to Him, a place of renewal and mission for His glory alone.
Fear. It can surround us and overtake us when we give in to it. But God is calling us to stand. Not just in willpower, but in His strength and in His presence. He is enough for whatever we go through. Our God is well able to save. Give over the fear and pick up His grace. Our God is with us.
Where is God when the sky falls in our lives? Perhaps a better question is, where are we? Sin separates us from God. And when we choose sin, we are choosing sin over the presence of God. God does not go anywhere. We do. God is with us—are we with Him? Obedience and repentance leads us back to God, who is faithful to forgive us and take us back.