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Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
More times than not things happen that are out of our control. We are faced with situations where the outcome is uncertain and the path we should take is out of sight. When things go wrong and we can no longer control what is supposed to happen and we are forced to let things fall where they may and figure out what to do afterward. In these situations, the only thing that we can control is our response to when situations get rough. We know from the Motivational Monday #16: Not Meant to Break that we shouldn’t give up SO the question remains what should we do.
Our responses when things go wrong are filled with panic, stress, anxiety, rage, anger, frustration, worry, irritation and so much more. That sounds right, right? Let me know in the comments! But my question to you is, how many times when these situations are going wrong is our response filled with God. I think for so many people their automatic response is to jump to the worst response and give up because they don’t know what to do. The bible is a road map, a guided path chopped full of responses to have when things get rough. It is mentioned in the bible multiple times that God is ready and willing to help us, all we have to do is cast our cares, anxieties, problems, and worries onto him and he will take care of it. When we are going through tough situations and we are losing control and we don’t call or lean on God, it’s telling him that we don’t trust him to handle it.
Check Out These Scriptures
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Right here the bible is explaining to us that God is proffering to us an invitation to become closer with him. God is inviting us to experience His love, grace, warmth, protection, and goodness that is surrounding him. In this he is offering us his guidance, peace, serenity, forgiveness, wisdom, and so much more. This scripture is telling us that when we decide to take refuge within God’s holy arms it is like telling or revealing to God that we trust him in all aspects whether the situation is a good one or a bad one. God’s love is unconditional, unwavering, and unmatched. In some cases, it is in those situations where the temperature is unbelievably hot that we are able to truly taste and see that he is good. By depending on God and looking to him for guidance, protection, and to meet every single one of our needs God deems us as blessed; covering us from head to toe in his favor forever.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
In this scripture, the bible is teaching us that in our lifetime here on earth, as Kingdom Children, we will experience hardships, trials, tests, and tribulations. All of which is preparing us for the grace and glories within the Kingdom of Heaven. Just because we are Kingdom Kids does not exempt us from hard times. It is in the times where these trials and tribulations are difficult that God is looking to see what our response is. God is always there watching, waiting, listening, and ready to help. God is waiting for our prayers, he does not like to see us hurting or in pain and he wants nothing more than to help. When we put our faith into God and his word and we pray for his help he hears us and rescues us from our situation.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
If you haven’t read the book of John you should take a moment and do so. Jesus is telling his disciples that he would be leaving soon. This scripture is explaining to us how Jesus is able to give us peace in times of trouble. When the scripture says “peace I leave with you,” he is telling them to be prepared. To his followers, he guided them, provided for them, and always knew what to do in situations, and even if he didn’t he leaned on God. In knowing this his followers were worried and scared but Jesus told them to worry not because he was leaving them with peace.
When the scripture says “my peace I give to you,” it is telling us that his followers have seen Jesus go through many trials and confrontations with man, demons, and even the Devil. Through all of the trials, and confrontations, through the temperature rising Jesus remained calm and controlled. He kept his peace and did not let his adversary shake him or his faith. Jesus was able to give his peace and keep his calm by rising every morning to be with God in prayer.
The scripture goes on to say “I do not give to you as the world gives,” this is teaching us that the only peace that the world can give us is circumstantial and conditional. The world will tell us when the temperature is rising to run away, quit, to be mediocre, to be in a depressed state, to think impurely, to suffer in silence, to people please, or to fix what you don’t like about yourself; but this does not bring true peace. We must always remember WE ARE NOT of this WORLD by any means, we are here TEMPORARILY. Worldly peace is a never-ending cycle that is in need of constant fixing. Holy and perfect peace only comes through the union of God and Christ Jesus. The peace that God himself provides passes all understanding, it is not conditional nor is it based upon circumstance.
Questions To Consider:
Are you the type of person that has to have control?
What is your response when the temperature rises? Does it need to be modified?
Do you pray to God for strength?
When you seek peace is it worldly or Godly? How do you know?
Do you protect the peace that Jesus has left with you? How?
With Love, remember that in our lifetime things can and will get out of our control. The temperature of our daily life, world influences, temptations, and our situations all will rise, but just remember to monitor your response in all of it.
To let some of that pressure and to lower the heat down, pray, fast, study, and meditate on the word of God, even if it's just a verse or two. My mom would always tell me when I was younger, God watches and sees if we are trying. So start off by reading one word or a few scriptures because to God it’s like a thousand words in his eyes. Your response matters. Don’t let what’s going on outside of you affect the peace and the word in you.
Just like the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, their faith in God was so unshakable, that they were untouched by the Flames (outside situation), and unbothered by the Heat (their natural reaction) which resulted in a Godly Response (Faith In God’s Will). God is always in the midst. So, build up your prayer life, and your faith so that you can be covered in the midst of your furnace.
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