In a Time of Need

11374766_417075665144516_1072785693_nIt was on this day one year ago that I rushed back from vacation because of a family emergency. Before that phone call, I had enjoyed several days in the mountains, often relaxing by the fire and reading and journalling through Scriptures. On the plane, I opened my Bible to the bookmark among the sleek pages, and I continued reading, reflecting, and claiming God’s promises, jotting notes in the margin. Among the chaos and uncertainty, I found the familiar peace of God’s presence.

I find it as no coincidence that I am revisiting those same pages one year later, perhaps a reminder of God’s peace and presence. In that year, everything has not worked out “my way.” Yet I trust God more and know Him better.

And I thank Him for the reminder of the following verses I highlighted that night on the plane:

Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry for help come before You. Do not hide Your face from me in my day of trouble. Listen closely to me; answer me quickly when I call. (Psalm 102:1-2)

I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live. May my meditation be pleasing to Him; I will rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104:33-34)

My heart is confident, God; I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being.(Psalm 108:1)

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate. (Psalm 116:5)

I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place. The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is my helper, (Psalm 118:5-7b)

Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands. (Psalm 119:66)

Let my cry reach You, Lord; give me understanding according to Your word. (Psalm 119:169)

Refusing Comfort

1499637_10151853953097263_1945225604_nI refused to be comforted. (Psalm 77:2b)

Why refuse to be comforted?

We need to insist on being comforted in the right ways by the right people (Person) for the right reasons. Consolation and feeling better are not the best goals. Only God can give what we need when we need it: His Presence and His Peace. He provides, and we can trust Him.

Worship Today

Troubles of this world, will wither up and die
That river of tears made by the lonely, someday will be dry

There’s gonna be, a great rejoicing
There’s gonna be, a great rejoicing

Questions of this world, someday will be known
Who’s robbing you of peace, and who’s the giver

 

Pursuit of Peace

indexTurn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)

We cannot just expect to receive or find peace or reside in it. We must seek and pursue it.

In our instant-access culture, we often expect for things to come easily and quickly. We define “search” as a few key strokes to get immediate access to everything we need or want. That is not God’s typical way. The process of pursuit is rewarding, even necessary at times to choose well and appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

The pursuit of peace is more about our pursuit of God than achieving peace.

Be Humble Today

Be-Humble-Today-500x500Just because we disagree and have been on opposite sides of a battle doesn’t mean we toss honesty, humility, peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness to the side. Winning at any and all costs is not winning.

Saul and David definitely had their differences, mainly because of Saul’s jealousy, pride, and struggle for power. Yet, near the end of his life, he had this interaction with his successor, David:

When David finished saying these things to him, Saul replied, “Is that your voice, David my son?” Then Saul wept aloud and said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have done what is good to me though I have done what is evil to you. You yourself have told me today what good you did for me: when the Lord handed me over to you, you didn’t kill me. When a man finds his enemy, does he let him go unharmed? May the Lord repay you with good for what you’ve done for me today.” (1 Samuel 24:16-19)

We don’t have to wait until the end of our lives. In fact, we shouldn’t. Why waste time? Choose to be honest, humble, peaceful, conciliatory, and forgiving. Today.