Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A few thoughts on "My favorite things"

Exodus 14:14 - The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.

Moses told this to the Isrealites when they had mountains on either side of them, the sea in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them. They were really in a pickle and what was needed. They had to let go and let God handle it. How often do we try to handle our own crisis? Too often! God is ready and willing to help us out, we just have to let him.

Jeremiah 29:11 - "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

So if he is going to handle our crisis, how do I know that he'll do it the right way? (Yes you have really thought this! I know because I have too. We just don't like saying it out loud.) This verse attests to his promise to us. He plans to give us hope and a prosperous future. Are we willing to step back and let him give us that? This isn't as easy as it sounds because if we are going to step back, we have to give up our ideas and plans. Are you ready to give up your stuff to get His stuff?

Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Isn't it hard to give up my stuff? Well not if you follow his plan. What is that plan? This verse. Delight yourself in him. Where do you get your delight, your joy, your happiness, etc? If you are looking to him to fulfill you, then your stuff slowly becomes his stuff and it isn't so hard after all. Of course, not everything is that easy, but keep focusing on him and the rest will fall into place. The desires of your heart will be the desires of His heart. You get what He wants you to have and you are happy with that.

Isaiah 49:14-16 - But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,/ the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast /and have no compassion on the child she has borne? /Though she may forget, /I will not forget you! /See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; /your walls are ever before me.

Sometimes we forget that God is really watching out for us and paying attention to us. We all have had those times. When we do, let's remember what he said here. We are on his hands. Every time he looks at his hands, he sees you. Your "walls" (face) is always before him. He can't look away from you. He can't forget you!

Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the Lord/ will renew their strength./ They will soar on wings like eagles;/ they will run and not grow weary, /they will walk and not grow faint.

And when the road gets long and the days get hard, remember this. Put your hope in him. Put your focus on Him. Put yourself into His hands and you can make it through.

Which verse speaks to you? Which verse will help you get to the next step? Memorize it, so you will always have it with you.

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