Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Our Fears - God's Sovereignty

Deuteronomy 31:8 - "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

"Do not be afraid" - God states these words over and over again in his Word.  I once thought of myself as something other than a fearful person.  Compared to many people, I am not, but when I am completely honest with myself and with God, I have to admit I do have fear in my life.

Okay, confession time!  I am dreadfully afraid of snakes.  I also experience claustrophobia at times but this is improving.  Another fear I deal with is the fear of heights.  In high places, I can become somewhat disoriented, dizzy and sometimes overwhelmed.  I have actually experienced a panic attack while driving on a very high, crooked road from Durango, Colorado to Silverton.

God spoke to me very clearly one morning recently as I read the devotional and Scripture from Jesus Calling.  When God says, "Do not be afraid," that is exactly what He means.  God is Omnipresent and He is Sovereign.  He has shown me that He is in control of even my greatest fears.  He knows where the snakes are hiding (the sneaky things!) and He is even in control of snakes.  Because He is Sovereign and in control, I need not fear.  He made the beautiful, tall mountains and He is there when we are driving through the high and narrow roads that overlook the valleys below, so I should not fear.  He is there when I find myself in a closed-in space like an elevator or MRI. 

He WILL deliver me from my fears.  It is a matter of trust.  When I truly believe that He is Sovereign, my fears will fade away.

Lord, deliver me from all my fears.  You are there (Omnipresent).  You are in control (Sovereign).  Help me trust You.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Be Still Before the Lord

Such a fast paced world we live in!  Do we ever really get still?  God's Word tells us, commands us, to be still.

Zechariah 2:13 - "Be still before the Lord, all mankind."

Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God."

How will we ever really know God if we do not get still before Him?  I don't believe we will.  To grow and mature in our Christian lives, we must know who He is.  The more we know about His character, His power, His strength, His love, His mercy and His grace, the more we want to know.

The more we learn about the awesomeness of God, the smaller we seem - the more insignificant we become.  It really is all about who He is - it's not about me!

"Be still and know that I am God."  Learn to be still in His presence.  Practice being still before Him - it will not just happen.  We have to make the effort, make the choice, to be quiet and still before Him.  Learn to listen to Him through His Word and you will begin to know who God really is.

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 29:13-14a)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Isn't God Good?!!

Have you ever noticed when someone dies or we lose something, a baby is often born or something new comes into our lives?  Isn't God good?!!

God takes our hurts and our losses and gives us something new and alive.  He is All-sufficient and He is always good.  He knows our hurts and our griefs and He cares.  "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." (Psalm 34:8)  "The LORD is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made." (Psalm 145:9)

When a marriage ends, it is a loss and our family is experiencing this right now.  True to God's goodness, our only granddaughter, Kaylee, got engaged Sunday night to Colton - her best friend.  We are all so excited and I could not help but see God's hand in the timing.  In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, Solomon says, "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven . . . . . . . a time to mourn and a time to dance."  I think it is time to dance!  Isn't God good?!!

Colton and Kaylee