When we are confronted with bad news concerning ourselves or a loved one, our initial reaction can be one of fear, grief, disbelief or despondency. Our hearts can ache and become heavy with anxiety or worry. Our spirits can feel extremely burdened and emptied of life. A deep darkness can prevail over us and threaten to take over and trap us in the lair of the enemy. If we aren't careful we can find ourselves plunged deep into a depressive state and sinking fast.
We can allow the seed of fear to take deep root in our minds and wreak extreme havoc with our thought process. If we don't take those negative thoughts captive, we give ourselves over to the enemy and give him a huge foothold to hoist himself up and over and right into our lives.
When we are faced with hard situations in our lives, we would do well to immediately take it to the Throne of God. Lay it at the feet of Jesus the very moment we receive it. The God of creation is the only one who can do anything about it anyway, so why would we dare take it anywhere but to Him?
Our God cares about the things that concern us. He cares about our lives. He cares about our worries. He cares about our troubles and our fears.
"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD"
"I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait,
and in His Word do I hope"
His precious and Holy Word tells us over and over again that He hears our cries and that He listens to our petitions. It tells us that He is concerned with the things that weigh heavy on our hearts and our minds. He knows that we are going to worry, otherwise He wouldn't tell us in His Word not to do so.
He is aware that in our flesh we can't handle the curve balls that life throws us. But He knows that when we rely on His strength and His power, we can have peace in those situations. Sweet peace from a very sweet and loving God.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God."
We can obtain peace through the awesome power of His written Word. He is the peace giver. When things happen that cause us to be unsettled of spirit, the wind of His peace will blow gently over us if we allow it to.
It doesn't mean that the circumstances are always going to change. It doesn't mean that things are going to automatically get better. But it does mean that we can allow ourselves to be unmoved and unwavering in our FAITH during those trying times. Because regardless of the situation or the outcome, God is faithful. His faithfulness is a given. It is not dependent upon a good report or favorable news. His faithfulness is only dependent upon the fact that 'He Is'.
"Faithful is He that calleth you, who will also do it"
(1 Thessalonians 5:24)
So, when we are faced with uncertainty or when a period of testing comes our way, we can be assured of one thing. Our God is faithful. All the time.
We can lay our burdens at His feet. We can lay our heads in His Holy lap. And we can allow Him to send a river of peace to flow through our spirits. A river that will soothe and comfort that restless and poisonous fear like nothing else or no one else can. A gentle river of faithfulness that will cover our every worry.
No matter what, He will walk beside us every step of the way. Guiding and leading us down the path of His will. Bestowing sweet mercy and grace and peace upon us and proving Himself to be Faithful and True.
God, you are so good to us. You give us far more than we deserve and you give it with such perfect love. You are the peace giver. You are the Faithful and True God. You comfort and soothe us and grant us rest in your arms when we cry out to you in desperation. In the midst of hard times, we turn to you and lift our hearts and hands in praise of who you are. And always.... you are faithful.