“But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
- a memory or recollection
- a thing kept or given as a reminder or in commemoration of someone.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that BELIEVE to the saving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:32, 35-39 KJV
Prayer changes my perspective most every single time. Notice, I said “most.” There have been times, I confess, I have laid down my heavy napsack of burdens and worries in prayer, only to pick it right back up again after carefully laying out my petitions before the Lord. As if it was one of my clingy toddlers back when they insisted on being glued to my hip, as I attempted to cook. A familiarity.
Everyone can agree there is a feeling of uncertainty in the air – so thick that it could be sliced with a butter knife. Quite a few are wondering what will come next in this new chapter of their lives.
I was reminded this morning not to worry, as I woke up in the early morning hours and found my mind wondering, again, towards the “panic mode” the world is currently in. I confess, it tried to get a hold of me. The picture of the almost emptied shelves in the grocery store yesterday will forever be burned into my memory.
But instead of focusing on the bad and the negative, we need to remember the good God has already done. The verse of scripture that filtered into my prayers, was the one on REMEMBRANCE.
It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God!
“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.
GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.
When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.
Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way:”
All through scripture, the children of Israel were instructed to REMEMBER the good works God had performed in their lives.
Remember the times past when He paid the bills, even if they were a little late? And somehow, there was always food on the table? He works by the skin of our teeth, So often!
I’m speaking to myself here—Through these tests, the “trying of my faith,” God is teaching me to walk by faith and not by sight! If I go by what I’m seeing right now, I may get a little squirrelly….
God knows we all are human and are very concerned for the future. This fretting often times causes us to forget what He has already done for us. Journaling is almost like building a memorial, in my opinion, like what the children of Israel did each time God blessed or did something that changed their life. This is one of the reasons I have journaled in the past. Taking a fresh look at the blessings He has done for me personally through the years, renews my faith and perspective. I really need to get back to doing that!
Bethel, formerly called Luz, was where Jacob dreamed of a ladder that reached from earth to heaven with the angels of God ascending and descending on it. (How cool that would be to witness?!) Where God spoke to him, blessed him, and where a pillar was erected from the stone he laid his head upon to sleep.
Genesis 28:12 KJV
May those stones of memorial be a sign among us, that will serve as a reminder of God’s token of love toward us. When our children ask in time to come, “What mean ye by these stones?” We shall respond in turn, “They are memories of how we endured, which grew our faith strong!”
If God has done it before, He can do it again! I know that whatever I have to go through or endure, my God has already planned it in my life. I pray for HIS WILL to be done, and God will take care of the rest!
Do I get antsy in weak moments? Sure I do! I can’t help it. I’m human. We all are. But we can and will stand strong and focused on Him through these trying times! Because we have each other as fellow believers to lean upon, as our own personal cheerleaders and prayer partners! And to remind us that….
The “worst” is never the worst!
Dear Lord Jesus, we are humbly asking for your help to remember all the good things you have already done for us. Let these memorials come up as platelets before us and serve as a reminder that you always come through! No matter what! You remain in control. Please help calm our every fear and help our faith to grow stronger! Keep our families and blogging community safe, fed and healthy! In Jesus Name we pray, amen!