By Marni Montanez
Psalm 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.
God knows all about us and what we will be dealing with way before we do and He is quick to come to our rescue at any time. Each of us have felt alone or abandoned when it seemed our world had been shattered by bad news.
In these times when darkness overshadows our circumstances and we canít see the hope we so desperately need, God comes into the center of our pain and weakness and faithfully holds us up. He comes in the way that He knows we will respond to and receive. His resources are endless. God can and will use whatever method necessary to reach us. It may be in a phone call or a letter or email from a friend; It may use a stranger on the street who speaks the life giving words we need in that moment; It may be that His Holy Spirit visits us and reveals His awesome presence of love and acceptance. The times God has revealed Himself to me when I was in a place of despair or fear are immeasurable.
The Bible says that Jesus went around healing and restoring people. He embraced all who sincerely came to Him.
We live in a world where we need constant restoration. Our energy is zapped by the drama and chaos built into everyday life.
God is never bothered by our need for Him; He desires it. He is a God who rushes to our defense and loves us wholeheartedly and without condition.
The strength and peace God gives refreshes and renews us; It lights up the way and helps us to hope again.
Nobody knows what you need like God does, not even yourself.
He is your Creator and He created you for a specific purpose. He wants us to depend on Him and trust Him for our tomorrows.
Challenge: When you feel you are crumbling beneath the pressure of circumstances, cry out to God and receive HIs strength and peace. Allow Godís presence to take over. Let Him love you.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.