“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
I am terrible at answering my phone, honestly just because I strongly dislike (okay, I just didn’t want to say “hate”) talking on the phone. If it’s a number I don’t recognize, there is zero chance I’m going to answer it. If it’s a number I do know, I take stock for a moment before answering ( sorry Trent!) It really is a character flaw, and something I need to work on.
As I write this though, I am thankful God isn’t the same way! God lets us know in a simple, matter of fact way that if we call on Him, He will answer. Simple as that. No questions asked. No taking stock before answering that call, just an answer. You cannot get more to the point than that, call on me, and I will answer.
We are also told that He will be with us in trouble. Every heard the saying “when it rains, it pours.” Doesn’t that seem to apply to life.. a lot?! I know that every morning when I wake up, unsure of what the day holds for me, He is already with me. He walks through every moment of every day, right beside me. In the good and the bad. On the mountain, and in the valley. No matter what, He is with us!
Thank you for always being with me God. Thank you for always answering when I call or cry out to You. You are an Incredible God, and knowing You are as close as the mention of Your name gives me peace.
“The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.”
This world understands very little of what unconditional love really is. We can allow hurt and unforgiveness to change how we feel about a person. Bitterness and resentment can cloud a once clear mind, and make you act unreasonably and unfairly. I am so glad that God loves me unconditionally. Nothing can separate me from His love, absolutely nothing. No matter the mistake, His love never changes.
Do I love Him the same though? Do unanswered prayers affect how I feel toward my Savior? Is our relationship strictly take, instead of give and take? Do I expect every prayer to be answered in a timely manner before I thank Him and give Him the praise He deserves? Sometimes we need to ask the tough questions, the ones that humble us and sometimes make us realize our priorities may be a little off.
Our love will never be perfect, not until we reach the pearly gates. But we can sure try our absolute best on this earth. If we love Him He will rescue us, and if we trust in His name He will protect us. Sounds pretty simple right? We humans have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be though, so we struggle with this from time to time. Let’s make a choice today, as empowered women of God to check our priorities, and to trust only in His name – Jesus!
I am thankful for Your love today God. It reaches farther than the ocean and is more vast than all of the galaxies of stars combined. You are my Savior, and I always want to keep you number one in my life. Help me to stay faithful today, and to trust only in Your name Jesus.
“Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.”
I love how we are reminded yet again in this passage of scripture that is our choice to make the Lord our refuge and shelter. We cry out in frustration “God, where are you? Why have you left me?” when in reality we are the ones who have drifted from His presence and spending time in His word.
Living for God is a daily choice, not something that simply falls into our lap. Either I am going to give in to the fear, or I am going to stand firm with Christ as my foundation. I’m either going to struggle in my faith, or I will live a life that believes God can move mountains! The state of this world cannot make these decisions for me, for chaos and disaster would surely follow. But if I live a life surrendered to the King of Kings, only goodness and mercy will follow me ALL the days of my life.
Which do you choose today? Open your eyes and take in the full picture. Fear and anxiety, or faith and victory?
I pray that you would help me to see beyond what is right in front of me God. I will lift my eyes unto the hills, because my help comes only from You. You are my refuge and my shelter today, and I thank You for that!