The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7 (NASB)
These last two months have been a real tough one for me. Both Steve and I started the year with a cold, vertigo, sinuses and bronchitis. I was laid up on bed for a month and while recovering from our bout of illnesses, we got the stomach bug. You know, it is enough to lose your marbles. During the time I was laid up on bed, I kept thinking what went wrong? I had my year planned out but it is not going as I have planned it out. Those of you who are planners know exactly what I am talking about. I kept saying, “Not Again Lord!” I am tired of being sick. So many people have the stomach bug, flu or a cold but I was tired of being sick again.
Many times I would speak to myself saying, “Ambica, what caused God to be ticked off at you?” even though I know that is a lie because of who I am in Christ, and God sees me righteous even when I am rebellious towards Him. I just couldn’t understand why my year began in such a terrible way. Steve and I love Don Moen songs. Most of the time we will play his songs before we fall asleep. During my time, “Hiding Place” really ministered to me because I needed His mercy and grace to see me through this time.
I love the Psalms and they are a great comfort to me whenever I am not at my best, which is very often because I still live in this flesh. Psalm 28 is about a prayer for help and praise for His answer. How comforting to know that no matter what comes our way, He is our hiding place, He is our strength, He upholds us, He is our shield and He protects us. Here the psalmist, even though his circumstances were not good, showed confidence in God and magnified His name. How wonderful to pray and thank God in advance for answered prayers.
When we are down, it is so easy to play the pity party because it is fun, but as believers in Jesus Christ we are raised in Christ, we are no longer of this world and He is always present in our lives. How wonderful when the saints let us know that they are praying for us. They have gone and still are going before the throne of grace on our behalf. I wish that I could say that I am so at peace every time that I fall ill, to be honest, I get frustrated, annoyed and very impatient, but God in His grace and mercy reminds me that I am His child and nothing happens to me without His knowing. He is my heavenly Father who has my best interest at heart, whether I am in good health or sick.
My dear friend, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, please rest assured that no matter what you are going through, He is right there guiding you as you rest in Him. Sometimes we will never understand why things happened but we got to continue to trust in God.
Those of you who don’t have a relationship with Jesus, I will never say to you that once you come to him, all your problems will go away, that is far from the truth. What I can say is that He will be your strength in all that comes your way. My prayer is that you will seek Him for salvation because without salvation, there is no knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and knowing God as your heavenly Father.
Father, so many times we don’t understand why things happen to us but as your children trusting in you is what gets us through another day, another trial and another test. Thank you for all that comes my way even though I don’t understand it at times.
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