Day 2 (woohoo!)
Last night I attended a Bible study on Deuteronomy – I’m loving that book! I wouldn’t have ever thought that I could get so much out of that book – but Jesus is everywhere in Scripture! It is such a cool thing to seek and find Him!
Last night we talked about Deuteronomy 31:8:
It is the LORD who goes before you.
He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.
I’m quite familiar with those verses…they have been a source of comfort like many others. And last night as I sat there I thought, “Now, THAT is something to rejoice about!”
It was like the big picture for me. I thought about 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way, in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience, and kindness; in the Holy spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying and yet we live on; beaten and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
In all those things – good and bad – God is with Paul…God is with us. And reading that list puts some perspective on my struggles. Reading or watching the news does too. But I don’t think that God ever says, “Have you seen those other people? What they are going through? Seriously, you are going to stress about your little problems!?” In fact I’m positive it’s not in there.
In God’s eyes we are valuable and precious and loved.
…Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you. Isaiah 43:4
And every one of our challenges and difficulties is important to Him. Every one.
All this is not something new to me…I know that God doesn’t leave me or forsake me, but I think often I feel that God must be tired of me…tired of my struggles, sadness, and sins….maybe He is annoyed with me not being in a better place…maybe He is frustrated that I can’t just seem to be happy about things.
Not true! Not true at all!
He doesn’t think those things at all! He loves me with an everlasting love…an unconditional love. He sees all our struggles, hears all our prayers and pleading, knows all the hurts and fears, and still He loves us unconditionally…that means that He doesn’t get tired of us ever.
When God says that He will never leave us or forsake us, that he really means it! He really means that He isn’t going to leave our side…He doesn’t begrudgingly stay with us.
I have only to look at the cross to know that.
Who would sacrifice so much to be near me? Who would die so that I might live with Him? Who would bear such scorn and sorrow, so I can find joy and hope? Noone but Jesus!
And THAT is definitely something to rejoice about!
I’m rejoicing this Monday morning that my God is going before me today and every day. I’m rejoicing that He is with me. I’m rejoicing that no matter what – no matter what – God will never leave me nor forsake me! And because of that, I have no need to be afraid or discouraged by what life holds.
Lord, thank you so much for the reminder that I am never alone because you are ALWAYS with me. Thank you Father that I don’t have to be afraid or discouraged because you go before me. Nothing happens in my life that has not first passed through your hands. I can trust that You will use it for good, no matter how it feels. Thank you Father that even when it feels like everything is wonky, You are still in control. Thank you Father for another day (even if it is a Monday!) and for loving me. Thank you for the tremendous comfort of knowing I’m precious to You.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.