Hi! Happy Thursday! I’m so glad that all of you have come back to check out what I have to say this week! This week I’m going to be talking about a verse that I’ve started to hold close to my heart during this trying season. The verse is Psalm 46:10. In this verse, God reminds us that we are not in control of the situation we are facing, and for those of you like me-the ultimate control freak- that can sound a little overwhelming, but we are supposed to find refuge in the fact that we are not in control and He is.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” This verse reminds us that God is in control and He will carry us through the darkness. Even when it seems like the situation we are in isn’t honoring God, it is, because He knows exactly what you’re facing, and He’s using this situation to grow you in your faith or push you to your spiritual limits.
Sometimes we face seasons in our lives that seem unsure, unfair, and outright angering. Sometimes we don’t know why things are happening and we can’t possibly find any good in the situation that God has placed before us. This often causes us (or at least me) to become angry with the situation, the people around us, ourselves, and even God. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, your parents are getting divorced, or you’re having to move to a new school with people you’ve never met before in the middle of high school; here we are, facing a challenging time in our lives that we don’t understand. It seems like God has abandoned us and has left us hanging out to dry on the clothesline of life, but the Bible tells us that God has not and will not abandon us. Matthew 10:29 reminds us that God will never leave us, “What is the cost of two sparrows- one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” God watches each and every bird in the sky, and he knows when even ONE of them falls from the sky, but aren’t we more to our Maker than a sparrow? The Bible plainly says in Genesis 1:27, “So God created human beings in His own image…” therefore, doesn’t God value us more than a few birds? Well, if we continue reading in Matthew 10:30-31 the Bible states that we absolutely are! Matthew 10:30-31 says, “And the very hairs on your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Key words at the end of that verse, “So don’t be afraid…” God is still there even when we feel like we’re walking alone through the unsure seasons of our lives. God tells us not to be afraid because He is there with us through every situation and every downfall that we may face. Maybe the seasons of uncertainty and change that we are facing is opening doors to other things that we can’t see yet. God may be preparing us for something to come in the future. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”
Sometimes the hardest seasons in our lives produce the sweetest results. They make us stronger, demand that we learn to rely on Christ, and cause us to trust the purpose that God has for our lives. When I was younger, in junior high school, the church that I had attended since the third grade or longer, split apart. I was confused; I was angry; I was hurt. I didn’t understand how God could do this to me and my friends. However, after being out of church for a while, one of my friends invited me to a Wednesday night at Aliceville FBC, and I finally felt at home. I felt like I belonged somewhere, and I’ve been there ever since. Church became a priority again instead of something I did out of habit, and I’ve learned so much since I’ve been there. This is just one of many examples of where God has used a challenging time in my life to grow my faith, strengthen relationships in my life, start new relationships, and it helped me to return to Him truly instead of just playing church like I had been for years.
As I wrap up for the week, I want to leave you with some encouragement for when you face a trying season of your life. James 1:12 tells us what happens when we lean on Him during our times of trial and tribulation. James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown on life that God has promised to those who love Him.” God uses trials to stretch our faith. He pushed our limits and demands that we turn to Him in seasons that feel uncertain and scary. God wants us to run to Him when we feel like we don’t have anywhere to go. He wants us to lean on Him when we feel like we can’t take another step. Hold strong in your faith, and know that He is working this out for your good, even when it seems like nothing good could ever come out of your situation.
Thanks for checking out my post today. I hope you all enjoyed it and got some encouragement out of this. I hope that you all have a great week as we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Don’t forget to come back next week for Lacey’s post, like this post, comment, and share this post!
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