It is very clear to me once again that trials and struggle that come with huge amounts of change produce one great result in my life: a return to the basics. The basics of my faith and the basics of truth. I return to those habits and comforts that should ALWAYS be a part of my daily existence. But why is it that when things become “better” and more comfortable, we get so embarrassingly laaaazzzyyyy!
Why is it that I have to “relearn” these things again and again, it seems? Sometimes, I find myself thinking, “I cannot take that to God yet AGAIN!” But my failures cannot be escaped and my escape route cannot be changed. There is only one.
It’s important to NOT focus on the failure. I do that all too often. I think we all do but I know that is somewhat by design…
Satan’s strategy is portrayed very effectively in C. S. Lewis’ book the Screwtape Letters: he gets Christians to become preoccupied with their failures; from then on the battle is won by Satan. That makes me MAD!!! And I refuse to lose THAT battle! I have all I need to not be overwhelmed and taken down by Satan by having my own feeble thoughts used against me.
So here are a few truths that have been my lifeline over the past few weeks and months…
• Christ provides all I need. His truth reassures my soul.
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13&14 NIV
• The Lord is trustworthy and there is no room for fear.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
• Continue to be thankful in trials.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 NIV
• Don’t run around from friend-to-friend, person-to-person, asking advice and desiring consolation.
“But seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness” Matthew 6:33 a NIV
• I serve the one, true God. The Maker of the Universe. The Great I Am.
“You are my witnesses, Is there any God beside me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” Isaiah 44:8b NIV
This is a bit of the truth where I live everyday. This is the foundation that cannot be shaken. This is the hope that provides my deep peace.
So humbled. So grateful.