As I was flipping through the pages of my bible to follow through with Pastor’s preaching, I reached the notes section (which I rarely or never use). I know I have written it there for a great reason. It serves as a great daily reminder for our every day challenges.
It was originally about 1 Kings 19:1-12 but you may refer to the previous chapters as well to have a better understanding of what exactly happened.
Elijah was a mighty prophet but he was so afraid when Jezebel (take note, a woman) threatened to take his life after what he had done to all of Baal’s prophets.
I’d love to share the 3 things which we should ALWAYS keep in mind EVERY time we’re anxious of what’s ahead of us.
#1 God is bigger than our fears.
God is almighty. He is bigger than our greatest enemies, our worries. No matter what your fears are, always be reminded that He is a great and mighty God. There is nothing that you’re going through right now that He is not aware of.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
My mindset is always geared towards taking calculated risks. I’m no exception to the fact that sometimes I let my worries take over my thoughts and forget that fact that His time is always the perfect time.
The story of Martha and Mary on Luke. On Luke 10:41, Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:”
We have a tendency to worry on a lot things and we forget on the things that REALLY matters. Take a moment to pause, breathe and reassess your priorities. This year, I put my priorities in the following order: faith, family and work.
#2 God is bigger than our weaknesses
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
I like this verse to go hand-in-hand with Colossians 3:23 (And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;)
For the past several weeks God taught me with so much diligence. I cringed at tasks that doesn’t make my brain work. (Well, it did kinda work figuring out how to copy & paste it in a manner that would make me get rid of the task faster). But despite the terribly daunting task at hand, I conquered it. I wasn’t even thinking that it was possible with the kind of attention span that I have in handling countless number of excel cells.
Well, my life situation with undying excel cells might not equal to your world-changing problems but the point is, He’s got your back. If you think that something is impossible for you right now, think again. After I changed my priorities in life. Everything else follows along.
#3 God is good. ALL the time.
It’s no cliche. It’s the truth. God is good all the time. God’s mercy is everlasting. (Psalms 107:1) Living a Christian life isn’t about living life on earth on beds of roses. You will go through tough times. You will need to go against the waves of this fallen earth. As a matter of fact, you will see how the world has become that sinning is so normal that if you choose to be righteous in the eyes of the Lord, that you become the enemy.
But this doesn’t mean God doesn’t love you. If I haven’t encountered the toughest times in my life, I never would’ve surrendered to Him. I wouldn’t have experienced the peace that I have right now. I could’ve stayed in the hamster wheel, not having a purpose. I’m not perfect but I know I’m leaning unto someone who is unshakable. He is the rock foundation of our lives.
I would love to share this story of Joy Mendoza (whom I’ve been following because of homeschooling). For once, I never thought that she went through so much not until my husband shared her story that he saw in YouTube. Despite all that she went through, God used her to be a great blessing to others. Their testimony of faith is beyond what you can imagine.
Today, I’ll leave you with a question, what keeps you grounded during the tough times of your life? If don’t have that personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ yet, now is the best time to know more about His undying love.