MOVING FORWARD ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
What a year 2020 has been so far! Our country is experiencing pain and difficulty right now in so many ways. These challenges have stretched all of us, even strong believers, uncomfortably, and many have experienced various types of physical, financial and emotional trauma. It is easy to understand why some feel jaded and without hope. Words fail in the aftermath of massive layoffs and lost loved ones due to the pandemic and racial injustices; and so much in such a short period of time! I am beginning to wonder when the next disaster will strike. How much more can we take? Where is the cure and comfort for all of our wounds?
I am so thankful that our Father understands all of these feelings and has comfort for us during these difficult and painful times. He has provided everything we need; our job is to believe his words, regardless of feelings and appearances, and receive his love and comfort.
So in my sickness I say,
"Lord, be my kind healer.
Heal my body and soul; heal me, God!"
Take a good look at me, God, and answer me!
Breathe your life into my spirit. Bring light to my eyes in
this pitch-black darkness or I will sleep the sleep of death.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the
mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters
roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.
Do not be anxious about anything, but, in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
The Healer is here! He is powerfully alive and well and waiting for us to go to him in quietness and trust, where we can receive rest for our souls.