Psalm 56: 3&4 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
I came home this week from vacation to two adolescent children fighting, family verbally abusing each other, health challenges with distant family and friends, and an increased work load. At a certain point the mind, body and spirit can only take so much. Before I knew it, my demeanor and own mental health began to deteriorate. You see this Chrisitan journey softens the heart. It softens the heart towards our children’s strife with each other that they can only see to resolve it by getting physical one with the other. It softens our heart when we hear that the hardships with family causes them, in anger, to verbally abuse each other. It softens the heart to hear of health challenges for another, that helps us recall our own mortality. The mind, body and spirit, are convicted on sensory overload and begins to scream this is too much when with all that and work assignments added on, everything becomes overwhelming.
Yet, the songwriter Anthony Brown said it best, I Will Trust in You. You see in this Psalm, David had been captured by the Philistines in Gaith. David turns to God. Thank you Jesus. David knows and is present, conscious, and aware enough to turn to God. Trusting in God’s care during His fear. When all seemed dark in captivity, one truth Daivd knew still shines bright. When God is for us, those against us will never succeed. He asked God to be merciful, for His compassion and care during this time. The Philistines were fighting him daily. They were trying to stop him from going forward. May I share that what I experienced on last week was a fight. A fight of survival for my mind to stay on Jesus. For my body to continue to go forward each day regardless of how I felt about each of the situations I described. A fight for my spirit to stay joyful and on the goodness of God. All He is, does and has done for me each yearly rotation here on this earth that He has allowed me to see and partake in thus far. It was difficult last week saints. Yet I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me as it states in Philippians 4:13.
Verse two speaks of the David’s enemies looking to defeat him or swallow him up. It was too many of them y’all for him to defeat. He told on them like a child does to His Father. You remember as a kid how if your sibling, cousin, or anyone was picking on you, you would go tell an adult, mom, or dad. I remember my cousin Sean always doing something, and I would tell my aunt Veola. Or she would constantly hear me telling him to stop. She would then proceed to tell him to stop because she got tired of hearing me yelling for him to stop. I can laugh at that now saints. Back then though, it was not funny. It felt as if the trials of this world were on my shoulders because he played so much, and I was not interested. With the trials of this past week upon me back-to-back, dart after dart, that pressure, that call out to Jesus was back again. The unfortunate thing is in my flesh and trying to fix it on my own I did not call out to God immediately. I kept going. Saints I kept going and going like the energizer bunny until I looked up and noticed, I was irritable, frustrated and snapping at those around me. It was all out of worry, stress.
Worry about parenting. Worry about family dwelling together in unity. Worry about health. Worry about work assignments getting completed. And I know saints I Peter 5:7, Cast your cares on Him, as He cares for you. With all this going on around me, my trust is in Him. May I share on Friday, when I had had enough as I drove home it dawned on me to pray. You see, my senses had become overloaded and I was not able to exhibit Christlike character. Alone in my car, I prayed. His peace descended upon my mind, body and spirit. I visited my mother. I went home took a bath. Talked with my family and went to bed. I got up the next day, refreshed. My mind stayed on Him. I went swimming, to the hot tub, and sat in the sauna. Taking my time with my Daddy. Time that David had while he too was in captivity. You see saints that alone time with Christ is necessary to defeat the enemy. The enemy of strife, fear, worry, doubt, disharmony, anger, frustration, and irritability. Out trust in Him, allows us to take it all and put it on His shoulders, in His hands, at His feet, at His throne. Casting it upon Him. This flesh wants to help God out. However, this flesh is human and weak. No person can rob us of our soul or our future beyond this life. We can do much harm to ourselves when we do not take it all to Him. The addictions and distractions that this world has to offer. The worst thing we can do is reject Jesus and lose our eternal future. Jesus said, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, Matthews 10:28. Instead let us fear God , have reverence for Him, who should control this life and next. Trials of this life will come. However, let us not lose sight of the eternal life that our God promises. Let us trust in Him. Today tomorrow, and forever more.
I’m reminded of the book of Esther. It says how she fasted and prayed to God before going before the king to ask that he save the Jewish people. It sates in Chapter 4 verse 16. Her senses being bombarded with the ask of her uncle and the people, the pressure to do the bidding of others. She, Esther, the Queen, had presence of mind to stop the noise. Get still and silent and go before the Lord our God. Go before the Lord our God and hear from Him. What He shall have her to do. Putting her trust in God. The answer, the solution, the one who grants eternal life. See saints these earthly trials will come. The reward for one challenge is the next one is surely on its way. However, know that we already have the victory when we put our trust in Him. Amen.
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Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.