”I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.” John 6:35
I had the awesome privilege to attend The Word Alive Event at the Musuem of the Bible in Washington D.C.. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that I had been struggling with a lot of insecurities prior to going. The consistent feelings of being, not just alone, but ‘a loser’ were rampant in my thoughts. They were reminders of my time in St. Greg’s elementary school. Although there weren’t face to face bullying going on at the school, there was a significant amount of other methods that were utilized to make me feel bad about myself.
I didn’t even realize until that weekend in D.C. that I didn’t address those points of pain. It’s not easy to admit that, in my late 40’s, I’m struggling with issues from almost 40 years ago. But I also know that I am not alone. The things I went through are nothing in comparison to what so many others have suffered. Things that affect how they view themselves and everything and everyone around them. It can be debilitating.
“Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:9-10
Part of the struggle is that we view our lives and our hurts through human eyes. When we do this, especially for those that have deep hurts, we can find ourselves in a perpetual cycle of doubt and depression. We live by the words of friends and family. Of one ‘expert’ after another. Although they all may have our well-being at the forefront of what they do, only One can truly make us whole.
‘The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’ Psalm 34:18
By no means am I saying that getting counseling and venting with friends isn’t ok or maybe even necessary (I went through counseling too), what I am saying is that we need God to be in the midst of it. It is with Him and through Him that we see the Truth. It is with Him and through Him that we will find a sustaining strength. And it is with Him and through HIS eyes that we know who we are. We are sons and daughters of the Most High God and He loves us.
‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ Isaiah 40: 29-31
The Bible, the Truth of who God is, is full of all these promises and points of guidance for us in our everyday lives. They help give us HOPE in times of trouble. It’s all too easy to listen to the doubters who think that the Bible was ‘just’ written by men. Sure, God used men to physically write these words. But they were created and written by the Holy Spirit. These words that are truly alive and relevant to today.
I love the words of Isaiah 40: 29-31. Words that tell us that God will give us strength when we feel like we are teeter tottering, unable to get through the next hurdle. He will give us power to get through the dark days. But when we HOPE (bind together/wait upon) in the Lord we renew (cause to spring up) our strength. We will not only stop stumbling, we will soar like an eagle!
How awesome is our God?!
I tend to find things out the hard way and this is one of them… it is the Word of God that gives us strength. When we go through difficult days we have these promises to go to. To hold onto. I even tend to remind God that He promised them to me! 😂 And He’s OK with that. In fact, I’d say He’d encourage us to do that. Why? Because when we speak those words to Him it is a reminder of the promise in our own hearts.
“Remember Lord, YOU promised that You will NEVER leave me or forsake me”
”God, YOU are Yahweh Nissi -The Lord is my banner. I need you to go before me in this situation.”
And the list goes on….
Friend, go to Him. Go to Him in prayer and go to Him in His Word. It is His LOVE LETTER to us. It is our daily bread, to give us sustenance in our lives, to give us HOPE every day. To help us see that His mercies are new every morning.
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13
With lots of love and in Jesus’ precious name,
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