I do not know about you, but I have never met a single individual who has not faced some sort of problem during their lifetime. We all have our "valleys" that we must travel through. Welcome to the human race.
During these times of trouble, it is so easy for things such as doubt and fear overwhelm you. It is so easy to forget the faithfulness of God and how He has brought you through valleys in the past. This is especially true if you look around and realize that regardless of your plotting and planning, there is absolutely no way you can escape this valley unless God intervenes. This is when we must learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
Oh, it is so easy during these times for our eyes to drift from the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and look at the face of the frightful enemy before us! I faced such a moment yesterday when I allowed problems I was facing in regard to my current situation to overwhelm me.
Yet, even when we take our eyes off of Jesus, He does NOT take His eyes off of us! I am so very thankful that when I cry out in fear at the darkness, I am so thankful that
the Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Psalm 103:13-14 (NLT)He understands our weaknesses ... and He forgives.
This morning, the Lord brought to mind a passage of scripture that has carried me through so much over the years. In fact, I learned a portion of it as a song when I was about 10 or 11 years old. The passage of scripture is taken from The Sermon On The Mount and is found in the sixth chapter of Matthew. May these words bless and encourage you, as they have blessed and encouraged me today.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:25-33 (KJV)
A living stone, Anita
Thanks K! Sometimes that valley feels like a bowl, no way out. I needed this reminder of how we are aided (I don't think of it as an escape) in getting back to the peaks through our loving God and His Son.