Good morning. It is Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
No matter where you are in your spiritual walk with God, He has a plan for you. When I think of God's plan I often think of Jeremiah.
We love to quote Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
It was not until recently, after hearing a pastor speak, that it really sank in...God is not talking to you and me here, He was talking to the people of Judah who were being exiled to Babylon, and, He was not telling them that they would not have troubles and hardships; He was telling them to find peace in the midst of it all.
Even so, I believe we can also apply this to our lives!
We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
I believe the overall message still rings true for us. If we are residents of planet earth, until it is made new, we will have trouble; we will have heartache and pain; we will have struggles, but we need to find peace in the midst of it all. Only Jesus can offer that true peace.
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
It is so easy to let our hearts be troubled. We fret about money and finances, health and weight, children and grandchildren...we worry, worry, worry. But why?? Perhaps it is because we have not seen God work in our lives. Perhaps, like the children of Israel we forget all too soon the miraculous things God has done for us. Perhaps our faith is not strong enough. It really does not matter the reason, we are told not to worry!
"Do not be anxious (worry) about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
I am mostly good in this area. I do have a very strong faith! I have seen God work time and time again. I know He can and I know He does, but sometimes...
Not too long ago my bank took a lot of money out of my checking account to pay off my husbands VISA.
He had passed away and they wanted their money. So, without warning, they practically drained my account.
I had been let go from my job, I was not working at the time and had taken money from my retirement account just to stay afloat and now it was practically gone. And my husband had passed away 3 weeks prior. I was devastated.
I will be honest, I went into full-blown panic! Instead of automatically going to God with a trusting attitude, I went to my knowledge and understanding and it was not pretty.
How am I going to fix this? How am I going to pay my mortgage? My electricity? All my bills? Why is this happening to me?! I was angry. I was hurt.
Did you notice that?
"I", "my", "me'. Instead of "You Father", "He", "His".
I tried calling my local branch, but after holding for over 15 minutes, with my heart pounding, I decided to drive the 20 minutes to town.
I felt let down. Why God? Why? Like King David I was asking God why.
Psalm 22 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest."
On my way to town, I suddenly heard that still, small voice, (even quieter because of all the panic going on in my head) tell me "Jeanette...shhhh...everything is going to be okay. I will work this out for you. Calm down; be kind."
By the time I got to the local branch my heart was not pounding but I still could see no end in sight. I walked in and with tears flowing down my cheeks and a lump the size of a golf ball in my throat I explained the situation to a couple of tellers. They knew me and I knew them and they promised the manager, who was not available, would call me back. I had no other choice but to drive home and wait.
When we spoke I explained to her how a branch in a different town had taken the money, how I would not be able to pay my mortgage let alone any of my bills, how I had just paid for a cremation and I did not have employment.
I was kind but I laid it all out. I offered to continue making payments on the VISA. She said that was not possible. I practically begged her but since Wendell had passed they needed to close the account.
She promised to speak to higher-ups and call me back the next day. The next day she called to tell me that she needed to talk to 2 or 3 other departments but would call me back. Three days later she called. Not only had they put all the money back in my account, but they had closed Wendell's VISA and had 'forgiven' the loan. Can you imagine?? I was so grateful I cried and cried. I could hardly thank her.
God cares! He cares for the big things and He cares for the little things. And He never ceases to amaze me! Even when I panic, even when I do not go to Him first, even though sometimes my faith is very small, He continues to care and provide. He continues to help me. What a Father!!
Isaiah 41:13 NIV "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
So, in the midst of troubles and trials, try to find peace in the midst of it all.
Have a blessed day and remember, Jesus loves you and He is coming soon!