Updated: Aug 19, 2021
From Monday, March 8, 2021.
I would like to share with you this morning 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
Is He your comfort in times of trouble? He certainly is mine.
There was a time, not too long ago, when I was suffering from terrible anxiety. My husband was dying, I had been let go from my job of 28 years due to missing too much work taking care of him. I was told it was causing the company too much stress, and just like that, with no warning I was let go; asked to clean out my desk and hand in my key. I had two weeks of medical insurance left in the month, a brand new mortgage payment and a dying spouse of 36 years. To say I was devastated would be an understatement.
I questioned God. How am I going to do this Lord?!
Anxiety set in. Doubt set in. My self-worth was attacked. I felt "let down" for lack of better words.
It was at this time that I began journaling. I am sure it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit but I felt compelled to look for the blessings in my life and find the promises in scripture and so it began.
On a Tuesday, in mid October 2020 I wrote "There are hard days. Wendell is dying and I have already started the grieving process I'm sure. Seeking God's favor and will more in my life and asking for Scripture promises. Today a flock of ravens visited the property. I love these birds; the way they move from place to place throughout the woods. They drank from my water bucket."
I then felt the urge to look for scripture regarding these black birds and so I googled Bible promises regarding Ravens. This is what I found, and I wrote:
"Luke 12:24 "Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?"
I can't tell you how much comfort that brought me. I thanked God, not only for bringing the ravens to my property that morning, but for the wonderful promise that I had found in scripture.
I discovered that writing Bible promises was the one thing, and only thing, that brought me total peace during this time. My heart would pound. My mind was a mess. I felt doom and dread and darkness, EXCEPT when I was journaling Bible promises.
Friend, if you are going through some trial in your life, trust God. If you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, trust God. I only know what worked for me, but perhaps it will work for you too. Pick up your Bible, find those promises, write them down and claim them! God is too good to leave you hurting. He wants to comfort you. He will comfort you!
My desk calendar for today is Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah, Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee."
Indeed. Nothing is too hard for God!
By the way, one morning sitting in my living room, it had been about 2 weeks after my firing, I was having my morning worship and talking to God about my intense hurt and disappointment and suddenly I heard that still, small voice ask me "Jeanette, what if you could know this was my will for your life and not your employer's?"
I answered immediately, "Then I would be totally fine with it Lord." And from that moment to this very moment, I have a deep peace about the whole situation.
Going back to 2 Corinthians 1:3,4...friend, I want to comfort you with the same comfort God gave to me. I want to encourage you. If you are dealing with a job loss. If you are dealing with a death or financial hardship, trust God! Find those scriptures that speak to your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11 is another favorite of mine "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."
Claim it! He is trustworthy. God cannot lie. He loves you, and more importantly, He knows the plans He has for you. When you can't see the way, just pray "Father, I am scared, I am hurt. I don't see the outcome or the way out of this situation, but I know you do. I trust you to work this out for me. Amen!"
I pray you have a blessed day, and remember friend: Keep looking up! Jesus is coming soon!