Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’”
Have you ever had an issue that you prayed about and thought you’d given it to God, but in reality you held onto it and worried about it? For months, I have been praying about a certain issue that has to do with money. I have prayed and prayed and fasted and prayed and WORRIED about this matter. I gave the issue to God then picked it up and carried it. This issue has caused me so much worry that I believe it has affected my health adversely. I think about it before I go to sleep at night and I think about it when I wake up in the morning. I have faith that God will take care of it but I want to know when, where and how; but that is not how God works.
This morning I was reminded that, at some point, everyone has issues with faith: ministers, pastors, teachers, church goers, etc. Whenever we feel disconnected or that our faith is not intact, we should remind ourselves of what God said. That is why it is so important to read the bible every day and spend time in worship every day. We need to make time for God just like we make time for everything else. If we make reading the bible, praying, and communing with God a priority, it will help us stay on track or get back on track if we find ourselves losing hope in God.
To be honest, my stomach has been tied up in knots over this issue. As soon as I started typing this message, a feeling of calm washed over me. I know that God is with me, He hears me, and He will help me with the issue I’ve been worrying over. I need to leave it with Him and do what I can in the meantime. God is not in the business of leaving us to fend for ourselves. He said, “I will never fail you… [or] abandon you.” He will make a way. He will show up!
I challenge you today to make time to read the bible every day – make an appointment with yourself to do so and stick with it.
(If you would like a copy of the 25 day challenge to read excerpts of the bible given out by my pastor, Ramone Griffith, I’d be happy to pass the link on to you.)
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