While at my desk studying and praying, I received a frantic call from someone in another state asking me to pray about the weather since the predictions do not look good. The verse to a Hymn we sing at Church came to mind:
“In heavenly Love abiding, No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me, And can I be dismayed?”
Isaiah 41:10 states “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” These words appear to me to be a promise and I will take them as such.
All my life, I had heard it said, “The devil is in the details”. It has taken spiritual growth for me to question and refute these old sayings but as I have turned more and more to God and releasing old belief, understanding has taken place. Psalm 73: 23-26 reads, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
This verse says the complete opposite! God is in the details and when we put Him first in our life, there is peace, harmony and dominion.
Below are the verses from a song sung by our soloist in Church Sunday that I felt was worth sharing.
Though I may speak with the heat of fire and have the power to inspire, but have no love, I may as well beat a rusty drum, blow an empty shell.
For I may know all there is to know and prophesy how the world will go, but have no love, then lost I am. My words are vain as grains of sand.
Love is not proud, makes no parade. Love keeps no score, love is not afraid. Love always hopes, loves always hears. Love never fails, never disappears.
Frequently, after Christmas we may feel “let down” or “spent” and maybe even a little sad, but when we turn toward God wholeheartedly, that feeling vanishes. Numbers 6:24-26 reads, “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” This verse is reassuring to me as I don’t notice an exception to the day after or day before Christmas, but Peace and Joy are always ours when our hearts are receptive to the Truth! Watch our thinking because it is apparent that negative thoughts of any kind cannot and do not come from God.
This morning as I have been reading articles from over seventy years ago about World War II, many thought the world was “going to hell in a handbasket” and that rebuilding cities appeared overwhelming. Reminded that could easily apply to thinking today, I was drawn to Psalm 46:10, which reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
As I go through the day, I will prayerfully entertain that verse in thought, when negative temptations of world affairs arise.