“From one end of the bible to the other, God assures us that
He will never go back on His promises.”
~ Billy Graham
Not too long ago, my best friend moved away. I wasn’t aware of how alone I was, until she was no longer there. I was lost, confused, and sad. I wasn’t eating, wasn’t sleeping, and wasn’t finding joy in things I used to look forward to. Overall, my outlook on life had become dull – almost as if it had been drained of color.
One day, I was in the kitchen and I started laughing. I was laughing so hard I fell to the floor. I just sat there, laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. Then all of a sudden, my laughter turned to tears. I felt like a dam was breaking and all the sadness I had been hiding behind my mask started to come out in a flood of tears. I was unable to see beyond that moment.
But you see, dear Rose, I was forgetting a crucial part—I was forgetting that God always has a plan for us.
I had been keeping all of my pain and suffering to myself. No one knew what I was going through because I didn’t want them seeing me so broken. But worst of all, I had stopped talking to God. Have you heard the saying, “A burden shared is a burden halved”? Well that night, I decided to share my burden. I decided to give it all up and let God fight my battles for me.
“Don’t be afraid of them, for the Lord your God fights for you.”
~ Deuteronomy 3:22 (HCSB)
“ But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen
and guard you from the evil one.”
~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (HCSB)
Finding comfort in the path God has planned for you
Everyone likes to think they control their life and the things that happen instead of trusting in Him. Having faith is being content, knowing He is always there for you. His promises don’t fail – even though you can’t see Him. This is part of what makes our walk with Him so exciting!
The Bible says —
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”
~ Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)
Dear Roses, God has a plan for each and every one of us. We may not know where it will lead us, or what trials we will face along the way, but we do know that everything that happens – from the smallest joy to the indescribable hurt – has passed before the Father. He doesn’t allow hurtful things to happen to us because He doesn’t love us, but because He does, and He wants us to grow stronger in our faith. The stronger our faith becomes in Him, the more dangerous we become to the enemy. And consequently, the more trials we will face.
“Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”
~ James 1:2-4 (HCSB)
God will never leave us or forsake us. He is our Father and we are His children. He longs to protect us in His warm embrace and take us under His wing. The path God has planned for you, He plans to walk with you. No matter what life throws at you, you won’t have to face any of it alone.
What does following God’s path mean for\to you?
As we grow in faith and maturity, it is up to each of us to figure out what following God’s path means. Our faithful walk is important, not just to us as believers, but as examples to others of what following God can look like in our chaotic world.
When I think of our relationship with the Father, I am reminded of the relationship a mama bird has with her babies. She knows when they are ready to be pushed from the nest and take their first flight. In the same way, God knows when we are ready for our next step in His plan for us. Traversing this world is a tricky business if you don’t have someone to lean on and bring you back when you stray from the path.
Rose, I can’t tell you how to follow the plan God has laid out for you, or what it means to you. That is something you need to discover on your own. But I can tell you that following God is unique to each person. Just as there are never two identical snowflakes, no two walks are the same. All you have to do is find yours.
“God does not call us to follow His commands to their logical conclusion.
He calls us to follow them to their illogical result.”
~ Brian Logue
God’s not going anywhere
There is so much proof in both the Old Testament and the New, that we aren’t going to have to do any of this alone.
“Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.”
~ Deuteronomy 7:9 (HCSB)
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
~ 2 Timothy 2:13 (HCSB)
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.”
~ Lamentations 3:22-24 (HCSB)
“so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.”
~ 1 Corinthians 2:5 (HCSB)
Dear Rose, listen to that still, small voice in the storm of society and know that He is with you. Even when the going gets hard, you are not alone.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”~ Luke 1:37 (HCSB)
What are some ways you can “Nestle in God’s Promises”?
What are 3 things you can do this week to bring your walk closer to God?
Comment down below, Roses, and let’s chat!
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Jaybird Summers can rarely be found without her book or pen. As she’s matured, so has her joy of writing. Edward Bulwer-Lytton once wrote “The pen is mightier than the sword.” She’s never believed that more than when she’s writing for the encouragement of others with God’s word. Connect with her on Instagram.
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