Do you ever feel alone and unknown? Psalm 139 details just how known you actually are. You cannot hide from the One who formed you and searches you. There is no part of you that is unseen by Him. Does this frighten you? If you have not repented and turned back to God, perhaps this does worry you.
Your ways are known. You are known.
On a different note, if you are a repentant follower of Jesus, you may be encouraged. Your encouragement comes from the fact that no matter how alone and unknown you feel, God’s Word says otherwise. When you are walking in His ways, you have no fear, only love. You can find hope in the knowledge that your Creator sees you.
Whether you feel fear or hope when reading this scripture, we find accountability in this. We understand that our sins are not hidden. This should propel us forward! We don’t linger in a place of paranoia or fear. No, we use this as a catalyst for holy living. We turn to Him. We step out, walking in faith, abiding in Him, who knows and sees all of us, yet loves us and calls us His own.
You are known.
“Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away.”
Hey there, momma. Are you weary today? Do you feel as if you are drowning in diapers, discipline and demands? Perhaps you are weary of training, raising and teaching. Perhaps you are weary of eyes rolled and independence shown as attitude. Are you weary?
Hello to you who are hurting today. Are you feeling powerless? Do you feel as if you are drowning in the social media posts, sermons, and flowers? Perhaps you are hurting, in the wake of loss or in your desire to be a mother. Perhaps, you feel powerless in a situation where you have no control. Are you hurting?
Have you heard? Do you know? Yahweh, the everlasting God, the creator of the whole earth…He never grows faint or weary. He understands. He strengthens the weary and powerless.
He is exactly what you need, in whatever place you find yourself today.
So, to you who feels weary. To you who feels powerless. Rest in Him. He, alone, will provide your strength. In the midst of your daily demands and your dark places, He is waiting to bring relief and light. He is hope, joy, and strength.
For the weary and powerless, He waits with strength. ❤
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless.”
This passage in Deuteronomy is part of the direct commandments from God to His people, the Israelites. We, as believers, can take this to heart as well! There is no mistaking God’s intent here: Teach His commands to our children, morning to night, and all the inbetween times. We are to talk about them, live them, and make them an active part of our lives. What do we teach our children that is different from the world? Are we lip service only, perhaps? Maybe we attend church faithfully, but there are no daily God conversations and teachings occurring in our homes. What are we doing that makes a marked difference for our family? It is our honor to be set apart, and to earnestly teach the ways of God our Father, to our children. Let us not be negligent, despite our busy schedules, sports, friends, culture, and yes, sometimes despite even church. Do not allow anything to take away from the privilege of teaching and walking this out with our children. Our homes can be a place of honor, where God’s ways are lived and spoken freely of.
“Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your days and those of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your fathers. For if you carefully observe every one of these commands I am giving you to follow — to love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, and remain faithful to Him — the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will drive out nations greater and stronger than you are.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-23 HCSB
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:54-58 ESV
Today, Easter Sunday, we have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. We have donned our Sunday best, worshiped, proclaimed “He is risen!” on social media, and celebrated in a variety of ways. Indeed, this is reason to celebrate! But, what about Monday? Where will we fall on Monday morning? Will it be on our knees, before our risen King, steadfast and immovable? Will we abound in the work of the Lord, come Tuesday? Will our minds move beyond Easter Sunday, with the power of Christ’s resurrection still on our minds and hearts, on Wednesday? You see, the resurrection is life changing and provides a foundation for how we live every day. When we truly believe the Gospel of Jesus, that he lived a humble, perfect life, died a gruesome, sacrificial death on our behalf, then was raised to life, just as He predicted, we are changed. This is not a ho-hum story. It is life altering! It is because of the resurrection that our faith can stand. It is because of the resurrection that we have hope. The resurrection gives us reason to share and celebrate more than one day a year. The resurrection is a catalyst for transformation. True faith is seen in the Mondays of our lives. So, I ask again… what about Monday?
You don’t really think of “slow” when you think of Mighty. It’s not usually considered a great show of strength, nor is it a title worthy to be desired. Yet Proverbs 16:23 tells us that being slow to anger is just that.
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,Â and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
It seems like a conflicting idea, but we know that there is great truth here. Once again, we find that God’s ways are better than our own!
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4
“The Rock” is one of my favorite names for God. It relays the dependability, strength, and certainty that we find in the Lord. The Rock is a firm foundation. The Rock stands the test of time and trials. You can trust in the Lord forever, because He is our everlasting Rock.
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.”Â Â Deuteronomy 30:15
God called His people to obedience, to choose goodness and life. There were choices set before them. Just as the Israelites had a choice to make, so do we. We are faced with choices of good and evil, life and death. Some crossroads will feel more prevalent than others. In our current cultural and societal climate, we might be tempted to think of life and death as only a politically charged choice. However, we must push past the hard drawn lines in the political arena, and press into souls. When we move past only standing for a political movement, we have the freedom to look into the eyes of the hurting and carry them to the feet of Jesus, the ultimate healer. When we are able to cross party lines, to engage in soul work with the broken, then we truly engage in the battle between life and death, good and evil. Let us remember that the choice for life or death begins in our heart of hearts, where we choose to allow or not allow the Holy Spirit to chisel away at our rough edges and produce a love for people, that can only be driven by God, himself. When we speak, may we be filled with grace. When we reach, may it be to lift the fallen. When we listen, may it be to truly hear. When we look, may we see through the lens of God. I pray that our stand for life and goodness is never overshadowed by our opinions or debates, but that our feet are firmly rooted in the grace and truth of Jesus. He lifted the hurting, convened with the broken, loved the unlovable. This, my friends, is how we choose life and goodness.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13