We all face challenges that can lead to different responses. One is fear that we will not be able to deal with or even survive. Another is despair, giving up. But when we turn to the Lord in faith to help us, we can have courageous hope because God is with us to help us.
When the going gets tough, when people turn against you, when you don’t know where else to turn for help, turn to God. Remember who is God. Our enemies are not God. We are not God. Only the Lord is God. Trust Him to help and rescue you.
It isn’t easy being a Christian. We need God’s help to stand up to the challenges we face for our faith. God is the rock solid foundation we stand on for protection and strength when our faith is under attack by secularism that tries to deny God and the role of Christianity in modern day life or the growing influence of Islam that distorts the Biblical message. Allah is not the God of the Bible. Jesus is the Son of God and Savior from sin and death. Jesus is not one of Allah’s prophets as Islam claims.
It is too easy to think that life is all about ourselves. But it is not. The world doesn’t revolve around us. When we depend on our possessions and think nothing can stop us, look out. When we turn away from God to live self centered lives, God may turn away from us to get our attention so that we will turn back to Him. We need to get over ourselves and turn our lives over to God.
God can turn defeat into victory, momentary anger into unending favor, a night of crying into a morning of joy. God does what we can’t do. He is worthy of our worship and praise.
Yesterday morning when I was having my quiet time with God, reading my devotions and writing my blog, they were expecting a storm surge to flood parts of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. It didn’t happen. The back side of the eye wall of Irma collapsed. The flood waters never came. The Psalmist is right. The Lord does rule over the flood waters.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have done and continue to do a lot of damage in our land. But God is with His people. He can help those who have been affected by the storms. He can use those who were not caught in the storms to help others. And He can help us face the storms in our lives. The Lord blesses His people and gives them strength.
The voice of the Lord is heard in nature. It is strong and mighty. When God speaks, His creation responds. God is speaking to us today. Creation declares His glory and power. The Bible declares His justice and grace. His Spirit calls us to faith and faithfulness. Are you listening? Do you hear Him?
Who do you honor? Honor the Lord. Who or what do you worship? Power, Wealth, Health, Success, Happiness? These things all come and go. Only God and His love last. Only the Lord God is worthy to receive honor, worship and praise!
Turn to God when you need help. Turn to God for forgiveness and life. And turn your enemies over to God to deal with. Let Him be their judge. Let God be your strength and give Him the praise He deserves.