The hike

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart”

Psalm 37:4

Tonight God laid this verse and Psalm 38 on my heart. And they couldn’t be more accurate to what I’m feeling at this moment.

“1,O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2,For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

3,There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

4,For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5,My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

6,I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7,For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8,I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

9,Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

10,My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11,My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

12,They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

13,But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14,Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15,For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

16,For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17,For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

18,For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19,But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20,They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21,Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.

22,Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.”

Psalm 38

Sometimes life just sucks. It does. Sometimes it feels like the only option we have is to give up. It feels like everything is crashing down at one time. It feels like we are suffocating, drowning, being strangled.

Sometimes all we can do is cry.

But you know what?

In my own life, I’ve realized that most of the time when that happens i slip into fear and worry of the unknown. Satan places all of these doubts and fears in my mind that are so believable sometimes i get fooled into thinking they are real. I lay in bed hoping. Hoping. But the problem is that I’m placing my hope in something that has no power. I place my hope in my flesh. I place my hope in crossed fingers and a terrible night of restless sleep hoping that it will glue all of the broken pieces together. But all that does is sweep my burdens under the mat. And you know what people do with mats? They walk all over them. And all of the dirt and pressure create an even larger mess.

When we do that, we disobey God. He told us to cast our cares upon him, and that wasn’t a suggestion. Really, truly He is the only one who CAN do something about it. He takes all of our cares, our worries, anything that troubles us, and He listens to them and then He throws them away. Because He takes the place of all of the cares, and worries, and troubles. He steps in and fills that hole that was left behind. And He makes us whole again.

Satan may have come to steal, kill, and destroy, but my God came to heal, seek, and save those who are lost. He came to save us. We were drowning, choking, suffocating, and He came in and brought us life. He filled our lungs with His breathe and made us whole. The life He gives us is immensely better than any other life we could find here on earth or any where else for that matter.

Sometimes we may not like the way God heals us, sometimes it hurts or is uncomfortable. But once the healing process is over, we are better than ever before.

Jesus healed a blind man with His spit. He literally covered the man’s eyes with His spit. And he wasn’t completely healed the first time. And it wasn’t because Jesus didn’t have enough power, it was because the man still had some unbelief.  To be honest i probably would still have some unbelief as well. I mean who wants spit in their eyes? like, ew. But the point is that even though it was gross and probably really uncomfortable, Jesus still brought healing.

God promises to never give us more than we can handle. And we don’t believe Him. But let me tell you, my God’s not a liar and never will be. But you HAVE to trust Him.

We go through rough patches. We go through times when it feels like we just can’t get anything right. We feel like there’s too much going on and we can’t handle it. We feel like we aren’t adequate to face the challenges that God has set before us. We feel like we can’t hike the mountain in front of us(😉).

But God’s right there beside us. He’s cheering you, me, us on. He believes in you. He believes in me. He’s our heavenly father, how can He not?

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart”

When Peter stepped off of the edge of the boat and onto the water, the desire of his heart at that moment was to reach Jesus. And as long as he had his eyes on Jesus, he didn’t fall. But the second he took his eyes off of Him, he began to drown. Jesus didn’t stop the storm when Peter had his eyes on Him, but He kept Peter safe from the storm and helped him walk on water. When we take our eyes off of Christ, we begin to drown in life’s troubles. But if we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. And He may not get rid of the storm but He protects us from it. If you need more reassurance of that just read Psalm 91.

Challenge:

Pray. Talk to God for goodness sake. Thank Him for the good in your life, tell Him what’s on your mind(even though He already knows), and then listen. We are always too busy to actually listen to what He has to say after we dump a load on Him. But if you do listen, only good will come out of it. He just wants to comfort you and speak life into you. He wants to reassure you that He is there for you and will never leave you.

much love,

b

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