The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble, and those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. – Psalm 9: 9-10
Sometimes, more often than not, I feel completely overwhelmed. I’m burnt out and have too much to do and can’t sleep. I lie awake in bed and pray to God but peace doesn’t always come just by asking Him for help.
Just because I try to take a deep breath and try to meditate doesn’t mean that the thoughts, to do list, and overwhelm disappear.
The world is too much. I have too much on my plate. I need to say “no” more often and “yes” to taking care of myself.
Taking better care of myself involves a lot of things I have been neglecting: my walk with the Lord, my health, my sleep, and my talents.
I have been doing everything to make everyone else happy for so many years that I am exhausted and depleted.
The only one I need to please is God, and He will never leave me.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
There are days I am exhausted. My work, the things of the world, and perhaps even evil spirits haunt me through the rude words of other people.
Who are these people or are they “principalities and powers”? The Bible tells us not to be “unevenly yoked” with people.
Jesus wants what is best for us.
If he wants me to stop interacting with a certain person, He will tell me or he will change my thoughts. I trust Him.
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the Earth be removed.
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. – Psalm 46: 2-3
Sometimes we have a lot of fear, and when we have fear, we need to pray and ask God for faith.
Things won’t go well in this world but His love will protect us. Amen.
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
There are many bad things going on in the world right now. There are over 200,000 deaths in the USA due to COVID-19 as of 9/23/20.
People are grieving. The Lord knows we are suffering and sends his Holy Spirit to help and comfort us.
The Holy Spirit tells us what is to come so that we won’t be troubled. Jesus has already overcome so we can live and live abundantly. That is a promise.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. – Psalm 118:8
When we trust in men, we’re disappointed, angry, and frustrated. It only adds to our anxiety because anything that replaces trust in the Lord is an idol.
We need to turn our eyes upon Jesus and confess the error of our ways and He will forgive us and protect us.
He knows more than we do, like a father does. He will direct us if we trust Him.
If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give over to His commandments and keep His statutes, I will put none of the disasters on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you. – Exodus 15:26
The Lord tells us not to buy or sell on the Sabbath. Why? Is it so we devote one day only to Him?
We are so good at breaking and forgetting His commandments, and yet, we pray for protection after making the wrong choices. We need to pray for forgiveness.
We deserve to rest on the Sabbath so that we can restore our lives both spiritually and physically. Each day is a new day, a new opportunity to start over.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Heb. 13:8
It’s comforting to know that Jesus never changes. He always loves us and He always saves us.
Sometimes the people in our lives change, for better or for worse. They come and go from our lives. Former co-workers, friends, and even family members fall out of our lives and get replaced by other people.
But Jesus never gets replaced. He is always in us and available when we need to talk.
The Lord your God in your midst, The mighty one, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
We don’t have to worry and lose sleep, because Jesus has already saved us. The hard work has been done. We just have to accept it and relax into His loving arms. This is easier said than done, but there are many things to be thankful for every day.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:25
Jesus promises us that everything will be okay. Whatever is going on in the world, whatever happens, He always has our back. He won’t let us fall and we can rely on Him always.
That is an incredible blessing and one we often forget. Yet, He always reminds us. We come to Him and confess our worries, and He will give us rest. Amen.
Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thess. 5:17
There are many things that worry me day and night. Most of them are about resentments from the past that trigger me still in the present.
I pray that God will set me free of them. There will always be things that trigger me, and when that happens, I need to pray.
Prayer isn’t just before every meal and before my daily devotionals. Jesus asks us to pray all of the time.
That’s because all throughout the day and night the devil attacks us. He wants us not to forgive our trespasses. He wants us to stay hateful, resentful, angry, and sinning. He wants us to live a life of fear. Jesus sets us right and gives us peace. We need to quiet the devil’s voice in our thoughts and come to the foot of the cross.
Surrender all your thoughts to Jesus and He will save you. Amen.