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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. – James 4:10 KJV
Overcoming an illness can be humbling. When we are used to doing everything, it can be humbling when suddenly we can’t because of our health. When I had tested positive for COVID-19 last September, I never would have imagined that I would be sick for more than two weeks or become a COVID-19 long hauler. I never would have thought that being sick for that long would set into motion some drastic life changes, such as a move to another state.
The Lord gives us strength in sickness and health. He knows our thoughts and fears and can heal us from any ailment. We can be grateful when our health returns. When He lifts us up, He lifts us physically and mentally. Amen.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV
We don’t save ourselves. Jesus saved us, and that allows every part of our being–our spirit, soul, and body, to have eternal life. When Jesus comes again, we will have a chance to start over, and get it right.
New beginnings can sometimes be daunting. Will starting over in a new place be natural for us? Will we remember what happened before?
God reveals things to us just at the right time. He never gives us more than we can handle, so He gives us time to process the changes ahead. He is always with us, guiding us through the unfamiliar territory. “What a friend we have in Jesus!” Amen.
Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. – Psalm 40:4
We can trust in the Lord to help us make big decisions. He always has our back. When we rely on Him, we can sleep peacefully, even when a decision seems hard.
Sometimes we tell ourselves lies. We stop trusting in Him and instead tell ourselves nonsense stories. We turn our successes into sob stories, when if we only counted our blessings and focused on being thankful for the choices He had given us, we would see that those old stories don’t serve us. There is no need to carry them into the new year. We need to learn to let them go, and God is available to help us forgive.
He modeled good behavior for us, and we can follow His example.
He gives us the ability to start over each day. Amen.