I was doing my daily devotion, Our Daily Journey. The article on 20th March 2016 “Beautiful Captivity” ended by challenging the readers to think of a situation that we desperately wanted to escape and how this situation might glorify God. At first I laughed, how can the health problem I’ve been battling with for weeks be a blessing to others? As I thought about these questions for days, I realised how faithful and loving God is, even though He allows me to suffer for the time being.
Woah can’t believe I’ve been at uni for 1 month! A lot has happened. In-class tests has started and I’ve just started working on my 3 assignments. On top of that, I’ve been battling with a health problem since O-Day. No doubt stress was one of the factors.
An article by Francis Frangipane titled “Cease Striving and Know” reminds me to “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
The key points from the article that personally stood out to me:
“You see, fear is a magnifying lens that exaggerates whatever it looks at. The devil is a master illusionist who uses fear to take our eyes off the Lord. The result is that our stress level increases, and anxiety brings death into our world. Indeed, the more we talk about what’s wrong, the less we see what is right and good in our world. Be quiet. Wait upon the Lord and compose your soul. Don’t let your unbelieving words deplete your spirit; for the more you talk, the more peace you lose. Keep your soul focused upon Christ, the Lord. Those who believe enter His rest, and from the place of rest, we can hear His voice.”
“If you know who God truly is, anxiety will fade into trust. Therefore, cease worrying! God cares for you. Those who trust Him have peace that surpasses all understanding. Talk to the Lord and then quietly listen. As you do, your spirit will soar, and your heart expand and ascend into His presence.”
“It has been truly said, “Fear is the darkroom where Satan develops our negatives.” Therefore, renounce fear. Divorce anxiety. Beloved, the Lord is good. Trust Him with your battle. Yes, it’s time to cease striving and know that He is God.”
Just last week at OCF, we sang “Through It All”, it was a timely reminder that God is with me through this hard time. Also “Still, My Soul Be Still” by Keith & Kristyn Getty has given me comfort and a gentle reminder to TRUST God, WAIT upon the Lord and to just REST in God alone.
I really thank God for His strength and peace as I go through this season in life.
For those of you who are going through some hard times at the moment, remember, “Leave all your worries with Jesus because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Hope all of you have a blessed Easter, enjoy the well-deserved break from the busyness of life and be renewed, refreshed and find peace this season.
P.S. (For those of you who are keen to read the whole article you can check out the link: http://francisfrangipanemessages.blogspot.com.au/…/cease-st…)
P.S.S. If you’re interested to read the devotion, here’s the link: http://www.ourdailyjourney.org/…/20/beautiful-captivity/