Are you feeling stuck?
I’ve been in that place, and it’s no fun. I pray that these verses will encourage you.
We know that all things work together for good to those who love God . . .
(Romans 8:28 NKJ)
This isn’t saying that you’ve landed in a hard place for your own good. Rather, whatever your circumstances, good or bad, God is with you. You are partnering with God in the hard places. He’s trustworthy and fighting for you.
Ask and it will be given to you . . .
(Luke 11:9 NIV)
In Luke 11:9 Jesus, has just talked with Martha about what matters most – loving Him, learning, soaking in all that He offers. Immediately after, the disciples ask how to pray. Only then did he say, “Ask and it shall be given.”
Right now if you feel stuck, it’s a good thing to ask for your immediate needs to be met, but would you consider beginning with asking God to show you His love, to teach you, to soak in all that He offers, right where you are?
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:13, NRSV)
Paul had learned to be content, no matter his circumstances. No matter where he was — rich or poor, hungry or fed, imprisoned or free — his relationship with God gave him strength beyond his circumstances.
No matter where you are, there is contentment that comes from the inside out. . . just for you from a God who loves you.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
God goes before you in the hard places. Consider a triple-plated silver shield, one that covers your heart as you are helped. One that produces joy and gratitude in the midst of that hard place.
There is none holy like the LORD: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
I Samuel 2:2
Sit for a while on that Rock. Take in the scenery. Let His mighty power bring oxygen back to your lungs, and strength back to your feet. There is no Rock like your God. Hold fast to that.
Do you long to heal?
The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places will help you know where and how to begin.
Do you long to forgive, or find forgiveness?
The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness will gently peel away the layers of hurt to forgive, even if the person you are trying to forgive is yourself.