Comfort and Hope

Utterly at the end of myself in recent weeks, I have cried out to God many times. During this time God has blessed my life in ways I could never have imagined. He has surprised and amazed me – working miracles, moving mountains, and being undeniably present in my life! He has heard my cry, and responded in very immediate, unmistakable and specific ways. And I have found how real the promise of this verse is: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8

In the last few months, as I have been overcome again and again with grief, I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in a very physical way, more powerful than anything I have experienced before. He has rescued and comforted me when I have been spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted. Sin – not God – causes pain in our lives. Not always our own sin. Sometimes the sin of another can touch us and have drastic consequences. Free will makes that possible. Sometimes it happens unintentionally, but like dominoes falling, the devastation can be far-reaching. Other times, the offense is due to a direct sin against us. Can you think of a time when someone, either directly or indirectly, sinned against you? Or maybe a sin in your life caused pain for someone else? If possible, you should go to that person, either to confront their sin or to confess your own, as Matthew 18 instructs: If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. (verse 15)

Regardless the outcome, take comfort and find hope in these words from Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

My Hope is in the Lord. He is bigger than all my troubles. Jesus understands life’s pain and He knows my heart. He weeps with me and He comforts me. He is my rock and my refuge. I am still learning what God is teaching, and what I have learned recently is that God’s grace and mercy in my darkest hour is awesome and amazing!

Have you placed your Hope in Him?

What does the Lord require?

Hello. If you are reading this, my inaugural post on What God is Teaching, Thank You and Welcome!! I hope that you find the things I share interesting and relatable…or, at least, debatable.

I have, for some time, felt God tugging at my heart and impressing on me the need to share some things from my journey. But procrastination happens for a variety of reasons – intimidation, fear, laziness, or perhaps it boils down to the fact that we really just don’t want to do something. Whatever the reason, we delay, but in the end, I believe, we must do what we are called by God to do.

To be completely honest, I am very reluctant to post things about my walk with God – my struggles, sorrow, and joy – because when things become personal we begin to feel vulnerable, and vulnerability is extremely uncomfortable. But I am reminded and encouraged by these words from Paul as he shared about his pleading with the Lord: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

And that verse is my encouragement as I jump into this.

I’m not a complicated person. I think I am fairly straightforward, and I appreciate direct communication that gets to the point…like the verse at the top of this blog page: Micah 6:8 – And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

I love that Scripture! Communication really doesn’t get any more straightforward than that. There is no room for misunderstanding or confusion in that verse. Is it always easy to do what is asked of us in Micah 6:8? Certainly not! But as I sometimes struggle with the complex issues that flow from relationships and events in life, it is helpful in gaining perspective when I take a step back and weigh the situation against those words.

Lately more than ever before, I am weighing my thoughts, my actions, my words, and my decisions against them: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

How do your actions measure up to what the Lord requires of you?