I’ve had this post ready to go for a few days but delayed posting it. I told my husband, “I want authenticity on my blog. I want to be sure the message I share is one that I am living.”
And frankly, it’s been a tough week as more doors have shut for us and a few times, while my head keeps telling me the message I have to share is true, my heart sure hasn’t felt it this week.
I’ve questioned God being on my side this week – as all we keep hearing is “no” to every door we knock on. What does that mean and how do we keep going with no direction? Where is God in all this?
But as I walked it out with a broken heart this week, I am convinced God sees my heart and accepts me where I am at as I wrestle it out with Him.
I am also convinced that this message-God is with us– is still worth sharing.
There is power in those words and also in having that knowledge. Some times I think it just takes our heart a while to catch up. But if we keep pursuing the heart of God and keep standing on His word in spite of it all, our heart will eventually catch up. So if you are wrestling with God and struggling to know He is on your side, you are not alone. But He never changes and His Word is the only reliable thing in our lives. And it says that God is for us. So I choose to believe….
Approximately two weeks ago, I sat at this keyboard and shared how I was feeling weary, soul-weary. However, I also told you that we could stand on the phrase, But God, even when we felt too tired for anything else.
Well, I had a wonderful opportunity (thanks to my Mom) to go on a ladies retreat recently and get a little soul rest.
The retreat was located in a rustic but historic campground, one that has a 125 year heritage of people coming together to hear the word of God and to pray- a haven, which was perfect for my weary soul. There was something incredibly sweet and tender about that place, almost like you were on Holy ground. A place where peace washed over you as you entered the gates of the campground and where God touched people’s hearts.
It’s stunning to think about how many people have come through those gates, walked those roads, strolled from porch to porch, and meeting at the tabernacle to pour out their hearts to God and receiving refreshment from His Word and Spirit.
Bread and Living Water. Sustenance to the soul.
Sometimes we are physically tired and sometimes it is our spirit that needs to be nourished and refreshed. I needed to know that in this weariness I was not alone.
The theme for the weekend was Pro-Nobis – “God is for us.”
God IS for us. Not against us. Not maybe on our side, but 100% for us.
He is for us.
I wonder what would happen in our lives if we began living as if “God is for us” every single day.
Every single situation. Every moment.
Never doubting, even in the dark moments, that God is on our side.
Countless scriptures affirm the truth that God is with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He chose us before the foundation of the earth.
Regardless of how we feel. Regardless of how we think about ourselves. Regardless of how others think of us. Regardless of what our situation looks like.
God is for us.
Think about that… What if we approached every moment of our day with the knowledge that the Creator of the Universe, the One and Only Great I AM, is on our side. For real.
How would that change our perspective? How would that change our mood?
And why is it so hard to live out that promise? Why do we struggle to maintain the stance of a conqueror during life’s bloodiest battles?
Well, we are human. Our emotions threaten to overtake us and often do, if we let them. We get distracted by our day to day and leave God out of the picture.
But can’t we trust the promises of the One who who counts every hair on our head? Can we believe that if He catches every tear and calls us by name then His plans for us are good?
I believe the world is changing drastically and those of us who call ourselves Christians better learn to stand in battle with our swords held high and our armor tucked close. And we better know whose side we are on and more importantly- Who is on our side.
God is for you. God is for me. Our circumstances may look desperate and our prayers appear unanswered but God is for me. In that, I can rest. Truly rest.
He may continue to allow this fiery trial in my life and maybe you have your own battle waging but with God on our side- nothing can defeat us. Nothing can separate us from Him or His love for us.
It’s a daily stance we must take to choose to believe God and that He is for us.
I’m confident that if we take the head knowledge that God is for us and ask God to start making it heart knowledge, He will do it. And with that knowledge will come an inexplicable peace that can only be found in Christ. The kind of peace that will differentiate us from the world.
This week I challenge you to take every situation and struggle you face and tell yourself that God is for you. I will be doing the same thing.
- The kids won’t stop arguing or go to bed and you are beyond tired. Say~ “God is for me. He has equipped me to be their mother and will see me through this season.”
- Bills are due and there is more month than there is paycheck. Say~ “God is for me. He is my Provider.”
- That addiction you just can’t seem to resist. Say~ “God is for me. I am more than a conqueror because of Christ.”
- Have a sharp tongue and a less than gentle spirit? Say –“God is for me. With His help, I can be gentle and kind because He is gentle and kind.”
Let’s choose to make “God is for me” our daily mantra.
Remember ~ He is for you. He is for me. He is for us. All the time.