Stress has creeped up on my doorstep again and what can I do but listen to it shouting at me. I don’t have to open the door but the screeching voice is sooo loud it haunts me. Anywhere I go, I hear it. What can I do to stop it? I guess we can never get rid of the unwanted but maybe we need to actually listen to it. Listen in order to learn its weakness. I can choose to live by faith or I can choose to let it overwhelm and consume me. I choose to walk by faith.
“Though, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4
As many times as stress tries to overwhelm us, we must remain strong and confident in our conviction in God. He is our comfort. He knows the burdens we have and knows, even more than we, how to comfort us completely. He provides. Let us not depend on that check we receive every two weeks or on that contact we know to bring us riches…
“…Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Haggai 1:5-6
Let us look above and trust in Him. For only He makes everything else possible. He provides your job. He provides the opportunities to meet those contacts of yours. He makes it all happen. He is the One behind the scenes, letting us encounter blessings. Sometimes we must come to the bottom to even realize that we must lift our faces to the Lord. When everything is going according to your plans, then that is when you must pray for His guidance. Because things are not meant to go according to your plans, but His. Times might be rocky but remember you can walk with dignity and confidence that He is with you. He provides a light to your footsteps, showing you the righteous way; Not leading you to the end of the road. He’s leading you to blessings not seen, but truly awesome. Because He knows all your hearts desires, better than you know yourself. Nothing else in this world can provide a more true or significant relationship.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise…” Hebrews 10:35-36