People are looking up to us for Godly leadership. Now, it’s more important than ever before to project hope. Everyday people are feeling hopelessness, discouragement and loneliness in their isolation. Keeping God’s presence in the forefront of our life is critical for us to be a positive light to others. We have a choice to make every morning, whether to be encouraged in God’s Word or discouraged by the world.
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. (Psalm 42:1-2)
The psalmist says that his soul thirsts for God. Do you ever feel like that? Are you weary? Do you feel faint? What are you focusing on each day? What are you feeding yourself? Are you spending time online, scrolling through social media and left empty? Are you watching the news, listening to fear being preached and left defeated? Are you over booked and stressed out, feeling depleted?
It is times like this that our soul will be thirsty for God because it’s not being fed. Without being fed, we can quickly fall into a place of discouragement and hopelessness. We grow weary when we forget what God has promised us. We do things in our own strength instead of relying on the power that comes from yielding to God. He strengthens us when we acknowledge our weaknesses and dependence on Him.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God? (Psalm 42:2-3)
The psalmist’s soul thirsts for God. His tears have been his food day and night. He has lost hope and is disconnected from the Lord. He has been feeding himself with the world instead of the Word.
My beautiful sisters, don’t be weary. We have God’s living Word to feed our souls, engage our spirit and bring us close to Him. Through our Lord Jesus we have abundant love that will surpass all difficult circumstances. Praise God for the blessing of His living Word, where we can see His Truth and His loving promises.
What is important is not the challenges we face, but how we carry ourselves through them. How are you carrying yourself and those around you through this pandemic?
We must remain Kingdom minded. Let’s be thankful that we have a choice each day. A choice to praise and worship our loving Father amidst difficult circumstances. We need to be intentional in praising our Father for His everlasting love and grace.
When we struggle or fall, we need to focus on His promises. They are the living Words of our Father, which guide, encourage and fill us with an abundance of peace and hope.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Heavenly Father, thank you for my precious sisters, each a unique gift from You. Thank You for Your promise that if we seek You first in everything, You will provide for us. Thank you for Your protection. Thank you for strengthening us.
I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honour of Your name.” (Psalm 138:2)
May the sweet love of Jesus surround you sisters, Merry Christmas