Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I AM Still Is

I hear two things from the people I talk to when I am out around town. The prices are too high and this crisis in Japan is so scary. There is much to worry about. 

I hear parents recently question what the world will hold for their young children. Will they have a future to look forward to? Will there be war, available energy, or enough food and jobs? There is much to worry about. 

A group meeting in our home for a Bible study also talked about the world events. The oldest couple there said they had never seen these weather phenomena or turbulent prices before in their lifetime. 

It can be a scary time if you do not know Who is still in control. 

The God who said His name is "I AM" still IS. He is still on His throne in the heavens. He still guides the stars and planets on their course. He still determines how far the waters wash on the Earth. He still is our provider financially, emotionally and physically. 

God is our refuge and strength, 
   an ever-present help in trouble. 
 Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way 
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
 though its waters roar and foam 
   and the mountains quake with their surging.

He doesn't promise to take the trouble away. The mountains will sway and the waters will roar. He promises to be our refuge and our strength through each crisis. We can walk through these times without fear because we know who still IS regardless of what we are called to endure. 

Lord, calm us. Help us focus on your sheltering strength and present help in every trouble. Let us be a light to those we encounter who are full of fear. Give us your words to speak that we may be shining lights in a darkening world. AMEN

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Got Needs?

Ever have that heartsick feeling when you fail—again? There is a weakness you can't seem to conquer? 

I did recently and I wanted someone to pray with me. I couldn't seem to handle this need on my own. I scrolled through the names in my text messages. 

I considered several friends: 
  • No, she wouldn't understand
  • No, she is always too busy
  • Yes, now she is a person who prays alot!
I punched in my message to my prayer warrior friend but she didn't respond. Apparently she was busy that day....

I turned back to my Bible study homework on Revelations chapter 4—the throne room of God. Glorious! 

Jesus is "there from now to eternity 
to save everyone who comes to God
through him, 
always on the job
to speak up for them
(Hebrews 7:25)" The Message

"God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along.
If we don't know how or what to pray,
it doesn't matter.
He does our praying in and for us,
making prayer out of our wordless sighs,
our aching groans.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves,
...and keeps us present before God.
(Romans 8:26-28)" The Message

It hit me; I had my prayer warrior. He sits at the right hand of His Dad always, ready to speak for my needs. I don't have to text Him, or wait through His voice mail message to ask Him to get back with me. That's Glorious!