Posts Tagged ‘trust in god’

What Misery is Mine!

Jun 09

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, when misery beckons, it is easy to feel like uttering the heart wrenching words of the prophet Micah who said, “What misery is mine!” In his tremendous despair, Job poetically spoke these words, “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas …”

If “misery loves company”, and you are experiencing some misery, then you are certainly in the company of two fine men—Micah and Job. Micah was a prophet. Job was a godly man who feared God and through his gut wrenching ordeals did not sin. A character trait we should desire to display when we are in misery.

All that aside, what is the answer to dealing with misery? Certainly not an easy question to answer. One thing we do know from looking at the Word of God is that even in misery, sin is never the answer. Also, focusing on ourselves always compounds the misery. One remedy is to look around and see who we can pray for in their time of trouble.

Above all—trusting our heavenly Father is in control and will only allow what is in our best interest. My precious friend Ann, who is a professional caterer and baker, frequently says, “God has everything under control.” An essential character quality for someone who has chosen a profession filled with urgent deadlines and unexpected emergencies. Oh my sweet Ann—how her godliness has taught me so much.

We cannot overlook the sad truth that our misery might be caused by sin and therefore relief will only come upon repentance. The great news is, outside of the rejection of Christ and His salvation, there is no sin so atrocious that can separate us from our compassionate heavenly Father. His love for us is unconditional and if only we will acknowledge our wrongdoing, we are at once forgiven. Micah so wonderfully stated, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that in times of misery we would find our hope and allow our actions to be guided by our Savior’s life changing Word.

What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave. ~ Micah 7:1 NIV
 
If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas— no wonder my words have been impetuous. ~ Job 6:2-3 NIV
 
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. ~ Job 1:22 NIV
 
Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? ~ Psalm 44:24 NIV
 
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. ~ Micah 7:18-19 NIV
 
And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. ~ Exodus 4:31 NIV

How Long Will This Be Going On?

Jun 07

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, do you feel forgotten by the Lord? Have you been waiting so long your heart is just aching? We know the psalmist experienced this because these words overflowed from his heart, “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?”

In His divine wisdom our heavenly Father does not always divulge the day and time our sorrows will come to an end. When the pain does not make sense we must hold fast to trusting His love for us and knowing we are safest in His arms.

Another aspect can be seen in the fortieth psalm—that when our deliverance comes many will see and fear and put their trust in God. This elevates our waiting to a whole new level. The truth is God will use our suffering to draw others to Him. Needless to say, our behavior during difficulties is either a positive or negative reflection of our heavenly Father.

Dearest girlfriends, let us wait patiently on the Lord and know for certain He hears our cries and will care for us.

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? ~ Psalm 13:1-2 NIV
 
Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. ~ Psalm 90:13-17 NIV
 
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. ~ Psalm 40:1-3 NIV

Sleep Sweetly Girlfriends

Feb 11

by Victoria Robinson  

The thought of sweet sleep is heavenly. Our heavenly Father loves us so much and is the One who enables us to have sweet sleep. He is our protector, the One who brings peace to our hearts, the One who calms the storms in our lives.  

I reside in Florida and a few years ago there were four major hurricanes in one season. I shall always remember lying on my bed at night with the blinds open so that I could keep watch on the storm. On the other hand, my “concerned” husband slept peacefully through all the wind, rain, and my fear. He always jokingly likens himself to someone else who slept peacefully through a storm—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the book of Mark we see a story of Jesus resting in sweet sleep during a storm. His disciples were in fear of their very lives while he was not bothered at all. After His companions awoke Him, He stilled the wind and waves, then proceeded to chide the disciples for their lack of faith. Hmmm … sounds like what He would say to me when I do not sleep in peace because of my problems.  

King Solomon wisely wrote, “a dream comes when there are many cares …” I have awoken many more mornings than I care to admit with stressful dreams on my mind. This always happens just like King Solomon said it would—when I have many cares. The psalmist gives us a great remedy to this problem when he says, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you …”  

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would place our trust in God and allow sweet sleep to come and refresh our bodies, minds, and spirits.  

At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet. ~ Jeremiah 31:26 NLT  

I lay down and slept. I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. ~ Psalm 3:5-6 NLT  

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” ~ Mark 4:37-40 NIV  

 As a dream comes when there are many cares … ~ Ecclesiastes 5:3 NIV

  

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. ~ Psalm 55:22 NIV

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8 NIV  

A Wonderful Heritage

Jan 03

by Victoria Robinson

Some people have a wonderful heritage. Their family tree is full of famous and admirable relatives. On the other hand some people do not proudly announce their heritage. (Perhaps a few too many black sheep in the tree?) The Word of God speaks of a wonderful heritage that is available to everyone regardless of who has preceded you in your family tree.

This heritage is based on the statutes of the Lord. King David said they were the joy of his heart. These statutes are found in the Word of God and provide rich reading that will give your life the heritage we all desire. Along with learning and obeying the Lord’s statutes, it is important to continue this rich heritage by telling them to the next generation and therefore keeping the heritage going.

Girlfriends, are you more concerned about your earthly heritage or your heavenly heritage. You can determine this by examining your life. Do you set your heart on keeping the Lord’s decrees? Dearest girlfriends, won’t you allow the statutes of the Lord give you a godly heritage today?

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. ~ Psalm 119:11-112 NIV
 
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. ~ Psalm 18:1-7 NIV