My humble apologies for not having a Gratitude Journal prompt on Friday, it was a very busy weekend.
But, let’s not dwell on the past, let’s go to today’s post!
In life, we come across situations that can either make or break us. We go through down-times when we feel we won’t be lifted again.
When those situations arise, we have two options; we either can fall to pieces or rise. While we sometimes deserve a time of “melting” and a time of releasing those pent-up emotions, after that it is time to get back in the game.
Troubling times will come, they are all around us, and when it happens, we should have a list of five or more go-to verses to remind you who is on your side.
Here are my top five verses for such occasions.
Let’s start with Psalms 121:1-2
I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
If I sit down and think about it; it amazes me that I can go to the one who created heaven, earth, and me for help.
When my parents and I drove to Oregon to visit family about 10 years ago, we drove through Montana. And I could literally stare at the same mountain for miles because they were huge. It was nothing but mountains and hills for the whole state.
I felt very small next to some of those mountains, they were massive, imposing, and powerful. And the same God who created those mountains is the same God who wants us, me, to come to Him for help.
Incredible isn’t it? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
Next is Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
From an imposing part of the earth to an incredible animal that is as majestic as it is powerful. There are times when we feel weak, tired, and sometimes useless. The last thing we feel like is an eagle. Eagles have been known to fly 50-125 miles in a day during migration, they are amazing birds with a powerful strength that only God can give.
As God can give us the same strength, those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.
When we take time every day to study God’s word, pray, and seek Him, we will renew our strength. We may not be able to lift weights or anything, but mentally we can be strong, knowing that we have God on our side and He will give us the strength to get through trials and the daily do’s of life.
Romans 8:37 is next
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Talk about a verse to go to when we need a battle cry! We are conquerors!!
We can conqueror anything through Christ.
We have a hymn we sing at church called ‘We Are More than Conquerors’, some of the lyrics go
We are more than conquerors through Him who love us so
The Christ who dwells in us is the greatest power we know
As I have mentioned in some of the previous verses, we have a power in us that is unthinkable. We don’t have to run and hide when trouble comes, or when we are faced with trials or a scary situation.
We are conquerors, and we can conquer anything, when we are a part of God’s family, we are also apart of God’s army with the Armor of God, and with each part of the armor, we can conquer anything.
Psalm 94:18-19 is up next
If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
Need peace? Come to this verse. I’m not sure what more I can add to these verses, it says it all.
When we slip in life, God will hold us up, when we are feeling anxious about life or a problem, God will comfort us. That comfort is found in His word and in His loving arms that can bring peace.
While we feel like a storm is raging around us, and we are losing control of everything. All we need to do is cry out to God and He will hear us. And He will bring peace and comfort.
And last but not least Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
I often ask my Sunday school kids, if they were going to approach a higher authority, such as a King or the President, would they be nervous? The answer is yes, if we were to meet someone who definitely had some power over us, we would be nervous or even hesitant to approach that person.
Back in Bible times, most Kings were unapproachable by anyone, not everyone could just go to the King and just talk to him.
But we can, and we can do it boldly. God is the ultimate higher authority, and He sits on a throne in Heaven. He is King of kings and Lord of lords, and we can come to Him for anything. We can go to the throne of grace and obtain mercy, and grace in times of need. And we can just go to Him and talk about anything, just like you would talk to a close friend.
He wants to hear from us, go to the throne and seek Him and you will receive grace, mercy, and peace.
We often run to the wrong or unhelpful things during trials, or difficult times, when we really should run to God and His comforting, living all-powerful word.
It has the power to give us peace, comfort, strength, grace, wisdom, and everything in between.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Last Weeks Posts:
Monday Devotional: Limiting the Ultimate Power
Wednesday’s Post: Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Summer to the Fullest
Spotlight Post: Overcomer