Are you facing a difficult time right now?
Hard times come to the best of us, but there is a secret found in scripture designed to help us get through:
… Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
(Nehemiah 8:10 New King James Version)
What does that really mean? It means that when we trust God with what is troubling us we will have joy instead of sorrow, and we will gain strength.
It's true that trusting God is powerful and produces peace, but it takes practice. Sadly pain and heart ache are some of the best tools around for building that all important trust in the Lord.
I’ve seen God move mountains, but I have to tell you usually it’s been when I was going through a tough time. A tough time where I had to make a choice to either trust God or worry.
To be honest sometimes I’ve done both. At times I’ve worried till the cows came home. Other times I’ve refused to worry and trust God by reminding myself of one thing, that God is in control.
In other words I’ve reminded myself that God is sovereign, and that’s an all important key if you’re going to kick worry to the curb.
Joy can be found in understanding that you have a sovereign God who is on your side! Here's the definition of the word sovereign,
"A person who has supreme power or authority."
Maybe this next verse will helps you understand what that means:
Who can command things to happen without the Lord's permission?
(Lamentations 3:37 New Living Translation)
Basically, who can say or doing anything without the Lord’s permission? Who can get in their car and drive to a store to get a cup of coffee if the Lord has not commanded it? Who can do anything without the Lord’s permission?
Of course, the answer is no one! Yes, we are living in a world that has pain and a lot of sorrow. However, we are also living in a universe that is ruled by a sovereign God!
A God who is willing to listen to your heart when you pour it out to Him! A God who loves to be called upon as a Father in times of trouble.
A God who is in complete, absolute total control! A God who is calling every single shot in the entire universe!
The universe is not running on electric like my house, or on gas like my car. No, it's running on permission! God's permission!
And yes you will be tempted to worry, but try taking joy in knowing that your heavenly Father has your back, and not a single thing can happen without His permission!
Even if you have to remind yourself a thousand times a day that God is in control then do it! And don't give up because it won't be long before your sorrow turns to joy!
I would like to thank those of you who have read the book and recently taken the time to write me. The other day I went to the mail box and discovered several letters from folks whom the book has blessed! Thank you so much for doing that.
This little book has been shipped to several different countries around the world, God is truly amazing! Please keep the book project in your prayers!
You're also invited to join us at one of these upcoming events:
June 11th at 7:00 pm Transformation Church, Rt 50 Mays Landing, NJ (Old Saint Vincent's)
July 9th at 7:00 pm The Celebrate Life Conference. Atlantic Christian School Zion Rd. Egg Harbor Twsp. NJ
July 10th at 10:30 am Highland Community Church. 6th Street Galloway Twsp. NJ
July 17th at 10:30 am Highland Community Church. 6th Street Galloway Twsp. NJ