There is a lot I don’t know these days.
Really, that’s true of us most of the time. There is always a lot we don’t know. There are just some days that we are more aware of what we lack than what we possess. Right now is one of those times for me.
I am aware of my own inadequacies, I realize how much I don’t know, and I am anxious about what the future may hold.
I don’t really have enemies. Not in the human form anyway.
Like many people, maybe like you, I do have things that I fight with on a regular basis. Fears. Worries. Expectations. Anxieties.
Sometimes my thoughts become my foes, breathing down my neck, pushing me to run and hide.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV)
All I need to do is change one word the last line, and this could become my prayer for relief.
In God I trust and am not afraid What can mere anxieties do to me?
God is eternal. Powerful. Loving. Gracious. Compassionate. Amazing. And He is with me.
You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. – Psalm 56:8 (The Message)
God knows. He sees when I struggle. The God who is with me notices my tears.
Sometimes when we are in the midst of difficulty, that is the thing we need most. Just for someone to notice. To say out loud, “I’m sorry this is so hard for you.” Even if that person can’t fix it, to acknowledge it, and to be with us in the midst of it.
But it goes further than that. God is not only with us, He is for us.
This I know, that God is for me. – Psalm 56:9b (ESV)
God is on our side against anything that would pull us away from His love. Like the hero in a romantic movie, He fights for us.
That doesn’t mean things are simple. God doesn’t always fight the way we want, in the timing we want, or against the things we want relief from the most.
I can’t explain why God works the way He does.
Yet even still, this is a truth that resonates. My heart knows it to be true, even when my mind doesn’t. Even when life doesn’t make sense, and my thoughts are whirling, I know it.
If I slow down, I can feel the words pump from my heart through my veins.
This I know, that God is with me, and God is for me.
I repeat these words as a prayer, and drive away the foes of my thoughts. If I trust in God, what can mere anxieties do to me?
I don’t know the details of what the future will hold. Yet this I know, that God is with me, and God is for me. I don’t know if I will be successful in my work. Yet this I know, that God is with me, and God is for me. I don’t know if I am letting others down by the choices I am making with my time. Yet this I know, that God is with me, and God is for me. I don’t know if my quiet words are making any difference in this loud world. Yet this I know, that God is with me, and God is for me.
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