Daily Encouragement – 6/30

June 30

            So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10

            If we have put our faith and our very lives in the hands of God, why do we still worry and grow stressful. It seems to me that many—myself included—have selective faith. We believe in God to take care of some things, but not others. It makes no sense to do so, but yet, this is exactly what we do.

            I am a firm believer in the fact God has said we will have good health, and therefore I am almost never sick. When I feel something trying to come upon me, I go on the attack with all the remedies I have knowledge of and set out on a persistent denial regimen. Basically, I insist that God has no reason for me to be sick, and I do not want to be sick, so I will not be sick.

            Then along comes a situation which requires I be at peace in the midst of some challenge or turmoil; I am the world’s worst at trusting God under those circumstances! I get upset easily, and let the things happening around me totally destroy my peace and happiness. God says he has given us His peace, and I refuse to accept it. The result is I am the healthiest angry man you’d ever have the misfortune to meet.

            I’m working on this situation, though. I’m doing my best to stay focused on God when challenges and adversity come my way. I have no problem with fear—I fear virtually nothing—but as I’ve said, I’m easily dismayed. I have tremendous strength when it comes to fighting off disease, yet I am easily discouraged when life throws me a curve. I know if I just keep looking toward God, one day I will gain understanding and be able to handle it all. He will uphold me!

11 Comments »

  1. jpdaily said

    We all have areas that need work on that’s true; thanks for this word today.

    • You are so welcome! I am blessed when someone new reads my encouragements, and especially so when they comment. Thank you for reading and commenting, Jenny! You’ve started my day gloriously!

  2. Vangie said

    It’s sad but true that when faced with challenge or turmoil we often forget that we are not alone. Great scripture and encouragement today. Thank you.

  3. Dear Charles,
    I find your piece very thoughtful. To consider our own existence is the philosophy all writers share…a special group indeed. I believe you’d feel better considering discouragement as another term for indecision. We were given “free will” and meant to use it. It seems to be a bit selfish to put “everything” in God’s hands. After all, our mistakes offer the best learning experiences. When you operate in your daily life without malice, making mistakes are not nearly as scary. My spiritual life is all about learning from Nature. I appreciate the goodness that you project ❤

  4. Faye said

    Good devotional and good thoughts. There are times that God allows a ‘thorn’ in our side. I, along with you, thought that God would not allow me to be ill. I was one of the healthiest persons in my family.

    But along the way, God allowed me to have an illness that referred to as ‘terminal’ in 1988 by the doctors. It was a disease that took my maternal grandfather’s life in 1922. They did not know what it was at the time.

    But medical science has found some prescription medications that allow me to live for Him, work for Him and enjoy my life. Even though I prayed and had faith in the power of healing, it did not happen. He has taught me so much in these past 22 years through this issue. Though I am not like Paul, God has given me grace to go through it.

  5. thats really inspiring, encouraging the fragile soul, and increasing the weak faith! God will always at everybody and every soul….
    Thank you for visiting my site.. may God enlightenment all the darkest path! 🙂

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