He had a need. I had not seen or spoken to him in months. Yet. I had heard the whispers of God . . . “Pray for him . . . pray for protection . . . peace . . . and healing.” So. I did. And. Then, we ended up at the same meeting, sitting side-by-side. I’m sure it was the plan of God. On our way out, I told him what I had heard and that I was praying. He told me he had been in a difficult situation. Both of us were changed in the moment, knowing God had revealed divine care and compassion to both of us. It was a reminder to put our energy and confidence in God.
Sometimes we lose sight of the presence of God around us as well as in us and sometimes we feel alone when we’re facing something difficult and sometimes we wonder if God really cares and sometimes we have more fear than faith. But. God is always faithful, revealing there’s more to the story, regardless of how difficult, dark, and down-right impossible it all seems. God promises:“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So I can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
When we know God is present, we change, enabled to face it all with confidence, not fear.
There’ve been times I need to repeat the Hebrew 13 words throughout the day, choosing to believe the truth of it, pressing forward with confidence in God, refusing to allow fear to be attached to my thoughts, words, or actions. I’ve learned life is not about circumstances but about the break-through presence of God. No matter how we feel, what we think, or where we are, God will never leave and never fail us. When we accept the reality of the presence of God . . . we see life differently . . . and we develop a confidence God is at work, regardless of how things seem.
To press forward with confidence God is present–refusing to fear the circumstance–we need to speak the words as often as possible: “God is present. God will not fail me. God will not leave me. God will help me. I will not have fear.”
Learning to Kickstart the day, pressing forward with confidence, not fear,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)