Read His Words Before Ours!
“Father, I’m drowning here. My emotions have been all across the board and I feel like so much is coming at me. My feet can’t find solid ground, Jesus, instead I feel like I’m dropping into quick sand. Help me, Abba!”
This was my journal entry this morning in my quiet time.
Transparency is a core value at Gracefully Truthful, and sisters, this is me today.
Tossed to and fro.
And I knew that, with as much as I had going on in the day ahead, and as quickly as my morning time was slipping away, I had to find solid ground.
So, I made the time. I sat in my Talking Chair, and talked to my Savior, bringing myself, and all my weaknesses, before the very throne of God, expecting Him to show up.
Yes, I was feeding an infant, shushing a toddler, and reminding my older kids to finish their chores.
Yes, I was already late.
No, it wasn’t quiet.
But I needed God.
As an aside, Ladies, quiet time with Jesus is where it’s at!
If you don’t make space for relating with Jesus, do it.
Its value is greater than you can imagine and it will change your life.
It may not be “perfect” or “quiet”, but He knows that, He will shape your willing heart!
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from Him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
This verse greeted me as I opened my Bible to my place in the Psalms after crying out to the Father.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
As if that was not enough, my Father went on:
when Israel sought for rest,
3 the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built.
Here in Jeremiah, Israel was still in exile for her rebellion. God certainly seemed far away. Just as I had felt this morning, but God spoke truth through His Word from the prophet; He was near, even as we are far away. When we seek rest, His love buoys us because He is faithful. He continues building us up, sanctifying us, making us more like Himself, completing the work He began, regardless of where we are in life.
If we will come, seeking Him wholeheartedly, willing to turn away from ourselves to find our everything in Him,
He will satisfy, redeem, and lead us in peace and victory.
With weeping they shall come,
and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back,
I will make them walk by brooks of water,
in a straight path in which they shall not stumble,
for I am a father to Israel.
For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord.
Those “hands” that were too strong for Jacob (Israel)?
That was the ruler over them during exile because of their sin.
Ultimately, when sin binds us up, it’s the Enemy Satan whose hands are too strong for us.
He frees, He redeems, and His hands bind those of the Enemy and of sin’s dominion.
We are free to worship and live radiantly because of His goodness!
As I read the Father’s promises, as I softened my heart to the Spirit’s tender voice, as I sunk my feet into the solidity of Christ and His word, the frolicking melodies of How Firm A Foundation stirred in my soul.
How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no never forsake!”
A life that seeks rest.
A soul that is weary.
For the chaotic heart.
For the wanderer, the broken, the empty, the lonely.
Jesus waits, His foundation is sure.
His promises solid.
Set your feet on the firm foundation of “His Excellent Word”
and let your feet dance in His radiant rhythms
because of all that He gives to us and frees us from!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!