When I am tempted to yield to doubt during troubled times, I have to remind myself that God is enough. The moment I believe God is not enough, I need to ask myself, what is my “plan B.” God’s got me covered!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
We face many obstacles in life. Some of them deal with our physical reality such as illness, injury, competing against others and personal achievement. Other obstacles challenge our minds and emotions like academics and relationships. But what about spiritual obstacles?
Enter the word “because.” It fascinates me when I think about it in a spiritual sense. Because seems like a harmless enough word. I probably started using it when I was three years old (I’ll have to check with Mom on that one). Used ina spiritual context,it appears to have a dual meaning. On one hand, people believe, because? When pressed, folks in this camp are not really sure why they believe what they do. Perhaps belief stems from family tradition or a creed or simply just “because.” On the other hand, there are those who believe, because! These folks are speaking from personal experience. There is a certainty or…
I’ve been mulling over the word providence this week. Perhaps it’s because the word has a prominent place in one of the chapters I am writing. The word makes me think of providing evidence. My iPhone defines providence as “the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.” When I put these two ideas together, it raises an interesting question. Is there evidence of God working in my life?
Perhaps you have asked yourself the same question. It has been helpful for me to take a look back over the course of my life to see when and where God may have had a hand in certain situations. This could be evidence of some good coming out of a bad situation.
Did a past disappointment spare me from an even worse situation? Were there any blessings in my past that I brushed aside or blindly took credit for? Whatever the evidence, consider that God was involved. Let it serve as a reminder that God is continually at work in our lives and knows what our future holds.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31