Last week, I blogged about a new practice that God has been inviting me to start in my life. Here is the summary again:
“I believe that we need a place, a sanctuary that is inviting.
I believe that we need a purpose, to sit still and soak in His illumination.
I believe God’s promises that give me sustenance and are invigorating.
I believe that I will see progress whereby my soul is nourished and I will have internal peace.”
Now that we have the place (or where) established (click here) and the purpose (or what) established (click here) behind the practice, I will focus on the promises that sustain me and invigorate my communion with God.
By way of God’s promises in scripture, we can learn more about His character. And when I know more about His character, it is easier for me to trust Him.
Think about the people you trust…as you think about them, how did you begin to trust them?
I didn’t trust my husband from date number one. I respected him from date number one, I fell in love with him over the course of many dates spanning several months, and I trusted him last…as in years later. I had to learn more about his character first. My respect for his character and belief system grew into a beautiful tapestry of love whereby trust was woven in over time.
By knowing more about God’s promises and character, we can trust Him at His Word. This will sustain us through the low valleys and invigorate us on the mountain tops. For example, God will always love me and you. How do we know this? Because His Word tells us that He is Love. That’s worth repeating. He IS Love (I John 4:8). He can’t not love us! My former English teachers would kill me for that one, but is it the Truth! And nothing can ever separate us from His love:
Romans 8:38-39 (NASB)
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I Corinthians 13:4-6 (NASB)
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Another promise that I hold dear is that God is always good. ALWAYS! Not sometimes. This one can be hard to believe, because we equate a good God with good things and sometimes we don’t get good things. We get lemons. But, God’s character is not equivalent to what happens in our lives. God is GOOD even when bad things happen:
Psalm 136:1 (NASB)
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Psalm 34:8 (NASB)
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Next, God is my Protector. This one has been a stubborn idol for me to lay down. I think I can protect myself and those I love. I actually believe in my distorted view that I know how to protect me and my loved ones better than God. Wow…
I have to “practice” laying this down on a daily basis and choose to trust in God’s protection. And when I do this, life is much better and I have so much more energy. I don’t spend my mental energy trying to save the world (or at least the little bit of space under my feet).
II Samuel 22:2-3 (NASB)
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence.”
Lastly, God knows everything and is big enough to handle me and anything that happens to me. I can bare my soul to Him and He won’t be surprised or tell me that I am too messy or too much for Him to handle. He wants me…all of me.
So, none of the above comes naturally for me. A similar scene occurs every time I remove a splinter from one of my children’s fingers. They scream, cry, and do the rain dance until I can convince them that their finger will feel much better if they would be still and let me help them. I can only imagine what I look like sometimes when God is wanting to help me and I am doing the rain dance…makes me chuckle.
When you frame your life by the truths of God’s character based on His promises, you can know 4 things with comfortable certainty:
1. God is always GOOD.
2. God will always LOVE you.
3. God is your PROTECTOR.
4. God is BIG enough for you and anything that happens to you.
Then any picture you choose to put in this frame comes into focus. Whatever happens to you on any given day can be embraced because you can know with comfortable certainty that God is always good, He will always love you, He is your protector, and He is big enough for you and anything that happens to you.
Stay tuned as I finish up this series in the next few days with the final part of my practice: I believe that I will see progress whereby my soul is nourished and I will have internal peace.
The Master Weaver is weaving a beautiful tapestry called your life. And He is inviting you to commune with Him. What will you do with His invitation?