As Christians, we should never feel alone because our God is always near us. This week I was struggling with some personal issues which were causing me to become anxious and worried. When I began to pray I said, “Lord, where are you while I’m going through all of this?” While I waited for Him to speak to my heart I heard, “I will never leave you. My banner over you is love.”
Our relationship with God is not a genie in a bottle kind of thing. We can’t say, “God, magically fix this problem or correct this mistake.” A relationship with our Heavenly Father involves time listening and studying His Holy Word and His Character. Our challenge is to continually seek His face for advice, encouragement, and direction. He loves us even more than our earthly parents and wants the very best for us, His precious children (Jeremiah 29:11).
The challenge we face is to dedicate ourselves to hearing His Heart. When God spoke to me this week, He gave me two distinct verses.
Songs of Solomon 2:4 says,
“He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 says,
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
You see, I didn’t know exactly where those verses were in the Bible at the time of my prayer, but I’ve studied the Bible long enough to know that the message was absolute Truth. God’s character will never be in contrary to the Bible. His message to me was exactly what my heart needed to settle down.
So what can I do while I wait on my personal cloudiness to clear and the sunshine to return? I camp out on that message: write it on notecards and put it next to my bed, carry it with me to the grocery- whatever it takes to focus on the promises from My Heavenly Father.
My Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your peace and your clear guidance. I stand on Your Truth, My Solid Rock and Redeemer. Your children praise you for being our Refuge. I pray that you would continue to speak clearly to me and those who, like me, need some encouragement. You are faithful and your Love endures forever! Holy Spirit, remind us to stand in Truth. Jesus, thank you for demonstrating unwavering faith. In Jesus name, your children cry out- Amen.