I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.Psalm 34:4-5
There have been times I’ve been fearful this year. I’m sure some of you can relate. This definitely has not been the correct response on my part. The world we live in is in upheaval, but we can trust the Lord to hold us and help us through it.
This world is not my home. I’ve been reminded of that time and time again recently. This is okay, wonderful, and good! My hope is in the Lord, and in the home He has prepared for me one day.
When we are fearful, we can seek the Lord. Honestly, we should seek the Lord at all times and in all situations. Psalm 34 is encouraging to me, and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you today.
When we seek the Lord we can count on Him answering us, and delivering us from our fears. But when we seek, we need to do it with our whole hearts. There are times when I haven’t been delivered from my fears, but this is when I am not in a place of total surrender to our Father. I am still fearful when I look back, like Lot’s wife did. How foolish of me. God wants us to wholly rely on Him. We can’t do that when we continue to focus on the problems we may face.
I have been fearful about the lives of my children once they are grown. I’ve also been fearful about being prepared for the future. These fears can feel debilitating. When I’m walking in fear, I lack trust. My heart is not surrendered like it should be!
When we seek and look to the Lord with our whole hearts, we will be radiant! The word radiant expresses an immense amount of joy. Yes, I want to walk in that! This is who I want to be.
We must continually renew our minds, friends. I know for me, when I’m regularly in the Word of God I begin to flourish. His Word is life, and it consistently reminds me just how much I need Him.
When I’m seeking and reading, I need to remember that a humble attitude goes a long way. If I seek Him with a sense of pride or entitlement, then I will not find what I’m looking for. I will not find Him. I need to humble myself first.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”James 4:6
The Scriptures are amazing, aren’t they? Each and every verse gives us more insight about the heart of God, and how He would like us to live.
I hope you have a lovely Sabbath Day, friends. Be encouraged that the Lord loves you, and that He hopes to deliver you from all of your fears.