When a hard season arises (like the one I’m in now) where there are questions with seemingly no answers, where do you turn? Where do you place your hope? In God?
But is my hope fully in Him or do I try to find it in people?
Truthfully, I do find myself wanting a human, someone I can visually eyeball, to give me a solution — throw me a lifeline. And friends will generally give a quick answer. With God, it seems I almost always have to wait. I’m sure you can relate to that one.Which begs me to ask, do I want what’s quick but may or may not be right or do I want what’s right that may or may not be quick? Click To Tweet
Which begs me to ask, do I want what’s quick but may or may not be right or do I want what’s right that may or may not be quick?
My friend Kelly sent me a grouping of Scriptures (via text) the other morning. They made me smile. Not only did they give much needed hope to these weary, worry-prone bones but when I read them I thought, ahh, God knows me better than I know myself.
We Need a RepeatHave you ever noticed how the Bible repeats itself with the same messages spelled out in a variety of ways? I love that because I need it. Click To Tweet
Yup, bless His mighty-yet-merciful-wants-the-very-best-for-us heart. God knows we all are just dumb sheep and need a repeat.
I Guess it’s Nicer to Say it This WayGod made us to be diverse, each of us having unique life experiences.That being said, He knows we will sometimes need to see things from more than one vantage point in order to get the point! Click To Tweet
Tucked between several of the verses my friend sent were those that said the same thing with the same intent but varied on the wording. They stuck out like flashing neon lights as if to say, pay attention, look at this!
Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”
Psalm 146:3,5 says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings who cannot save…. Blessed are those whose help is in the God if Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths.”
I looked for a few more and sure enough they were there.
Isaiah 2:22 says, “Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils.”
Jeremiah 17:5 says, “ Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in the man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.’”
Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots, some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Please hear me on this. These verses are not saying God can’t and doesn’t speak through our friends. He most certainly does. He spoke through my friend Kelly, who sent me the text.
What I believe these sacred words are saying is, we shouldn’t be so anxious to get an answer that we accept the advice of someone over the Word of God only because we can see their flesh but can’t see His. We are to walk by faith not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Seasons that try us try our patience. We want a quick fix. But the warnings are clear. God is our true and certain hope. Every advice heard should be backed by God’s reliable, infallible Word.
I’m thankful to Kelly for being God’s messenger to me. It was what I needed to hear. A reminder that answers are worth the wait and true hope lies solely in Him.
“In you Lord my God I put my trust” (Psalm 25:1).
May this post be to the glory of God.