I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8
In those moments when the rain refuses to stop, life begins to appear just as gloomy. I’m not sure how people who live in the northwest find themselves in sunshine. While the many drops of rain puddle in the yard and create ponds and sometimes rivers for days on end, I become increasingly more vulnerable to thinking less on encouraging things. My chin and eyes, fixed on above drop and ponder — wonder — think. The mind begins and continues to spin and in the world of wonder there is a playground of doubt that is fed by the evil one to discourage. The cycle is a vicious spiral digging deeper into the muck of all that seems less than fortunate. And then one dwells.
But David reminds us of the ever present hope in our Maker! The one who sits upon the throne — rain or shine! And in this Truth, God defeats discouragement through the hope of His promise to never leave our side — to be the Hope and the Finisher of all He created — including me! Amen!
It’s more than just a state-of-mind. It’s a belief, a faith in knowing the truth of His endless and unconditional love for me that changes things. Bending in the shape of His will results in the shape of the cross! It’s matchless and unlike anything ever known or understood. So, despite circumstances, I stand on this promise!
Where does my strength come from? It comes from the Lord!
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
by: Mark Cruver