This morning I have been so mixed up! Thankful on one hand, but wrestling with aggravating thoughts, anger and some sadness, too. Argh! I am an emotionally mixed-up person. Definitely I'm not an unfeeling robot! Here is a passage I had written down from II Chronicles 32.
7 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles." And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king had said.
And then there is this passage from I John 4 where we are reminded:
4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
So maybe I should gain confidence from what God has said. Instead it seems I am walking around so frustrated and halfway ticked off these days. I'm trusting in the "arm of flesh" and it's leaving me empty. I shouldn't be discouraged, but confident and joyful. If God is for me, who can be against me? Of all people, those who follow Christ should have hope, peace and joy, right?
I really need to shift my focus away from this "changing world scene" and fix it firmly on Jesus, the Author and Finisher or Perfecter of my faith.
Easier said than done.