Most days I don’t “feel” very courageous.
Earlier this year I posed a question to God; “God, how do we remain confident in you in the midst of chaos and evil and struggles?”
I had been struggling with allowing my feelings to be moved and manipulated by sight, by what I saw around me and it scared me! The news scared me, the stories I heard of struggles from friends and family scared me, some things that were happening in my life scared me. The unknown really scared me!
In one of my quite times with the Lord, he reminded me of Psalms 27:14 in which David says; “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the Goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” In the video I share about the first time God encouraged me with those exact words and like two years prior those words were a healing balm to my soul.
From those words he began to show me what a confident and courageous heart looks like. We live in a world full of disheartened people, we also live in the consequences of a fallen world, and a fallen world is disheartening. So-what do we look at? What do we fix our eyes on when everything around us can appear so broken. I believe that what we have to look at, what we have to use as the anchor of our hearts is a strong confidence that God is good all the time.
In Matthew 14 Jesus is walking on the water and Peter sees him and wants to walk towards him. So Jesus says; “Come.” and when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
You see as soon as Peter saw the boisterous waves he lost his focus, and he could not see the hand of Jesus reaching out. Because in the natural walking on water is impossible because of the law of gravity. It was only by the supernatural act, of faith, that he could do that.
We may not walk on water, but the only way we are going to see the hand of God guiding us through a chaotic world, through a chaotic storm is to remain focused on His hand, to remain focused on His goodness.
If your joining us for the study, here is what you will want to complete this week
- Pages 63-81 of the CHASE study guide.
- Print and Meditate on Psalms 51:16-17 (below)
- Read and Meditate on Psalms 63
In addition to the meditation scriptures above, I have also created a reading plan through the 73 chapters of Psalms David is credited to writing. This is optional, yet you will be richly blessed and encouraged by David’s words. I am using the SOAP method as I read through each Psalms, you can find out more about the SOAP method and download a workbook for Psalms 1-30 over at Women Living Well.
I am excited for you on this journey! This coming week we will read the story of Saul losing his anointing and David’s days in the wilderness running from a jealous King Saul…we will also tackle the big O word, obedience! What does an obedient heart look like anyways? and what can we learn from David and his Psalms?
See you next week!