Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Psalm 18:30 (ESV)
This God — His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.
I love this verse. The notion that God is my shield is truly mind blowing. What a fantastic image. I envision God to be this massive, impenetrable force who won’t let anything get at His kids. BUT, there is a condition to God’s protection. We have to run to Him first. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. If I want God’s impenetrable protection, I need to admit I need His help. I have to put aside my human pride and go to Abba. I have to go stand by Him. Don’t get me wrong, God loves us always no matter what. We are His creations and He loves us to infinity and beyond. But if we choose to walk away from Him, how can He protect us?
So maybe some of you reading this are saying, “Well, if God is my shield then why do bad things happen to me?” And, maybe some of you, like me, are reading Job this week and you know that God allows bad things to happen in order to test us, so how/when does this “God-shield” come into play during testing times? These are great questions. And, I don’t have the answers.
All I know is that when I behaved like a petulant child to God — a know-it-all who didn’t need my Abba — the bad things were always really bad. I would suffer from depression. I would feel totally alone. And, when I finally thought about Him, it would be angry thoughts. Those accusing thoughts where I would shake my fist at Him and ask, “If You’re so big and mighty why are You letting this happen?” Looking back on myself I realize I was a BIG jerk to God. Who would want to protect that?! As I grew in my faith, and my Bible studies became more about a relationship between me and God, and less about me looking like a good Christian girl, I noticed that things still happened in my life, but they didn’t seem to wipe me out as badly. Now, in my older years, it is my natural instinct to go to God. I take everything to Him now, even the mundane things. When big, scary things happen, like my daughter getting badly sick (respiratory infections are frightening things when your child started out as a 2 lb. premie) or my best friend being diagnosed with cancer, I’m still sad and scared and worried, but turning to Him makes things bearable. He is my refuge and my rock. And in this, His Word proves true every time. What a wonderful, awesome Abba we all serve!
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective