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:
Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
Two days ago, I found out some negative information that confounded me and hurt me so deeply I literally could not speak. I am not at liberty to share this information because of privacy issues and wanting to protect the person greatly affected, but suffice to say, if I could tell you, you would be absolutely shocked too.
This bit of information bugged me so hard that hours later I still could not process the news fully. I was getting frustrated and angry. I wasn’t able to think straight. I couldn’t put into words what I was feeling, so I didn’t even know how to pray. And forget trying to get a book review written. I was a total popped brain!
But I knew I needed God, so I went to my Bible app and began a new study called Overcoming Frustration by Eric Celerier. I highly recommend the plan!
Have you ever gotten so frustrated that you cry out, “I don’t understand”? Yeah, that was me two days ago.
I want to quickly share a small piece from the devotional to the study plan I started:
[God’s] thoughts are not ours … God doesn’t think, and thus doesn’t act, like we would. So if God proceeds in a way you don’t understand, is frustration inevitable? Are you doomed to live frustrated? What if part of the solution was hidden in simply accepting the frustration, telling ourselves that God knows better than we do and is always acting in our best interest?
Whoa! This spoke right into my heart and made Isaiah 55:8 jump off the page in a whole new way. God doesn’t think like I do. God doesn’t act like I do. I think on such a small scale. I think about myself, my family and friends, and my students. But my thoughts start with me. God is SO BIG. He thinks about the beginning of time, the end of time, the middle of time, me, you, the whole world, the past, present, and future. And He does it all at the same moment forever.
God sees the WHOLE tapestry of His plan, but I only see one thread — the thread He ordained for me to see. Yes, this very bad thing I can’t talk about has happened. It’s very bad. I’m 1000% certain God would agree it’s a bad thing. In my myopic smallness, it’s a BIG thing. But to God, who knew about this thing before it would happen, it’s a small piece of lint on my small piece of thread in God’s larger tapestry. I need to trust that God’s got it all figured out because He is the master weaver.
If you are frustrated today, and you want to yell out, “I don’t understand,” it’s OK. Because God understands and He has it all under control. Lean into Him because He will guide you through.
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes