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.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.Psalm 33:18-19 (NKJV)
God’s eyes are on those who fear Him and hope in His mercy. This is a seriously comforting fact. I love that in my day-to-day God sees me. He sees me because I fear Him and trust in His kindness and care of me. I really like the give-and-take aspect to this. This proves a relationship between God and His followers — because I fear and hope, He sees me.
God not only sees me, but He acts on my behalf. When I fear Him and hope in His mercy and kindness and care, then He delivers my soul from death and will keep me alive in famine.
These two verses really struck me this week. Especially the part about keeping me alive in famine. That’s such a super specific detail.
One of the things I deal with on a daily basis is keeping my fear in check. I believe in the One True God who protects His kids. I should fear NOTHING. But I’m weak. I let fear in.
When I read the news and see with my own eyes that America is destroying itself, when I witness people treat others abominably just because they disagree with one another, when the powers that be enforce one-sized-fits-all rules for me but not for themselves, and when I hear the scary reports about inflation and see the empty shelves at Target my fear monsters make an appearance. I try my best to take all my worries and fears to God immediately. I do have hope He will defeat my fears. Sometimes my fears dissipate immediately when I pray, and sometimes it takes a while. But when I read God’s Word, when I see His Words in print, that He will protect me from death and famine, then I do truly feel a peace that can only come from Him. When I read that God sees me and will keep me from death and famine, it makes all the scary fear monsters go away. So bring on your inflation and hypocrisy and hatred, World. It means nothing to me cause I serve a God who is a good Father who sees and delivers His kids.
If you have fears right now, take them to God. Show Him that you fear only Him and that you place your hope in Him. When you do this, He will protect you from all kinds of scary things like death and famine and disease. Trust that if God says it, He means it! What a truly excellent God we serve!