It's easy to get discouraged now days.
Everywhere we turn, the news is bad. Then I look at my own situation and it seems like...well, let's just say it's more than a little challenging. How can I keep from being completely overwhelmed?
That's when it hit me, I have a choice to make. Which will I believe - the situation or God's Word?
Let's look at our options.
God's Word - brings peace.
My situation - creates anxiety and sometimes fear.
God's Word - directs and brings wisdom.
My situation - confuses.
God's Word - builds me up.
My situation - wears me out.
Most important, God's Word never changes.
My situation is constantly changing, despite my feelings that it never does.
Well, it would seem that the choice is a simple one. I can either make the choice to focus on what God says or on my ever-changing situation. One brings peace, direction, encouragement and never changes. The other creates fear, confusion, discouragement, and can change in an instant.
It's up to me to choose which one will get my attention and consume my thoughts.
No matter what excuses I use, the better choice is clear.
Malachi 3:6 (MSG)
“I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed.
Hebrews 13:8 (MSG)
For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.
James 1:17 (NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.