Thursday, March 21, 2013

Turn Upward To God

Tonight, while I was sitting and thinking about many things, I looked down at the page my bible was opened to and saw this verse...

Psalm 57:7 NLT

My heart is confident in you, O God;
    my heart is confident.
    No wonder I can sing your praises!

That's an easy verse to understand and yet for some reason...Obviously eyes were drawn down to the study notes. The last sentence is what really spoke to me...

In times of suffering, don't turn inward to self-pity or outward to revenge, but turn upward to GOD. 

This statement really hit home with me. I am one that tends to sit and reflect...turn all my thoughts inward...about things in life. It doesn't take long before satan is using this to his advantage! I know that God showed this to me tonight because He wants me to "get a grip" on life! Figure out what is going on with me...get up...and keep going. Get rid of all the "mental activity" that is dragging me down and turn my thoughts back to Him. Turn upward to God. 

Right across the page in Psalm 55 is another good verse...

Psalm 55:22 NLT

Give your burdens to the Lord,
    and he will take care of you.
    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

The study notes for that are...

God wants us to give our burdens to Him, but often we continue to bear them ourselves even when we say we are trusting in Him. Trust the same strength that sustains you to carry your 
cares also. 

Just before going to sleep last night I picked up the bible by my bed and opened it right to this verse. Is God trying to tell me something...Yes. Have I been listening...No. But tonight...this all hit me...

Our Lord is amazing the way He just keeps after us. After me. Lately I have just been one big fail after another. That's how I see myself...but He doesn't. He keeps on talking to me...reaching out to me...trying to pull me back in. Yet my mind heart wanders. I seem to be caught in a struggle...a wrestling match of some sort. But God...He doesn't give up. He doesn't abandon. He is there for all time...right slack but not too much. He doesn't ever let go...and I am thankful! 


1 comment:

Brenda said...

Hi Chelle,
I know in my own life that looking up to God is the best place to look. When I am weak He is strong and His word proves true.
God bless