“Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12 (NIV)
It is merely a waste of time and energy to fret and worry over things we have absolutely no control over, Amen? God’s prescription for worry and hopelessness is to look up, practice gratitude, to pray, to seek His Truth though His Word and to apply it to our lives through His power. It is all about keeping our eyes fixed on Him. He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He will either change our circumstances or even more miraculous, He will change us through our circumstances.
Having a good grasp of Scripture brings much comfort to a needy soul. Indeed, Scripture tells us in Psalms 107:20 – “He sent forth His Word and healed them”. Further, Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 - “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We are to preach to ourselves and remind ourselves of God’s Truth and His faithfulness in the past. If He was faithful then, He will be faithful now. Personally, I believe that He loves it when we believingly pray promise of Scripture back to Him - resting our hearts in and on Him. He is a such a tender, loving Savior, Amen?
When we can do nothing about a situation instead of thinking or dwelling upon it, pray that God would turn it and use it for both His glory and our good. He is the Master in making beauty out of our ashes. The believer becomes defeated by the adversary when they continually dwell on useless regrets. It is irrational. Scripture tells us to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Pressing on toward the goal to win the prize in Christ Jesus. We are not to mortgage the present by the past – we are not to let the past cause us to be a failure in the present – sucking all of the life out of it. Robbing us of now. If we bemoan a wasted past, we are to seek to make up for it in the present by forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead – pressing on toward the goal to win the prize - for God’s glory and for our good.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)