David was sick – he had sinned – his friends all avoided him – his enemies were out to see his ruin – these burdens were “too heavy to bear” – he was “utterly crushed” and his heart anguished.
And yet, he declares – “I will wait for you, O Lord, you WILL answer, O Lord my God.” (Ps.38:15) In the end of the Psalm he asks God to “not forsake me . . . not be far . . come quickly . . . help me . . . O Lord my Savior”!
God WILL NOT forsake you. He IS near you today. He loves to help, save, heal, restore, deliver, set free and just love on you passionately. Whatever you are going through . . . “wait” for/on the Lord, cry out to him, believe that He’s there . . . and He WILL answer and help!
Jeremiah 29:11-14 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and NOT to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will CALL ON ME and come and pray to me, and I WILL listen to you. You WILL seek me and FIND me WHEN you seek me with ALL your heart. I WILL be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and WILL bring you back from captivity. I WILL gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and WILL bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (caps for emphasis)
Getting an “Upgrade”!
Ask God today – “What/Who is it that you want to be for me today that you couldn’t be at any other time in my life?”
- Are you going through financial difficulties? He wants to be your provider.
- Are you feeling weary and tired and “utterly crushed”? He wants to be your sustainer.
- Are you feeling scared, unsafe or vulnerable? He wants to be your protector.
- Are you feeling like you have to defend yourself constantly – that you are being accused unjustly? He wants to be your defender.
- Are you sick? He wants to be your healer.
- Are you feeling unloved? He wants to love on you (He LOVES doing this!!)
What is it that God wants to be for you today, this week, in this season? Ask him!
And then find all the scripture you can on it (ie – I printed out verses on God being my sustainer this past week as I was tired and weary of battling some things in my life here) – and then read them every day, meditate on them, allow God to be that for you (ie – let go of your need/right to do it yourself . . . to defend (ie – be quiet and don’t “explain” or defend yourself, your actions, etc), to protect, etc).
Can you do that today?
I challenge you to try it!
Take God for His word . . . He is not a liar . . . so He must truly be able to do what He says He can do. Let him do/be that for you today!
Graham Cooke once said “Warriors don’t seek to be rescued . . . but to prosper and profit from what they are going through!”
You will get through this season . . . but what “booty” or treasure will you take with you once you leave it behind? What “upgrades” does God have for you in this season/today?
Prayer for Today
God, Thank you that you never leave or forsake me. Thank you that you DO, WILL and LOVE to answer my cries for help, for healing, for safety, for security, for deliverance, for forgiveness and more. Thank you that you are always with me – actively pursuing me, and never leaving me. Thank you that you are here with me, and for me, today!
What is is that you want to be for me today that you couldn’t at any other time in my life? What “upgrade” do you have for me in this season that I’m in? I choose to accept your help and your upgrades today. I choose to let you be [whatever He tells you - ie. my sustainer] today and each and every day after it. I hand you [control, my need to defend, my anger, etc]. What do you want to give me in return?
Thank you for loving me so much that you are willing to strengthen, stretch, and be with me in every situation so that I can receive the upgrades you have for me – “to prosper” me and “not to harm” me – “to give [me] a hope and a future”! Thank you God! Thank you for being with me today – in the [muck, the mire, the exhaustion, the sadness and depression, etc]. Thank you for your love!
Drink Deep of what God has for you today!