Focus on Self-Improvement
Teach me how to live, oh Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands… Psalm 27:11-12 NLT
Last night, I dreamed that I was on an island and was being pursued by an enemy. As I was walking through the trees, another individual was running toward the clearing, but suddenly stopped, and just stood as if he could not take another step. When I reached the clearing, I realized that both of us were at the edge of a high cliff with the ocean beneath us. We had to make a quick decision, either to jump into the water or to be subdued by the enemy.
As I watched the other individual jump from the cliff, he disappeared into the depths of the watery abyss. I made the decision to be recaptured by the enemy, but then I heard a command to climb down the mountain. I whispered a prayer, fearing that I would fall to my death, even so, I began to climb down until my feet reached the solid foundation of the ground at the foot of the mountain. Immediately, I was met by a rescue team of individuals who were waiting to take me to safety.
I have never dreamed anything that I could recall so vividly the next day. For me, this dream is not a fictional adventure story, my dream reflects my weakness in seeing the circumstances as impossible. With His great love, God has also given the reassurance that when I fully trust in Him, He will always deliver me from the hands of the enemy and bring a resolution to the tumultuous problems that I face.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT
God knows our problems, our fears, and our concerns, all He asks of us is to come to Him in prayer, and to faithfully trust in his power to relieve us of the heavy burdens that we face.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
We must learn to live by faith and trust God completely in spite of circumstances.
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God, you have proven over and over that your love, grace, and mercies extend beyond our limited thoughts. We ask you to forgive us for doubting your power. As we strive to live by faith, please help us to know who you are and how much you love us. This prayer we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019