“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds
are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
- Isaiah 26:3
The Bible is not a book about people who love God and never have problems. We can read story after story about good people who suffered loss - and life is no different today.
Circumstances happen, problems arise, situations catch up with us.
As hard as I try, I can’t control everything!
God has tried to teach me this lesson over and over and over and over again – but do I listen?
NO, and once again I am in the midst of a situation that I cannot control!
Anxiety or peace?
Because of God ... I have a choice!
So today the question is ... “How can I cope with unemployment and still keep an optimistic attitude that God will provide for my needs?”
I can choose to “worry” and ask myself the following questions:
• What if God wants something from me that I can’t give, or don’t like?
• What if God leads me down a road I don’t want to travel?
• What if God’s plans don’t include the plans I have for myself?
Or I can choose “peace” and remember what I’ve learned from scripture:
• Blessing and loss exist for the glory of God!
• He has a plan and purpose for our existence!
• Life is not about never suffering loss and having to endure hardship - it is about maintaining absolute trust in God!
Jehovah Jira is an ancient phrase, which in our everyday language means, "the Lord will provide." I may not know what my next job will be, or where my next paycheck will come from, but I do know that God has a plan for my life - He is in control! So I will fix my eyes on God and trust Him - I choose PEACE.
So now the question becomes ... “What marvelous unexplored possibilities and opportunities are mine to discover - where is God leading me through this experience?”
I can’t wait to find out!
It’s Friday, let’s “sparkle” ... action required ... As you go about your activities this weekend, keep your eyes and ears open for those around you that may be unemployed. And don’t forget to take action - offer an encouraging word, send a note containing a handwritten message or some scripture verses, ask them if there is anything you can do to help, pray for them!
Until Monday, have a great weekend...
God’s Peace, Donna Weaver
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
- I Peter 5:7