Saturday, April 21

Jesus Calling - May 21st, 2024

Jesus Calling: May 21st

     I, the Creator of the universe, am with you and for you. What more could you need? When you feel some lack, it is because you are not connecting with Me at a deep level. I offer abundant Life; your part is to trust Me, refusing to worry about anything.
     It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about these events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control of a situation, to bring about the result you desire. Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. Determined to make things go your way, you forget that I am in charge of your life. The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to My Presence. Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do. I am the Lord!


Romans 8:31-32 NLT
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

Additional insight regarding Romans 8:31-34: Do you ever think that because you aren't good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then, these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn't going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn't going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God's redeeming grace - it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.

Micah 7:7 NLT
7 As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.

Additional insight regarding Micah 7:7-10: Micah showed great faith in God both personally (7:7) and on Israel's behalf (7:8-10) as he proclaimed that (1) he would wait upon God because God hears and saves when help is needed, (2) God would bring his people through when times were tough, (3) Israel must be patient in punishment because God would bring them out of the darkness, and (4) their enemies would be punished. We, too, can have a relationship with God that can allow us to have confidence like Micah's. It doesn't take unusual talent; it simply takes faith in God and a willingness to act on that faith.

Today's Prayer: Lord, You, the Creator of the universe, are with me and for me. What more do I need? When I feel lacking, it's because I'm not deeply connecting with You. You offer abundant Life; help me to trust You and refuse worry. It's not the events but my thoughts about them that cause anxiety. My mind tries to control outcomes, forgetting You are in charge. Help me shift my focus from the problem to Your Presence. Help me to stop my striving, and let me watch what You will do in awe and amazement. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 21, 2024

    What a beautiful prayer for anxiety and stress! God is the focus! Let go and give it all to him. Focus on the Lord. “Watch him in awe and amazement”