Dealing with Pain
Proverbs 22:17-19 : Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
Recently I was massively challenged to change the way I studied the Bible to include reflecting on how the passage should change me. This awesome reading reinforces this when it says apply your heart to what I teach. It is not enough that the teaching remains in my head and a series of thoughts shared on this blog, but what I learn needs to change my attitude, my approach to life – it needs to be applied.
I get lots of comments affirming my gift of teaching, but actually my goal isn’t teaching but to share my earnest journey deeper into God’s Word, my attempt at drawing closer to God. The closer I come into God’s presence the more joy, confidence and assurance I have. And how does this happen practically?
So that your trust may be in the LORD. The closer I move to God, the more I find myself trusting God. And trusting God is really big for me right now.
I am presently facing a hugely difficult emotional issue and in the midst of my pain I trust that God is guiding me, that God is with me through this difficult time. When my faith is strong then this feeling of trust, of knowing God is with me increases.
And over the past few days as I face this emotional issue I have found myself praying absolutely heaps – long periods of prayer mixed with much thinking and reflection; and through this God has really blessed me with a strong sense of peace. I am trusting that God is with me. And prayer has been key.
So as I pray more, as I engage the Word, as I move closer to God, so to my trust in God grows. And as my trust grows, so to does my sense of peace that God is in control. What seems insurmountable to me, what threatens to overwhelm me suddenly becomes manageable when I rely way more on God.
Trusting God to deal with my pain as I draw closer into His presence through heaps of prayer, reading and acting out His teaching and opening myself up to the Holy Sprit. God is so awesome!!
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
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