‘Peace over Panic’
When the struggle is real our confidence in the Lord can be shaken. One trouble after another makes you want to run away from God spiralling you into a deep dark rabbit hole.
The darker the night … our faith gets shaken making us question ourselves in the darkness “Where is your God?” making the nighttime feel ten times longer.
In moments like these let us remember that anything we face can be overruled by the Lord at any time especially when you least expect it.
One word from the Lord can calm every troubling thought, resetting our mind turning them into prayers of hope.
The Psalmist David said that when he felt discouraged, he challenged himself to take on a positive attitude. He preached to himself, he encouraged himself, and in the nighttime, he fixed his eyes on God.
God does not expect us to have all the answers to why bad things happen to good people … but based on Psalm 42 we are encouraged to speak loudly and clearly to ourselves – “Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope in God”
Peace over Panic. Faith over Fear. We will not just go through problems, but we are going to GROW through everything that interrupts our peace of mind.
Psalms 42 NKJV
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him. For the help of His countenance.
O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me – a prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.