All a bit much?
Week beginning: 10th February, 2019 | By Caroline Eade | Cambridge
LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him."... I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.Psalm 3:1-2, 5 (NIV)
We may not feel as if we have enemies, exactly, but we may well feel overwhelmed by various things – or even people – that are oppressive to us. Demands from clients or colleagues, court deadlines, family responsibilities, exams, worries about money or housing... It is all too easy to start believing that God doesn't hear or doesn't care, and won't help.
The psalmist reminds us that God does hear and will answer. He sustains us for each day – it is only because of him that we wake each morning. Jesus himself described death as no more than 'sleep' – if we can trust him for our resurrection life, how much more for the strength we need each day.
Let's remind ourselves that we do not and cannot sustain ourselves and that we are already dependent on him in everything. Whatever may overwhelm us, none of it is beyond the Lord's power or love for us.
1. For those in LCF who are facing significant challenges in their lives – that their trust in God's love and power would be deepened.
2. For all of us, that as we learn to live in greater dependence on the Lord, those around us would be prompted to ask about the peace and hope they see in us – and that we would be bold to answer.