Everything I Need

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…” Psalms 46:1-2a KJV

Some agendas were laid on my heart for 2012. Willing, I feel enthusiasm. Fear grips me as well. The challenges and limitations of my health issues are major obstacles, roadblocks, and inadequacies. I am reminded of Moses who could not speak, Paul’s unknown “thorn in the flesh,” and a shepherd boy who killed a giant with a stone. Everything they needed, God provided as they yielded to His will.

In looking over my own life, I see God’s strength sustain me through every difficulty; a refuge when I am weak; my help in living with challenge. I only need to be willing to His calling, not qualified. Confirmation came in two unexpected ways. Friday I received a pamphlet in the mail I shouldn’t have received with some helpful resources and possible opportunities for the matters in my heart.

This morning, the first part of my devotions concluded with the following poem while this song played in the background. With God, nothing is coincidental.

“Lord, thank you for your strength and refuge, for your comfort and assurance when I am afraid. Thank you for the Biblical examples of ordinary men acting on faith, affirmation of what You can do when I seek your will with a willing heart. Help me to continually trust you. You are everything I need. Amen.”

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The Will of God

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

Everything happens for a purpose. We may not see the wisdom of it all now, but trust and believe in God that everything is for the best.

~Author unknown

Lisa Copen submitted this poem. She is the founder of Rest Ministries and lives with rheumatoid arthritis. (I love their devotionals.)

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~ by Debbie Richardson on January 2, 2012.

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