hopeful pondering

The king is not saved by his great army;

a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

The war horse is a false hope for salvation,

and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death

and keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 33:16-19

What is your great army, great strength, war horse, and great might that you hope will save/deliver/rescue you from death and famine? Do you turn to the LORD in times of trial, tribulation, and uncertainty? Or, do you turn to shopping, food, exercise, internet, Facebook, others’ earthly wisdom, or ____________ (you fill in the blank)? Where do you direct your hope?

Just recently, I have been increasingly aware of where I first turn for comfort when I am having a tough day, or feeling down, or just needing someone to tell me it is all going to be okay.  I pick up the phone to call a friend or my husband or my mother. Yet, what has been happening more and more is that no one answers the phone on the other end. I even find myself saying a prayer, “Father, please let “so-and-so” answer the phone. I really need to talk with someone right now.” Funny how no one answers.  I think the last time this happened I must have dialed at least six different numbers.

It was after this had happened several times that I finally realized maybe God wasn’t allowing those people to pick up the phone on purpose. My spirit stirred and helped me to see that the desire of His heart is for me to turn to Him first. I have since been doing that, lifting my prayers up to him, talking out loud to him as I would a friend {Yep, I am sure I look quite strange at the stoplight talking to myself}.

You know what I have found with this practice? I have received great comfort from Him and find that I enjoy these unfiltered, candid conversations with my Father. Before, I wouldn’t pray about my situation until after I had talked it out with someone else. In a way, I was cheating God of my authentic self. He wants all of me… the unedited, unfiltered, raw, authentic me.

Are you cheating God of your authentic self? Are you afraid to be raw before Him? He wants all of you even the raw, unedited, unfiltered version of you. Step out, be brave, have faith. He can handle it all – the good, bad and the ugly.

Our soul waits for the LORD;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

Psalm 33:20-22

newly purposed,


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