“And because of his glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. ” ~2 Peter 1:4
This morning I woke up with my mother on my mind and felt heavy hearted. Coincidently, Mother’s Day is in four days.
However, before I could become too consumed with gloom, God put the thought RIP in my mind.
Most of us are aware that RIP stands for “rest in peace” and is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase Requiescat in pace.
But today God graciously gave me a new meaning and replaced rest in peace with rest in promise. Thus there is no reason to be sad when I can infinitely hope in the Lord.
The Bible says that “the dead know nothing” Ecclesiates 9:6 which is true. But our omniscient, unchanging, constant God “cannot lie” and is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” Hebrews 13:8. With this knowledge we can be assured that even in death, His promises remain the same for us. Hallelujah! This revelation brought so much joy to my heart I almost shouted!
Psalm 37:25 says “…Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken” thus death has “no sting” or victory in the face of God and His word which can never return void.
May my precious mother continue to RIP until “the Lord Himself comes down from heaven!” ~1 Thessalonians 4:16
Today I was able to raise both arms worship style since my surgery. Praise Him!
Today I was able to encourage another person going through what I am. Praise Him!
Today I received a beautiful love token from my job. Praise Him!
God simply has been overwhelming me with His everlasting love. Praise Him!
“The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.” ~Judges 5:5
Everyone living will experience their share of trouble. No one is exempt from it. The Bible clearly states in James 1:2, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, when being the operative word. Thus, facing problems of all levels should not shock us. They certainly do not surprise God.
Wisdom comes from spending time at the feet of the One Most High. His word says that He will be a very present help in times of trouble. He will give us the strength needed to scale the mountains of our lives. He has also given us the Bible to be a “lamp to our feet.” Paul wrote in the book of Romans “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (v.4).
God will speak to you during these times and you only need to be still and listen. Don’t waste your lesson while at the foot of the mountain. Take the time to glean all you can while climbing. Mountaineer Stephen Venables states “The summit is not the glorious climax; it simply is the point when you are furthest from the base. The views are always better on the way up.” There is value in the valley. The Lord wastes nothing and uses ALL things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, Romans 8:28.
Even when our problems are self-induced, He can still work it out in our favor and reroute us. His GPS is greater than any made by Garmin or Magellan. Shift your focus away from the mountain and onto the Creator of the mountain. We will get through. As a result, we will be qualified by God to help someone else overcome their mountains. Problems can serve to purify us. They can also humble us. How else would we appreciate the beauty of healing if we didn’t have pain?
So take heart and really do count it all joy. When we are weak, He will strengthen us. He will give us supernatural ability to navigate whatever we may be going through. He has promised to do so and His Word can never return void.