NAME: Samalee “Sam” Allen
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: “So I tell all nations on earth, ‘Watch what I will do!’” — Jeremiah 6:18 (CEV)
It was the morning I was to speak at a ladies’ retreat. My mind was busy before I opened my eyes. I was worried. My mind was mapping out various strategies to attempt to solve what I’ve deemed The-Really-Big-Problem. No matter which approach I made, The-Really-Big-Problem loomed. At one point, I almost saw it growing. How can I speak about casting our cares on God when my faith is paralyzed from worry?
In early August, The-Really-Big-Problem was an obstacle to an opportunity when the assuring voice of God whispered, “Watch what I can do.” I calmed myself instantly. Now, weeks later, thinking I had mistaken the whisper to be of my own making, I allowed The-Really-Big-Problem to once again begin suffocating my faith.
When will I learn those lessons? Because God is a long-suffering Father, He chose to reveal His promise to me while reading Jeremiah. If you’ve ever read this book in the Bible, you’ll understand it’s not a pleasurable read. Jeremiah was on my list for September and determination was my drive to quickly get through that book.
Until 6:18 (CEV).
There it was. No. There HE was capturing my attention in black and white with the same assuring words meant as a warning to an obstinate nation.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Worry is never useful. It diminishes us. Perspective is skewed causing opposing ideas to God and His Word. The imagination worry conjures cuts the oxygen to our faith. Thus, pulling the plug on an abundant life pleasing to our loving, living, Creator. I will tear down imaginations and everything (like The-Really-Big-Problem) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and disable every anxious thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
PRAYER: God, forgive me when I choose to live outside of your blessing for me when I choose to worry. I read in Your Word that it is impossible for me to please You without faith. I don’t want to live there, anymore! Today, I walk in faith. You are bigger than any “problem” which would try trip me up! “Greater is He who is in me!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Samalee “Sam” Allen and her minister-husband have been in ministry together longer than they’ve been married! She loves to teach the Word as it relates to everyday life.