Lately I have been consuming my brain with other peoples problems & struggles. I stress. I worry. I shouldn't, but I do. I want to make decisions for them. I want them do right. I am not perfect. I just want to help. It's not good for me. It's not good for my marriage. We have our own problems. We (I) tend to keep our problems to ourselves. We don't express every problem or struggle to every single person.
Sunday it's like God slapped me in the face. Our preacher preached about the word 'always'. The title of his sermon was "God is always . . .", then you can fill in the blank. Literally. God is always there for you/me. God is always listening. God is always paying attention. I could go on & on.
The word always means 'every time and without exception'.
He named things that are not always there for us; such as our car, employers, friends, government (ain't that the truth!), & more. He said that we have accepted in our society that always is sometimes. It's sad but true.
The main verse he used that morning was from Exodus 15:18, "The Lord shall reign forever & ever." (NKJV)
It's funny I how I really realized that I have never physically seen/met God, but I trust Him with my life. As simple & silly as that may sound, it's true.
There are some people in my life that I don't think I could trust with my life, fully.
God is always the same. He doesn't change. Unlike some people that may change, He doesn't. He isn't fake or pretend to be like someone else.
Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I do not change..." (NKJV)
Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (NKJV)
Tears were flowing Sunday morning during the service. I never get like that during a service. Since I do the screens for our church, I am always focusing on them & not wanting to mess up. Sunday morning, I didn't care if I messed up. Who am I kidding? I did care (ha!), but you get what I'm saying! I really needed to hear the words he was speaking.
God was speaking to me, through our preacher. Saying that no matter who or what may fail me - He is there. Always has been, always will be.
I have a hard time letting things go & truly giving them to God. I need to let Him deal with things, not me. I need to let him handle other peoples situations because I know there really is nothing that I can do. I really needed to write all of this down & get it off my chest. It has helped me in the past! I hope I can really let all of this sink in & really listen & follow through.
Nikki over at The Pink Growl actually wrote a post about 'always' earlier this week. Think He is trying to give me a few hints or something?? Funny how things work.
Always may be an empty promise in today's world, but is is a fact in God's word. When the Bible says 'always' about God, always is what it means.
-Dr. David Jeremiah