March 3, 2014

Praise Him in the Storm

and I think have hit the proverbial wall.

I am at that place where I feel as though the entire world, my world, has pressed down upon me, and I can barely stand up or even breathe. I am overwhelmed, and I am undone! Oh, Woe is me (Isa. 6:5)!

My plate is full and I feel as though there is too much for me to do, and that there is not enough time for me to do it all.
  • Complete the website redesign samples for Paradise Church (I was tasked with this last week, thinking I would have two weeks to complete it, and instead found out I had one)
  • Complete my communication paper on Cultural Wars and Family Communication in the Church (half done - due by Wednesday)
  • Design my survey for my Quantitative Analysis course (proposal due on March 15) along with writing my literature review
  • Continue to teach and grade papers (at GCU - oh, PTL for one class this semester)
Plus I am feeling ill today. I woke up with a sore throat, and I am concerned about getting Strep (my Dad went to urgent care yesterday for a sore throat, and yes, it is Strep!) Moreover, I am physically tired, drained, and feeling as though I don't have any energy left over. There is too much, too much for me to do. I cannot do it, I just cannot do it.

Ten Things God Cannot Do

  1. God can't get tired.
    Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.
    —Isaiah 40:28
  2. God can't take on a job he can't handle.
    Ah, Lord God! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you.
    —Jeremiah 32:17
  3. God can't be unholy.
    And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!"
    —Isaiah 6:3
  4. God can't be prejudiced.
    In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him.
    —Acts 10:34-35
  5. God can't break a promise.
    My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.
    —Psalm 89:34
  6. God can't remember sins he's chosen to forget.
    I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
    —Isaiah 43:25
  7. God can't make a loser.
    Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.
    —2 Corinthians 2:14
  8. God can't abandon you.
    Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, he is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
    —Deuteronomy 31:6
  9. God can't stop thinking about you.
    How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with you.
    —Psalm 139:17-18
  10. God can't stop loving you.
    Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.
    —Jeremiah 31:3
Reprinted by permission of Thomas Nelson Publishers from the book titled 101 Things God Can't Do, ©1996 by Maise Sparks. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

If I take this list and reverse it to read "Ten Things Man Can Do to You" it is clear that where man fails, God succeeds. Yes, He can do all things. Yes, He can do the impossible. I cannot do what is needed, but God can do it all through His strength and His will and His determination. I have come to the end of myself, and what is left over is all that IS GOD. Praise be to God, all Glory to His Name, for He is able to do more than I could ask this day. He is able to see me through, to deliver me, and to keep me safe in the shelter of this storm.

Dear Lord,

I praise you in the midst of this storm. You know my comings and goings, you know me so very well, and you know my limitations. I am tired, so very tired, and I feel worn out, used up, and unable to go on. I know that the plans you have for me are good. I know that what I am doing is for you, your kingdom, and the work is your work. However, I am feeling lost, confused, and downright, awful at this moment. What do I do, Lord? How do I go on? I ask now that you would provide to me what is most necessary this day. I ask that you would give me the strength to do the tasks that need to be done now, and not worry or fret over tasks set aside for another day. I also ask that you cover me with your blessing for health and well-being, and that you renew my strength so that I can continue on this day. I lay my life at your feet, Lord. I give you my all, what is left of it, and I confess to you that I am utterly unable to take a step forward without your guidance this day. I am at your mercy, and I wait upon you to deliver me from this situation, this turmoil, this storm. I praise your mighty and merciful Name, and I seek your face this day. Be glorified, Lord; Be glorified in my life this day. I pray this now in Jesus' Name, Amen! Thy will be done, so be it, Selah! (Pause and calmly think about it).

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