Emergency Numbers

12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us […]

12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:12-17 NIV)

In my office, I have a piece of paper hanging on my wall that has emergency numbers…verses to ponder in times of uncertainty. The verse above is entitled “When the World Seems Bigger Than God.”

We have all been hit with feelings of “when will this season of sickness end.” As in Eric’s lesson a couple of days ago, we have found ourselves in one of these stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

What has been getting you through the past few weeks? What has gotten you through the hills and valleys of your life? What is your focus as you strive to overcome the hurdles?

Counselors teach us, during times of suffering, grief and sadness to “Lean into the discomfort.” In the verse above, who better to lean into that discomfort, uncertainty, and fear that we are facing than God? We are certainly battling circumstances that are bigger than what we can handle. Share those emotions with God out loud and personal.

Trust Him.

Trust Him.

Trust Him.

Trust Him…

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