I am your share and your allotment. Numbers 18:20b NLT.
Unless your faith is firm,
I cannot make you stand firm. Isaiah 7:9b NLT.
… be sure that your faith is in God alone. James 1:6b NLT.
Support for the priests and Levites in Numbers 18–how tithes should be used. Alliances that set hearts to tremble in fear and a message from the Lord in Isaiah. And James tells if we need wisdom, seek God and He will give it generously: but be sure that your faith is in God alone.
Psalm 55 and David’s enemies make wicked threats, and he is betrayed by a close friend. He is overwhelmed by troubles; his heart pounds in his chest; caught in a wild storm of hatred. Three years ago, I knew what that felt like, in a different landscape.
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT.
A Beth Moore study on James, mere months into The After of life fractured, I sat numb and searching … great joy? I had more questions than answers. Tears and memories still fresh. God was with me through all of that, and I felt His presence like He was next to me. While I didn’t notice the changes, He was making me stronger. I leaned into the Lord like I never had before.
16 But I will call on God,
and the Lord will rescue me.
17 Morning, noon, and night
I cry out in my distress,
and the Lord hears my voice.
18 He ransoms me and keeps me safe
from the battle waged against me,
though many still oppose me.
19 God, who has ruled forever,
will hear me and humble them. Interlude
For my enemies refuse to change their ways;
they do not fear God. Psalm 55:16-19
Recently, God brought Goliath’s sister across my path. I remember getting the head’s up of what waited for me, and I wanted to turn around. Years ago, I might have avoided the whole situation–and I admit, the thought was tempting this time. But I remembered all that God had done for me, even in the darkest days, and how could I not trust him now?
Lord, thank you for being with me through the tough times. Thank you that I can reach a point of looking back and be thankful for pain and trial–because in it and through it, you showed me who you are. I know I can trust you.