I have Bible verses in my head that have been there since childhood. I learned them at church, VBS, camp and at home. I can’t always remember the reference, but the words remain…the message is the same. When I read them today as an adult I am filled with a sense of peace and calm. I am reminded that my God is the same. He doesn’t change…even when everything around me feels chaotic.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith … And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 5:7-11 NIV
These words bring back my childhood fears and worries. Also, the peace that came from knowing God loves me and is for me.
These words in 1 Peter remind me of the big emotion I had as a child. I feared the suffering promised in scripture. Also, I remember how God sustained me and encouraged me.
These words remind me of my childhood anxiety of the future. Also, they remind me of how far God has brought me and all God has done in and through me.
I am so encouraged today by these verses from God and the memory of His faithfulness and steadfastness.
What is God reminding you of today?
Dear Father, thank you for memory and words that spring forth to remind us of hope and peace and your presence. In this time, me we see again, how far you have brought us and all you have done. May that memory sustain us along with your presence for the days ahead. Amen.