Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches!
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.

Lamentations 2:19 ESV

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tooth and Nail

Oh, my goodness!! I picked up our smallest cat, Phoebe, to give her some love, and she threw a fit! Another cat was in her sight, and she was growling, huffing, AND trying to bite and scratch me. Did she really think she was not safe in my arms? If I hadn’t had a good grip on her, my skin would have become torn and bloody. Evidently, she really doesn’t believe I can be trusted.

Isn’t that what we do sometimes to our God who just wants us to be still and receive His love?
Yet, we often fight tooth and nail—Oh! Now I know what that means!—to get away from Him. We say we believe in Him, but yet we evidently think that He’s not to be trusted to handle our fears; He’s not to be trusted with the “what ifs” of life. We’ve no time or patience to relax in His presence and trust Him that He’s got this!
It was a reminder to me that we don’t have to be burdened with fear. We can take all our anxieties and worries and lean back into the arms of the One whose love empowers us with courage.

Let’s choose to relax as we take our fears to Him in prayer. He’s strong enough to hold us tight. And He’s completely trustworthy!

The Lord is my light and my salvation— Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread?
Psalm 27:1 (AMP)