There has been so much to learn these past months. When I got baptized last year, my ”baptism verse” was 1 Chronicles 16:11 which says ”Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always”.
I find it very interesting how the same scripture can carry you through different seasons and how its meaning changes, in some sense. Let me explain;
These past two months have been a very interesting ride, with many ups and downs. Before entering this new season of my life, I would look to 1 Chronicles 16:11 from an ”addict” perspective. As I would struggle with a specific sin in my life, I would use that to say ”alright, when I’m tempted, I must look to the Lord and his strength”
Fast forward to now, and that verse means something totally different to me. When I feel despair, the ONLY thing I can do is rely on Christ. I seriously, SERIOUSLY, need to look to his strength and depend on him more.
What I’ve learned
These past few weeks specifically, my dependence on Christ and his grace has been beyond what I’ve ever done in my entire life. I’m talking prayer almost 5-10 times a day, constant replays of worship songs, and prayer with my community at Church. There’s one thing I began to understand and notice more and more; God is ALL I need.
I am so grateful for community, but we are called to rely on God first, not people. I was mind blown to be feeling down, for example, and the moment I start praying, I feel the darkness fleeing and my day getting better. Talk about power, right?
Ultimately, I have learned that God is far from limited, and answers prayer all the time. It’s his timing, not ours, but he answers, and there’s no doubt.
Diving head first into reality
Oh yes. What usually happens with most people is the turning to Netflix, Youtube or other social media to ”escape reality”, but what God has been teaching me has been insane. I have literally been going head first into all my struggles and trials and conquering different things bit by bit. Feeling down? Pray. Feeling happy? Pray. Feeling scared? Pray. So much prayer which leads to REAL transformation and actual progress.
We tend to want to escape reality thinking if we watch an episode or two of some show, our problem will miraculously fade, but we all know that’s not how this works
When you depend on Christ more, seek him with your heart and pray, pray, pray, oh baby, you’ll see change. You’ll evolve, you’ll start seeing the Lord answer and guide you in ways you never thought possible. Ultimately, though, it comes down too, do you want to conquer the trial you’re in? Or do you want to binge watch Netflix and pretend like your struggle isn’t real?
There’s a lot I’ve learned so far, and I am grateful for all of it. Praying this encourages you – no matter where you’re at in your life, seek the Lord. After all, God does promise us that when we cling to him, he helps us!
Don’t believe it? Isaiah 41:10 says ”Do not fear, for I AM with you. Do not be dismayed, for I AM your God. I will STRENGTHEN you, I will HELP you, I will uplift you with my righteous right hand.”
Be encouraged! God bless.