Thoughts for Life
"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?"
This was from one of King David's psalms. He was a great poet King. As a young boy he was a shepherd. He was the one many of us will know as getting into a fight with Goliath the giant - and winning! He was a devout believer in God the Saviour - a living God who could hear him when he prayed to him. Do we believe in a living Saviour God who can hear us when we talk to him? Maybe we don't think we're "good enough" to pray sometimes? Well, King David's life wasn't as altogether pure as might be imagined either. He committed adultery with a woman called Bathsheba. He then had her husband killed! But as with David we too can turn to God with a willingness to honestly admit our mistakes and ask for forgiveness through Christ Jesus. God is always there for us when we do this, and welcomes us as we put our trust in him. How does that help us right now?
How? Because when we ask forgiveness and put our trust in Jesus he becomes our "light and .. salvation" just as the poet-psalmist David wrote. Who or what are we going to be anxious of if that is the case? Jesus becomes the "stronghold of my life" and he will never let me go. As it says in Philippians 4:7, "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." It's like the children's song, "Jesus loves me, this I know, 'cos the Bible tells me so!".
Are we anxious? Then I invite us to pray - that's just plain "talk to" God, just as we would to anyone else. Let's keep it simple, and keep it up. If any of us are not sure what to say, maybe we could just repeat the following:
Lord, I am anxious, I admit it. I fear for myself and my family, my friends and my neighbours at this time. I worry about not being able to help them by visiting them. I feel isolated from them all, and it concerns me. Jesus, I admit I am not perfect, nobody is. In my anxiety would you come and become peace to me, in my mind, body, and soul. Help me to be calm amid the storm, and show compassion, love and peace of heart to those I speak to by phone, social media and video links.
That was simple wasn't it? The next stage is to keep it up. We can make a note of it or come back to it here on this page, and repeat it every day for a week, or a month, until we feel that 'peace of God which transcends all understanding'. It will come!