Monthly Reflection – January 2014
I hope that 2014 has begun well for you and that this month’s reflection finds you all well!
A Song of Ascents.
1 Those that trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures for ever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and for evermore. 3 The sceptre of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. 4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. 5 But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.
‘Don’t Panic’– A line that is frequently uttered by a character from a well-known British Comedy – Any guesses? Yes you are right Corporal Jack Jones from Dads Army who when panicking runs around repeatedly shouting ‘Don’t Panic!’ Do you ever feel or act like that?
We all have days or periods in our lives when things just seem to be going wrong- in the last year I myself have had frequent and extended visits to the Doctors and the Hospital due to on-going concerns over my health. At one point the prognosis was fairly bleak and to be honest I didn’t quite know how to respond to a Doctor telling me that I possibly had a life threatening illness- (Which I am Happy to say was not and is not the case Praise God!) whilst in the midst of these worries and troubles I had a choice- to try and stand in my own strength or rely on Lord God to help me through it all!
Sometimes we have encounter troubles in our lives and none of us are exempt from the feelings of fright and worry that we first may feel when things just seem to go wrong, when we get worrying or frightening news or when we just can’t seem to work out why things have turned out in the way they have. It is how we then respond to the issues that confront us that is the truly important thing!
It all boils down to who or what we really trust in our lives- there are many people who will offer you advice about how to deal with troubles in our lives some suggest ‘hit it head on’ ‘don’t let it get you down’ etc these were some of the things that were said to me by good friends who had my best interests at Heart. Other people cope or appear to cope by ignoring the problem, denial of the issue and not talking about it hoping that it will simply go away is very common (More common than you would think!)
The challenge to each and every one of us is to decide in times of trouble or anxiety whether we are going to stand on the word and promises of God rather than giving in to worry or some other form of coping mechanism! A very good friend of mine from church spoke to me one day offered to pray with me and in a very quiet and calm way reminded me that in Psalm 46:1 it says ‘God is our refuge and Strength an ever-present help in times of trouble’ a wonderful piece of scripture that we can choose to believe or not- As for me I choose to believe it I believe that when the chips are down the you and I can bank on the word and the promises of God in any situation. The wonderful picture in Psalm 125 above is of a strong mountain that surrounds Jerusalem just as God surrounds us in our lives – a mountain that can never be shaken! We read in Romans 8-31 ‘what, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’
It is abundantly clear in scripture that ‘God has got our Back’ and that when we need him to help or comfort us that all we have to do is ask! So today and in the future when the chips are down are you going to be like Corporal Jones and run around shouting ‘Don’t Panic Mr Mainwaring’ or are you going to stand firm surrounded by the Love and Promises of a God you can trust with any situation?
Help me to put my trust in you, your word and your promises. Help me in times of trouble and tribulation to remain a true and faithful servant of you.
Branch Leader Hertfordshire C.P.A.