It is now Wednesday, and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all a bit of encouragement this morning. Here are the readings for today:
- Eph. 6:10
- 2 Corinthians 1: 3-8
- James 1: 2-4
Let’s start with “Strong is Not Wrong”:
The scripture for this lesson comes from the Verse of the Day, Ephesians 6:10:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”
–Ephesians 6:10 NASB
For this reading, I learned that when we feel weak, we find our strength from God and that we need to remember to be humble. The lesson applies to Christian Women, but I feel like it applies to people that deal with mental health as well. You’re going to have moments, even days when you feel weak. But we need to remember to find our strength in God. It says in the Bible, that Christian Women are associated with weakness rather than strength, but the truth is that they were called to be meek, not weak. The same goes for people battling mental health, we live in a society where individuals with a mental illness are seen as weak, when really we were called to be meek, not weak.
Now, before I go further, let me clarify what the word meek means. In the reading, meek is defined as strength under control. The Bible says that Jesus and Moses were meek, not weak. The same goes for Esther, she was meek, not weak. The meek are the humble that understand their strength comes from God.
This life requires strength, as we live longer, life gets harder. Living Godly in a Godless culture requires more strength than anyone can muster on their own, but we’re not alone.
This stuck out to me because there were times when I felt alone and that no one could understand what I was going through. The more I read the Bible, and the more time I spent with God, I realized that I wasn’t alone, and also, I noticed that there were other individuals like me in the world, living with a mental illness.
Now, for Day 1 of “Restoration” by Lecrae:
The scriptures for this lesson are from 2 Cor. 1: 3-8 & James 1:2-4:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
–James 1:2-4 NASB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life”
–2 Corinthians 1:3-8 NASB
For this reading, I learned that God is not surprised by our trials and our pains. We live in a broken world, fueled by sin.
In the midst of the pain, God DOES NOT abandon us. God uses that pain to develop perseverance and make us mature believers. Pain and suffering are essential ingredients to growth and maturity in our faith.
Back in 2011, before I got saved, I was going through some things that I should have never gone through. Things that made me feel like I was worthless and that I was always going to be a screw-up. Now, I know that I don’t have to feel that way because God is always with me, and as long as I’m reminded of that, I will be ok. We need avoid boiling Christianity down to a suffering existence, but instead, we are encouraged to look to our suffering through the lens of faith. When we experience hardship and see the brokenness of our world’s systems, we are encouraged to consider it joy. As citizens of God’s Kingdom, these are reminders that our hope is beyond fulfillment, but our hope is in Christ.
Conclusion: God knows we’re not strong, so He makes us strong. Our Hope, is the hope made fully mature in us that has the power to change the world. We do not despair in hope.
I hope my Quiet Times are helping you through whatever struggles you’re facing. Let me know if you enjoy my Quiet Time posts, and I’ll continue to encourage you and give you some insight to start your day off on the right foot. I’ll check in with you all later on.
Until next time…