Happy Hump Day Divas! Today, I am so honored to have a guest blogger, Emily Watkins.
I affectionately call her a blogger because Emily is just swirling around the idea of blogging. However, after you read her words, you will agree with me when I say that she is an excellent writer and has a true calling of encouraging and edifying! Emily is a regular attendee of my fitness classes. I just love having her uplifting spirit in class.
When Emily told me that she wanted to write, I begged her to guest post for me! I am so happy she did. Her post today is inspired by the song I Need You by Elevation Worship. I LOVE this song. My church youth group used to sing this song quite often…what a blessing to teach young people and to remind myself of the experience of joy that occurs when we trust what God says.
Here are Emily’s Words:
“Give me faith to trust what You say-That You’re good and Your love is great.I’m broken inside;
I give You my life.”
This song of supplication reveals my heart more often than I care to admit. And I suspect more often than you care to confess as well. From the book of Genesis to the pages of our own lives, we find ourselves face to face with the root of all of Satan’s schemes – the deception that God is NOT good and His love is NOT great.
Isn’t that at the core of our internal battles when things just don’t seem to go our way – that God is keeping something from us that we need or want? I know, I know. We don’t want to admit we think that way, particularly as hand-waving, scripture-quoting believers. The facts are what they are though.
Our bodies are sick. Finances are strained. Jobs are scarce. Loved ones are estranged. We’re broken. And in the midst of ALL of this, we’re supposed to boldly declare, “Lord, You are good and Your mercy endures forever.” We are to passionately proclaim, “You love us with an everlasting love.” But often times, internally, we are screaming, “if You’re so good and Your love is so great, then why is my life in such turmoil?”
I could easily suggests any number of scriptures of encouragement to refute our despair. And all would be appropriate and true. But again I’m drawn to the first line of the chorus of Give Me Faith – “Give me faith to trust what You say.” It reminds me of Mark 9:14-29 which recounts the story of a father whose son has been demon-possessed for years. When the disciples were unable to drive out the evil spirit from the boy, the father brings him to Jesus.
In response to the father’s plea for help, Jesus tells the troubled man, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” But look at the despondent father’s reply: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 NIV
Do you see it? Do you see the father’s internal battle – the wrestling within his soul for what he knows is supposed to be true about Jesus versus the distress of witnessing his child being abused by this evil spirit?
This is an honesty that Jesus not only understands but responds to. Jesus understands that our flesh dares our spirit to stand up against what we experience every day in this sin-inflicted world. Truth be told, the voice of the world is so incredibly loud that in our own strength it is impossible to stand against the schemes of the enemy. But it is not impossible in the strength of God’s Spirit.
The song lyrics are true. We do need faith to trust what God says, to trust that God is good and that His love is great. We do need faith to admit that we are broken and the only choice we have to be made whole is to release our lives into God’s care. As we acknowledge our need for more faith, seeking the One who Is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, we can stand secure in knowing: “I may be weak, but Your Spirit’s strong in me. My flesh may fail, but My God, You never will.”
Thank you Emily for sharing your heart. God has truly blessed my life with some awesome women!
How can you remember to trust God this week?