3 Ways to Remember God's Promises in a Busy Season
For the last couple of weeks, the only place that I truly opened my hands and trusted that God was in control was at church. The sanctuary and music gave me strength because I felt surrounded by love and constantly felt God’s presence. However, that shouldn’t be the only place where I feel renewed and strengthened.
“28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
It has gotten to that point of the year where everyone is feeling exhausted and lost. The stress of finishing strong with finals, finalizing summer jobs/internships, picking classes for next year, saving money, and maintaining strong relationships has gotten to be too much. Unfortunately, I know some people who even worry about going home for the summer because it doesn’t feel like home anymore. There are a countless number of worries that people have on their minds 24/7, but the stress seems especially prevalent now.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31:25
Even though I have so many resources to connect with God, I find my mind wandering to what I have to get done tomorrow while I’m at Delight or Bible study. And that’s not fair to Jesus, for He asks our hearts to take courage and our souls to stay steadfast.
This mindset of constant worry and stress is exhausting and not healthy for our bodies nor our relationships with God. I have found three ways that remind me that God is faithful when I feel lost and ready to give up:
1. Worship Music
As I said earlier, recently, the only place I completely open my heart to Jesus is when I am worshipping at church or even intently listening to worship music. There are so many songs that allow us to speak truth to ourselves and Jesus. Some of the songs that have spoken to me the most in this busy season are below.
“It's another day in a worn out life/With nothing lost and nothing gained/And I can't make it on my own/And that I know will never change/So my hope is in You/My trust is in You/And You have never failed/You are faithful to provide/You are always by my side/Even though I cannot see/Where you're leading me/I am Yours, and You are faithful/So why do I still try my ways/When all it brings is doubt and fear/Lord help me see, help me believe/In You alone I persevere” -You are Faithful, Carrollton
“You unravel me, with a melody/You surround me with a song/Of deliverance, from my enemies/Till all my fears are gone/I’m no longer a slave to fear/I am a child of God” -No Longer Slaves, Bethel Music
“I've spent my days asking when is my time/Why am I right here/Why is it not clear/There's gotta be something bigger than this/In all of my dreams the grass is so green/Oh Lord, I try to plan out my life/But only You bring peace/Through the sunlight and the shadows/You're the one I follow/No matter where I go to/My eyes are fixed upon You/I will be content/I'm right where I'm meant to be/I'm finally learning to open my hands/And trust that Your love for me is enough/I'm done pretending that I'm in control/You'll always be wiser than me” -Meant To Be, Carrollton
2. The Bible
The Bible has been given to us as a gift. It is living and active. Although it may seem irrelevant to what you are going through because it does not deal with your exact situation, there is always a lesson to be learned and people of great faith to look up to.
“You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for Your Word to renew me.” Psalm 119:114
In Mark 5:25-34, there was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. Her suffering had torn her down and no one seemed to possess the ability to help her. However, when she heard of Jesus, she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed”. Immediately after she had touched Him, she was free from her suffering. Jesus looked to see who had drawn his power from Him and saw the woman. After hearing about her journey, he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
While we don’t have the power to literally touch Jesus, we do have the ability to maintain faith in times of hurt and exhaustion. This woman kept her eyes upon the Lord and when she finally broke through to Him, His blessings were revealed to her. We can do that too! We can be set-free in the promises of the Lord. He will give us rest.
Something that I want to start doing is keeping a prayer journal. Prayers are answered all the time, but sometimes they get overlooked as a coincidence if they happen at a much later time than was once asked for. However, if you had a prayer journal, you could see exactly what you were asking of God, and then be able to go back and realize how God had answered your prayer. It probably wasn’t in the way you were expecting, but it is a reminder that God is faithful and only puts you in situations that you can handle…if we are turning towards Him in those times.
However, prayer shouldn’t be you just asking God for things. It should be a time to praise Him and spend time with Him.
Prayer also can’t be the only way you face struggles. Prayer needs to play an important role in your life, but you also need to take action. In times of stress, we sometimes already have the knowledge of what we should do, but we pray for more guidance as an excuse to postpone what we know we should do. In terms of finals, most of time we know what we need to do to do the best we can, but the work may be intimidating, so we ask God questions we already know the answers to.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:15-16
My prayer for this busy season is that we look to Him first and foremost and be renewed by His steadfast love and unbroken promises.
“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.” 1 Kings 8:56 NIV
Alex // @alex_is_baker