I couldn’t help think about this after this morning’s sermon.
It’s narrow and hard and not popular.
If I find myself not fitting in or having to say “no” to good things in order to say “yes” to God things.
If I find myself in a difficult place – and wondering why life can’t be a tad easier.
If I look around and wonder where everyone else is and why the crowd so often seems to go another way.
If the way I’m traveling seems a bit narrow and hard and unpopular – maybe, just maybe, I don’t change a thing about what I’m doing. Perhaps, I don’t pray for a sudden change in circumstances but for the strength to simply stay the course.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:14
• rising up against him • working evil • bloodthirsty • always lying in wait • stirring up strife • against him w/o reason • relentless • arrogant
I’m discouraged just thinking about such an enemy. Sadly, we have all probably experienced some of these things.
Aren’t you glad we (and David) have a God who:
• is a fortress • will meet us • is a shield • is our strength • is our refuge • shows us love
The two that really spoke to me were that:
God shows up. When people avoid, ignore, or disappoint – God will meet me (vs 10.) He is never too busy. There isn’t anything or anyone more important that he needs to tend to before me. When I call – he always answers.
God shows love (vs 17.) While people may say one thing and do another – God’s actions always align with his person and God is love (1 John 4:8.)
Whatever heaviness or heartache you may experience – you can know that God shows up and shows love.