(It has been three weeks since I have been home. Today in my devotions was Luke 21:19, “…by standing firm, you will gain life”. I wrote this blog post three days ago. I love how God keeps me on track)
As I write these blogs about my experience in Nepal, specifically during the time of the earthquake, I have been reviewing my journal entries leading up to that day. There was an undeniable connection between those entries and the day the ground shook beneath my feet. From Scriptures to Oswald Chambers’ comments, the LORD was preparing me for that day. Through the following scripture passages and quotes from Oswald Chambers, God was preparing my heart to, “stand firm” so that I wouldn’t give in to the chaos around me.
Oswald Chambers’ comments
— “the burden is lightened by the sense of companionship.” (with the Holy Spirit).
— (based on Matthew 11) – “No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit, it is an inner unconquerableness.” (yes, that is a word).
— (based on 2 Kings 2) – “do not forecast where the temptation will come, it is the least likely thing.”
— “you have remained true to God under great and intense trials, now beware of the undercurrent.”
— “unguarded strength is double weakness.”
— “kept by the power of God” is the ONLY safety.”
— (based on 2 Corinthians 1) – “our capacity in spiritual matters is measured by the Promises of God and not by our education or intellect.”
– Psalm 55:9, “…destructive forces are at work in the city…”
— Psalm 55:16-18, “As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me”
2 Chronicles 15:7, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
2 Chronicles 15:15, “…they sought God eagerly and He was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side”.
(Morning of the earthquake)
2 Timothy 2:3, “endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus”.
2 Timothy 2:4, “no one serving as a good soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer”.
2 Timothy 2:7, “reflect on what I am saying, for the LORD will give you insight into all of this”.
2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.
Practicing spiritual health, spending quality time with Jesus, is the only thing that can truly prepare us for a crisis. Be it physical, financial, emotional, relational, or whatever. Basically any kind of crisis.
With the help and companionship of the Holy Spirit we are able to see, with our own eyes, Christ in the middle of any crisis.
I write like this because I want to share what the LORD has done in my life and to give you an eternal Hope in your journey.
I don’t expect all my readers to agree with what I write, but I do expect that somehow what God poured into me and how He prepared me through Oswald Chambers’ words and various Scriptures, would also encourage you in your journey as you not only face the crisis in your story, but also live.
How do you prepare for what life throws at you?
What are some lessons you have learned from crisis’ that you have experienced?
How has God’s Word impacted your life?
Thank you for joining me on my journey. Blessings on yours.