Traveling through Memory Lane - Day2
The Lord is my Helper - He’s my Keeper
· As you reflect over 2023, remember every situation/circumstance that came in your life, the Lord kept you. David penned it like this: I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence come my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Behold, He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand (Psalm 121:1-2). Please read all the verses.
· Hearing unpleasant news can send shock waves through us, but once we get over the shock, there is more calmness and peace. Remember how the disciples were in great fear when the storm arose while they were on the ship?
And when He was entered the ship, His disciples followed Him. And, behold, there
arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep. And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
· And He saith unto them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him (Matthew 8:23-27).
· I was on a ship in the Caribbean, many years ago, and was awakened when the ship seemed to be rocking because of the rough waters. This verse came to me: Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still And the wind ceased and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39).
· A calmness came over me. That’s why we need to know scriptures. When something that seems almost devastating comes up, the Holy Spirit (our Helper) brings them to our remembrance. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (John 14:26).
· Only Jesus can give us peace in the middle of our stormy situations. Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor fearful (John 14:27).
· Let’s think of various storms (trials, tribulations, persecutions, afflictions and etc.) that come through sickness, job loss, death of a loved one, abandoned by someone close to you, someone hurt our feelings so bad, it’s difficult to get over it.
· I’ve experienced many of the things listed during my soon to be forty-two years of walking with the Lord, but each situation made me stronger. That’s what this is all about anyway. There is a saying, “trials are sent our way to make us stronger, not bitter”
· My brothers and sisters, whatever you are going through, regardless of hard your boat is being rocked, trust Jesus who is with you; He is in the boat with you, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Grace and Peace ~ Betty A. Burnett