Staying close to god

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High school was a time in most of our lives that was filled with ups, downs and drama due to an excess of emotion and a deficit of maturity. One of the first times I remember the feeling of things coming apart was in high school, as I was pushed into a fight with three girls who were on my basketball team. Two of the girls held me in place while one of the girls punched me repeatedly in the face. She had a lot of experience fighting, and I found out quickly I was no match for her strength and speed. I remember the physical pain and also the emotional pain of feeling completely humiliated and rejected.

Although this experience felt devastating at the time, my mom was there when I got home to comfort me, and my dad was at school the next day meeting with the coach and the principal to defend me. I learned that by praying to God I could be closer to Him than to any other person, and I could hold on to the scriptures for hope when everything seemed to be coming apart at the seams. What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? God is close to us whenever we pray to Him , especially when nothing else is left to hold on to and no one can give us answers to our questions or solutions to our problems.

When all else fails, God never does. He will always be there to catch us when we fall, to tell us through His word that it will be okay when things feel hopeless. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34 was written by David while he was being pursued by Saul, and he had to act like he was insane so that he could escape. David wrote many of the Psalms while things were falling apart around him, and by keeping his eyes on God rather than himself he grew strong and secure. Although we may feel inadequate, God can do anything.

Here are 8 ways that we can draw close to God so that we can make it through the conflict, crisis and chaos to find comfort and courage to carry on. I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. I saw only trouble and sorrow. How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! He trusted God because he knew God was filled with mercy and kindness and was bending down to listen closely to his plea for help. Sometimes we can rely on our own strength to protect ourselves from being hurt in relationships and miss out on an opportunity to trust others and God.

They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge…11 God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you;. He realized that true power belongs only to God and that we cannot control people or circumstances. God wants to hear everything that is in our heart.

His majesty shines down on Israel; his strength is mighty in the heavens. The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! The power we receive from God can help us to persevere through emotional and physical pain and to try again when we feel like giving up. The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. He soothes my fears…. I will always be with the Eternal, in Your house forever. In Psalm 23, David writes about His reliance on God to provide for his needs of rest, refreshment and renewal. He sees God as a loving shepherd and himself as a sheep who is often defenseless and in need of protection and provisions.

Even in the middle of an attack, David was able to meet his needs through God and what He provided. Often when I feel like things are falling apart and my need for security and fulfillment are going unmet, I decide to work harder, faster and longer. But relying on myself only seems to leave me more tired and more afraid. One of the ways God has provided for my needs of encouragement and contentment is through spiritual friendships. Friends help us gain faith, perspective and gratitude. You know when I sit down and when I get up.

You know my thoughts before I think them. You know everything I do. When I was put together there, 16 you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for mel were written in your book before I was one day old. According to the Bible, God is omniscient, meaning he has complete, unlimited knowledge and an awareness and understanding of all things. He sees the future and knows that, if we wait patiently and faithfully, He will work out all circumstances and situations in our lives for something good.

It is comforting to know that when life feels crazy and chaotic, God has planned out our future and is working for our good. One of the hardest times in my life was when I was getting treatments for infertility and ended up having an ectopic pregnancy. This was the only time I got pregnant, and it ended in a miscarriage.

I felt as if my hopes and dreams were crumbling around me, and I was experiencing intense physical and emotional pain. Although this time in my life was one of the most challenging, it was also a time that I felt very close to God.

As I prayed through the discouragement and disappointment, I was reminded through the scriptures that God had planned out my days, and He was working to give me a lasting hope and a great future with Him. God faithfully answered our prayers for a family, and we were able to adopt two amazing girls.

He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. Who but our God is a solid rock…. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. We can also feel like life is falling apart because we have been hurt or disappointed by people in our life. God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. This I know: God is on my side! So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

Because David believed that God cared enough to keep track of his sorrows, He would also keep His word to guard and protect him. Many years ago, I found out that my ex-husband had been unfaithful to me and had been lying about it for years. After trying to reconcile, it became clear that he was not interested in following God or staying together. There were many tearful days and fearful nights as I felt like I had nothing in my life to hold on to except God and His promises to take care of me.

This chapter of Psalms brought me comfort and hope as I learned that God was aware of every tear, promising to bring healing and hope. This time provided an opportunity for me to grow close to God as I held on to His love for me. God used friends in my life to help me get through a divorce, to forgive, and to grow to eventually start a new relationship.

Now we are about to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary this year, and I can say God has been faithful to all of His promises. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. Even if we are not experiencing personal conflict or crisis, we can still feel afraid from the chaos around us. We are living in turbulent times with uncertainty in our political and economic systems.

We are also experiencing social unrest and the damaging effects of a global pandemic. It is important to remember that God is near during these times, and we can also look to Him for help. Providence is defined as divine care, direction with knowledge and understanding of the future. God is in control and, when we believe in His providence, we can be reassured even during difficult times.

Psalm 75 reminds us that God will bring justice, judge the wicked and make the decisions of who will rise and fall. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by. God has a purpose for our lives and even the most difficult experiences can be shared with others. When we reflect with gratitude on how God has rescued us and encouraged us, we can be confident that he will also fulfill his purpose for us.

God wants everyone to understand the truth about who He is, how much He cares, and what He can do in our lives. His desire is for us to show others his heart for us and his power to hold our lives and our relationships together when they are coming apart. The crisis, conflict, and chaos in my own life has helped me to grow in my reliance on God and to help many people make the decision to trust in Him. Listen to this devotional. Walking With God. Author Jason Coulliette. Jason Coulliette graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in architecture, and currently serves as a minister in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He's happily married with two kids and loves working with families and in the community.

Staying close to god

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