"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them". And Elisha prayed, "Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see." Then the Lord opens the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:16-17)
This exchange happened between Elisha the prophet and his servant while Israel was at war with another nation. That morning, the servant had woken up to see the enemy army, horses and chariots surrounding the city. But Elisha knew that there was no reason for fear, that the Lord's army was on their side, outnumbering the enemies and ready to fight for Israel. This is a testament of God's love for His people - whatever we're battling with, be it an army of thousands, stress from work or school, or even our own minds, God is on our side. His love for us is bigger than anything and everything that stands in our way and the battle is already won. So lift up your struggles and fears to God and He will be your strength and you will win this battle.
"Having been blessed with a family that loves the Lord, I’ve been a Christian for almost all my life, but I have always shied away from baptism. Despite desperately wanting to be baptised, I let the fear of speaking in front of people convince me that it wasn’t necessary for my devotion to God. But if I won’t even speak to a crowd of people who share my faith, then how am I truly devoted to Him and prepared to follow Him wherever he may lead me? I want to get baptised today because I don’t want to allow fear to hold me back from declaring my love for Him and my thankfulness for all that He has done and will continue to do." - Eliana Gowlett
A very important quality that each person should have. However, often in the time of hardships, we neglect the importance of it.
It could be hard sometimes when we experience different circumstances like losing a job or a loved one, quarrels between family and friends, or even failing an exam.
Yet, we must still remain grateful in all circumstances. This is a test God has planned for us. God will never place you in a situation and leave you with it. He will walk you through it. He will guide you. And He will show His love and faithfulness to you.
Billy Graham once said, “Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness.”
But the key is to remain trusting in the Lord despite the circumstances and always give thanks to the Lord just as the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.”
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)
Jesus said this to his disciples before he was arrested and crucified, telling them not be troubled or worried, knowing that he would leave them. He promises not only that he would return, but that he would send the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort them. (John 14:26). "Peace I give to you" was a common greeting among the Jews, but when Jesus said it, it wasn't just empty words. His peace surpasses all worries and fears in the world. When you're filled with the peace of God, and have the Holy Spirit guiding you, there is no room for a troubled spirit or fear. So use this week to take a few steps in this direction, let go of your worries little by little and let the peace of God embrace you and lift you up. .
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)