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Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding.”

—Isaiah 40:28

Over the last month, a lot has happened in my life and a lot of things have changed in our country. There is a new virus that has swept the world by storm, literally, and has changed so much such as optimism in the stock market, in America’s economic strength and stability, the job market, and on and on. Keeping up with this literally takes so much energy and for me, I’m finding it difficult to stay with most of it and keep a sane mind.

Ephesians 6:10 reads “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” As Christians, our energy needs to be devoted to helping spread the Word of God and continuing His work below and we have to complete and finish our current responsibilities and doing both requires a significant amount of energy so our efforts and energies must be committed to proper and necessary people and things, not those that waste our efforts and drain our energies: “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” (Colossians 1;11).

The simple fact is that we are not going to know everything and we must accept this (some people have a very hard time coming to grips with this) but this causes a lot of people many stresses. There have been many times where I stressed the things that I did not know because human beings do not like uncertainty and many do not like change but God’s word tells us not to worry or stress what we do not know: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Rather than stressing and worrying about such things, we need to be in thanks to God but I do understand this is easier said than one: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

What I have learned on my walk with Christ is regardless of what we do and/or where we are, our energies will be spent especially when we are living by God’s word and His divine plan. It will not always be easy and often times, people will not understand why we do what we do but it does not matter who understands, even ourselves. What does matter is that we do them and if we ever need direction, all we must do is spend our energy in God’s word: “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). After all, the Bible is much more than just a book of wisdom and knowledge, it’s from God Himself: “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16).

And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”

—Ephesians 1:19

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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