“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra–what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.”
2 Timothy 3:10-11 New King James Version
I love the header on this passage as it states, “The Man of God and the Word of God!” How powerful that word is!
Words matter! His Word–most importantly and above all. These words are living and powerful. The same way that emotions are. I hate to be the one that sits in that puddle of sadness, disappointment, discouragement or the like, because it leaves you feeling so frustrated.
But perspective is key! Focus is necessary! Redirecting that disappointment to become the very appointment that you can have with God EVERY single time is the healing balm we need! I hate disappointment. But I love that this truly does become my appointment with God.
The Apostle Paul faced so much on his journey to minister God’s word. He reminds us of how real persecution can be present during those times. As we live to do the right things for God, some of that will push us right to the place where we will face the MOST opposition! But God comes through in each of those circumstances.
In every place that he named that became fiery for him…he says “and out of all of them the Lord delivered me.” Those words are sealed in my soul. He will deliver me, rescue me, comfort me, calm me, soothe me, heal me, love me, strengthen me and be that advocate for me. The same way God came through for Paul–He will come through for you and me! ❤
I read in “The Language of Letting Go” by Melody Beattie today, “Our expectations need to be reasonable. Expecting perfection is not reasonable!”
I asked myself this question and noted it in my Kindle app, “Are my expectations reasonable?” I think that they are. I cannot expect perfection from people!!!! I can only EXPECT perfection from God and He knows all things and does all things right. My perspective has to shift–and that happens when I go to the Word of God.
That is where I find that words matter during these questionable moments. Not the words that keep repeating in my mind that cause me angst. Not the words of society, magazines, media or passerby’s. It is His infallible Word that matters. His sovereign Word. His uncompromising Word that endures forever. Everything that He says and how He places us to mediate on it just at the right time as well.
So when you encounter that disappointment- take that appointment with God and hear him. Let Him hear you–just talk. Express. Share. Breathe.
Your words at this time matter–and so do His.