Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, co-founder and vice president, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so we created a special section on our blog to share them with you. We hope they touch your heart too.
Deuteronomy 9:3 NIV
“Be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you..”
This verse is found in the Old Testament. It was given at the time that the Israelites were going to cross the Jordon river. They were on the precipice of conquering Jericho. You all remember that story about circling the walls daily for seven days?
But before the people crossed over the river, the Lord wanted them to know who they were about to face, what type of circumstances they would be encountering. He told the Israelites the people on the other side were strong, tall and their cities were greater and stronger than they. He said the cities had walls up to the sky. That had to be overwhelming to these tent dwelling people. The last tall structure they had seen were the pyramids of Egypt 40 years prior and that had to be a very faint memory.
After the Lord described the situation they were facing, he said the best three letter word that nullified and voided all the impossible facts he had just described. He started his next sentence with the word, “BUT!”
“But, be assured. Take heart, don’t be afraid, know I’ve got this folks, chill.” KEV (Kim Eckenroth Version). It is the Lord who goes in front of you. Hallelujah!
This really spoke to me this morning. Is there an issue you are facing today that looks like a giant? Something with your kids, your spouse, your finances, your health? What in your life seems to be zapping your joy and overwhelming you today? What appears so monumental that it has you discouraged or just emotionally disengaged from living your life fully?
If you don’t have a Goliath in front of you today, bless you. Please pray for our patients, their families and staff that do.
If you are facing a Goliath, stand still and realize that it is not our power, our strength, our wits or our knowledge that gets us through to the other side of our hurdles. It is God who makes our steps secure. It is the Lord who fights for us, carries us and sustains us today over the steep, seemingly impossible, unconquerable mountains of life.
Take heart this morning! Hang in there. This picture taken from the Guideposts really says it all.
Please let us know if you would like to be on our prayer list or if there is a specific issue that our staff to pray about. It would be nice if we could have each other praying for our struggles.
Big hugs and prayers for you all today. I was thrilled to get back home and to see your smiling faces yesterday. It is because of you, our patients and the Lord that we hop out of bed and gallop through this day.