A beautiful spring morning in the Northwest and I am reminded that it is not my strength that changes me. It is not who I am that changes me or other people. Other situations. ONLY Jesus changes me. Changes others. Only Jesus.
This morning I was reading in Psalm 44 and was reminded of this truth – it is all about what Jesus has done. Its about Him.
God saved Israel.
God saved me.
Not I saved me.
Not my actions.
Not who I am but who Jesus is.
The psalm is a mix of reminding the people and God of who He is. Of where their trust was and should be. It is also a cry of the psalmist for God to move in their situation, a situation that was overwhelming, a situation where it seemed like God had forgotten.
I relate to this psalm – because it is life. Life can be hard. It is full of joys and pains. Ups and downs. Lessons to be learned. Following Jesus is teaching me each day its not about me – it is about Him!
Today I want to choose to remember God’s truth. God’s love. God’s grace. His power and might. His sovereignty. His redemption. To remember how He has moved and worked, used pain and difficulty to grow and change me. A heart that is willing to learn, change, repent, grow, lean into the difficulties and simply trust.
“You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.” Psalm 44: 4-8 NKJV
Today, choosing to remember – that “I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.” What is your bow, what is your sword? I am not a solider but I do have tools and skills that I use and rely on. My wit. My words. My computer skills. My analytical systematic thinking. I know and believe that God uses my skills and talents but its not about me, it is about Jesus and following Him. Faith, trust, love, dependence on Him – not on myself. Humble confidence. Following very very close to Jesus on the road called today, on the path called life.
~ personal reflection