Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Thought for the Week: “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32
This verse will make a person stop in his tracks. God makes our way perfect? In the midst of despair, loneliness, illness, death, abandonment, heartbreak…are those experiences considered perfect according to God? It is very difficult when life takes a sharp adverse turn and you are trying your best to live a life that is pleasing to God. Unfortunately, Christians and even “good people” are not exempt from the heartaches of life.
It all began when Eve took that big bite of the apple from the forbidden tree. After being instructed by God on which fruit trees to choose for a snack, she was questioned by the snake as to the validity of what she’d been told. Through twists and turns, Satan tempted her beyond what she could explain and she took the fruit of the forbidden tree and ate; thus, sin entered the world and havoc has been reigning ever since.
I Corinthians 10:13 quotes, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” What was Eve’s way out? Possibly call on God to clarify her understanding of which tree to eat?
But let’s go back to Psalm 18:32 and read again the first part. “It is God who arms me with strength…” If God arms us with strength and makes our way perfect….maybe the assumption is that God needs to equip us with strength and then our direction will find the correct reading on the compass to become perfect…to find our way back to His plan. For how can we possibly have God and perfection in the same sentence without allowing Him to do the strengthening of our resolve? We can do nothing apart from God’s Will without His covering over our daily lives and resurrecting our souls with His horn of salvation.
To follow up with another verse from Psalm 18:30, “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” God represents perfection; that we know. His word is flawless, without sin, stain or blemish; that we’ve been taught. God is a shield, the ultimate source of protection for ALL who take refuge in Him; do we truly realize what that means? Delve into the word, refuge. It means a safe haven, a sanctuary, a shelter, a place of safety, an asylum, a harbor, a retreat…sound like a place you’d want to spend some time? For those of us who run to our Creator to seek refuge; He will become our shield, our guard, our defender, our protection, our screen, our safeguard, our armor. This is where I seek to remain.
Going through breast cancer wasn’t one of my highlights on the timeline of my journey, but it was important for me to endure and others to witness. It was at this juncture in life that I realized life will someday end. I need to be prepared and stay that way; however, on this earthly journey I desire to be closer to the Lord. I crave knowledge of the Lord Jesus and His Word. I yearn to be a prayer warrior and an inspiration to those who know me. I implore of the Lord to allow me to teach my grandchild and tell her about the Lord’s goodness and read her the stories about Jesus and the other great stories of old.
I am thankful for each and every opportunity I am given to tell others about my journey and I continue to work hard until Jesus calls me home. God’s way is perfect, His word is flawless and yes, He arms me with the strength to face whatever comes my way that my way will be made perfect in Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your goodness, mercy and especially for your healing power. May we continue to learn the interpretation of scripture through the guidance of the Holy Spirit knowing you desire to make our way perfect for your glory! Amen!