But the Lord…
Hello and welcome to Try-It Tuesday! We will look closely at Scripture, and finish with a yummy recipe! Let’s get started!
I love this verse! 2 Timothy 4:17 comes after Paul has discussed all the people who have left him or harmed him. That little word “but” is such a powerful word. You see, after everyone has either deserted him, left for other ministry opportunities, or hurt him, Paul should feel discouraged…but…”the Lord stood with him and gave him strength.” How awesome!
Have you felt like Paul? Have you been deserted, left out, hurt? I know I have. It is in moments like that when we can truly feel distracted, discouraged, depressed. Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, calls those three words the “Deadly D’s.” Those emotions are satan’s tools to keep us away from Jesus. By keeping our mind off God, we can get discouraged in our circumstance. If left to our own emotions, the weight of that loneliness could eventually turn us toward depression. If you have ever felt desperate, you understand how difficult it is to see beyond what is happening in that moment. Those “Deadly D’s” change our focus.
When those things in life happen that we can’t understand, we have got to remember this verse. God is with us at every twist and turn in our lives. BUT, it is when we feel truly alone that we can truly feel His presence. Sweetheart, our Lord will never leave us; hear the words of Deuteronomy 31:8: “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Paul knew this truth, and he relied on it and clung to it during the trials.
We have to do the same. Hard times will come, unexpected things will happen, questions will arise without answers. My friend, trust in the Lord when those circumstances come into your life. Take our verse for today, and commit it to memory. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, the Lord wants to love you. He wants you in His family. He wants to be there with you. If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior, do so today. If you have Him as Lord of your life, wrap your heart around our verse. Hold tight to it every day, good or bad. Find courage from the strength He gives you as He stands at your side. He loves you, beloved.
I know you have people in your life that you love–maybe they are on your mind right now. Why not show them your love by cooking them something yummy for dinner? Tantalizingly Tangy Meatloaf is a family favorite of mine. I have relied on this recipe many times, and it is always met with enthusiasm from my men. Pair it with your favorite mashed potatoes (where I live, people call them creamed potatoes–whatever you call them!), and throw some fresh fruit on the side, and you are set to have some happy people at your table. Give this recipe a try–even those who don’t like meatloaf (I have some of those) really like this one!
I’ll see you back here in a few days for another round of Fix-It Friday!