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As we near the end of summer, I am reminded of how this time of year is often a new start for so many of us. Many people are going back to school, college, university etc. or even going for the first time and many graduate positions start next month. It is an exciting time but can also be quite nerve-racking and worrying stepping into the unknown.
Now, of course, in dealing with milestones in life, the whole Bible has every possible outcome covered and as it is all inspired by God. This means reading any part of it will help you in your walk in some way. However, for the purposes of this post I will list just 4 verses (2 from the Old Testament and 2 from the New) to help you if you are starting a new season. You can reference these verses particularly if you are having trouble adjusting or even if everything is going great and you want to remain rooted in God's word. So, lets get into it!
1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want - Psalm 23:1
I'm sure you are no stranger to this verse, many people who would not call themselves Christian have probably heard this popular Psalm before but sometimes when we hear something so many times, we can begin to take it for granted. Let's get down to what this actually means. "The Lord is my shepherd" - in regards to starting a new journey, what greater way to start a journey than with the Lord directing your steps. Our Abba Father wants the best for us and so He would never lead us to a place that we can't handle with His help. Shepherds care for and guide their sheep so you can rest assured that the Lord will care for you throughout your season as long as you follow Him. "I shall not want" -our God is Jehovah Jireh which means He is our provider. Whatever you need, the Lord promises to supply. When depending on Him, remember that He knows us better than we know ourselves and if you are asking God for something that you think you need, it may not be what is actually best for you and so you may not receive it.
2. Then the Lord answered me and said: "write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it" - Habbakuk 2:2
During your new season, things may get tough. So tough that you question all of the decisions that lead you to that point and your journey does not feel as fruitful as you hoped. Or maybe you might be feeling as if it is not worth it or it is too hard for you. I really pray against all of these doubts in your life but I know the enemy likes to attack us with these lies and stop us achieving great things in God. So, how can we prepare for this? How can we silence the doubts when they come? As always, the first step is prayer. I also believe that remembering the reason why you are in your current season will help and a good way to help you visualise your end goal would be to write it down. Is your end goal getting a degree so you can do the job of your dreams? Have you started your own business to create and promote something you are passionate about? Is the end goal of your recent marriage to serve God faithfully with your spouse and show those around you God's glory? Writing down your vision(s) for your life can serve as good motivation for when you are going through tough times and/or doubts.
3. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God - Philippians 4:6
Again, many Christians will be no stranger to this verse but for me, personally, it is of great comfort to know that I can take anything and everything to the Lord. If you are facing some of the doubts mentioned above then as well as remembering the vision and end goal, you can turn to the Lord and ask for His guidance, provision, healing...whatever you need. "Be anxious for nothing" - the Lord wants to rid us of our anxieties, we can place all of our struggles at His feet and He will handle them. Remember how elated you felt to be in your current position whatever it may be (i.e. to get into university or to get that job). We should be praying with thanksgiving, thank Him for the current journey you are on, what you have learnt and the work He has used you for. "let your requests be made known to God" - if you need/want something to help you in your journey, ASK. Nothing is too small for God to care about and nothing is to big for Him to deliver, if He has carried you this far, He can surely carry you to the end!
4. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says - James 1:22
In everything we do and in every season we’re in, we are to live out the Word of God in our lives. Be intentional about your quiet time with the Lord - make time for Him. Try not to just read and then forget about what you’ve read, take time to reflect on what it means for your life and how you can practically apply what you’ve read on a day-to-day basis. Reading the Word will equip you to fight the enemy when you need to and will also help you understand how to be more like our Saviour, Jesus. Have you heard of the phrase “you may be the only bible some people read”? Essentially it means to live your life as an example of God’s love and how it can transform you because many people will not pick up a bible and read it for themselves. If you simply read the bible and do not apply it, you are deceiving yourself as when trials and tests come, you will not be equipped to deal with them in the way you need to. I’m going to be writing a post soon about how to apply scripture practically so keep your eyes peeled!
Thank you for reading! I pray that this helps you whatever season of life you are in. How blessed are we to have the Word of God advising, comforting and reassuring us in all situations! I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been before it was written!
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