Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My "Word" for the Day

Jeremiah 15:16 "Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts." (NASB)

I've never read this verse until this morning in my quiet time, and my spirit vibrated with the Truth found in them. I could have written Jeremiah 15:16. One commentary says "ate them" means to meditate on; internalize. I've experienced joy and delight in feeding on (meditating on; memorizing and internalizing) God's Word. Today I realize that if I hadn't had panic disorder, if I had not plummeted to such deep despair, I never would have cried out to God nor immersed myself in His Word. And I would've continued to live in misery at the mercy of my emotions and dark thoughts. I would've never known the "rest" that Jesus spoke of or that my life could be different--that I could be different. I've discovered that losing my job and being forced to stay home--isolated--with no one to turn to except God has been the biggest blessing of my life. I rejoice in the fact that God allowed this so that I would realize I've been set apart for His purposes. I've been called by name, and I am on this planet to fulfill my calling. Blessed are you if you are struggling with panic, anxiety, or depression. This is your opportunity to truly lean on your God and let Him prove that He is "for" you and not against you in a way you could never have imagined. Let Him show you how He can be Lord of your life in the middle of your circumstances. Take this time to feed on His Word and let the verses become a joy to you and the delight of your heart. Blessed are you if you've been called by the LORD to experience Him in this way.

3 comments:

Jill said...

tears in my eyes Joni~
thank you so much for this post~
for myself it is exactly the same~ I am still going through my struggles, yet i know with all of my heart why He allowed this to take place in my life~ there is nothing else that would have brought me to Him the way that my panic attacks and anxiety does~

I praise Him for what the awful anxiety is doing in my life, and for the understanding that He uses these horrible things only to pull us so close to Himself, we never let go.

I am so thankful to have found your blog~ you are such an awesome encouragement for me~

Love your sister in Christ,
Jill

Joni said...

My precious sister in Christ, your comments blessed my heart. I'm praying for you. God is faithful and He is trustworthy. He IS your strong tower and He IS your Champion. He will come between you and the enemy every time you cry out for help. He is good, He is just, and He loves you with an unfailing love.

Anonymous said...

I am also glad I came across your blog. Great motivational words to help me get through my day. I'm seeking the lord to find peace in my life. God bless you and thank you!