Psalm 138:3 - And He Touched Me.
Psalm 138:3 (NIV) When I called, you
answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.
As an amateur green thumb, I'm reading
about tough plants for tough places. Plants are
like people. Some are happier in warmer climates.
Some can go longer than others without a drink of
water. Some thrive in sunlight; whereas others
sunburn easily, requiring shade. And some enjoy a
robust four-season climate, gladly withstanding
snow and freezing temperatures.
Tough plants can endure adverse garden
conditions, such as drought, shade, heavy clay soil, or
dry rocky soil. Likewise, tough people can
endure adversity and hardship yet persevere and
still thrive. Spiritually, I want to be like a
"tough plant for tough places" - able to endure
adversity and still bloom and thrive - despite tough
situations in life.
But I'll need help. God, the master
gardener, creates both plants and people, giving each
unique attributes and characteristics. Deep-rooted
spiritual strength, stability, security, and
resilience come from Jesus - from abiding in Him by
staying planted in His Word. [Prayer, Service,
Sharing and Worship are equally important].
Psalm 138:3 confirms that Jesus will make
me strong and brave if I call out to Him. So,
rather than wonder if I'm the right type of
"toughness," I'm asking Jesus to make me spiritually
tough - so I can survive and thrive - despite
whatever adverse conditions I may face in the garden
of life. Cassandra Tiersma
Faith Step: Spiritually, are you a tender
annual, hardy perennial, or a tough person for a
tough place? As a reminder that it's Jesus who
gives strength and courage, visit a local plant
nursery to find a tough plant for a tough place
(i.e., drought tolerant, not fussy about soil type)
for your home or garden. Ask Jesus to make you
strong and brave for the tough situations in life.
[Mornings With Jesus 2022 Devotional by Guideposts and
Remember that prayer is the source of your
strength. A worker cannot gain success while he
hurries through his prayers and rushes away to look
after something that he fears may be neglected or
forgotten. He gives only a few hurried thoughts to God;
he does not take time to think, to pray, to
wait upon the Lord for a renewal of physical and
spiritual strength. He soon becomes weary. He does not
feel the uplifting, inspiring influence of God's
Spirit. He is not quickened by fresh life. His jaded
frame and tired brain are not soothed by personal
contact with Christ. [7T 243]
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY
2 Corinthians 5:17 - New Life in Christ.
Jeremiah 18:6 - God Is The Potter; We Are
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT