Torquing it with immense force

/ Thursday, September 21, 2017 /

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11-

As a man who likes to plan, have a course of action and define future goals. I don't feel comfortable with uncertainty, specially in my professional career. Recently, I've been  challenged in this particular area and it has been like setting a wrench onto my heart and torquing it with immense force. Just like any other person, I tend to work so things can be as dependable as possible. I feel like God is saying to me: "No can do son, you have to trust in Me, not you, not your job or anything else". No doubt it has been challenging to process this in my heart, but as counter-intuitive as it may feel I know God will produce something good not only in this area but also in my heart. 

Since I started my professional career I wished to have a stable job, work hard, grow professionally, and ultimately retire. All this would ideally happen within the same company however, this has not been the case so far, so I have been challenged to trust God beyond what I can see in the future and understand in this area. 

This area has been specially challenging for me because as a men, providing financially and giving stability to our families, I think, is one of our strongest desires. So far, I have worked for four companies and although two of those I have willingly moved due to a professional improvement, the two others have been a little less optional due to hardships the companies were facing. 

And you guessed it right! I am, once again, faced with the frightening possibility of needing to move to new horizons due to what looks like a limited operation of the company. I still do not know if this company will eventually come to and end and I will need to move on or if by some unforeseen way things turnaround for the company and I may retire from here. At this point everything looks very uncertain but I think God is working not only in this circumstance but also and more importantly in my heart. Right now, I am trusting God and his never failing provision and love. 

May our Lord Jesus Christ wrench up our hearts and characters to trust Him even in the things we like to have control. I know He will carry us through this. 

Above all else, guard your heart

/ Thursday, March 13, 2014 /

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. -Proverbs 4:23-

Our hearts can be our strongest or weakest spots. It depends on how we guard and strengthen them. Our hearts are the core element of our spirit and they are capable of bearing God's good deeds or causing self destruction and devastation to others.

It is our instinct to protect valuable things, we even advise others to watch over their possessions or loved ones. Our parents keep close guard on us until we reach a safe age to start making decisions. The same way I've realized we need to guard our hearts from temptation or anything that draw us far from our loving Father.

On Proverbs chapter four, our loving Heavenly Father starts saying "hear this" and he explicitly instruct us to guard our hears above all else. Yet, we take little time and conscious effort to guard our heart.

Strengthen and guard your hear by having fellowship with others, spending time in God's word and setting time in prayer.


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