“My prayers go out to you and I hope those who have been furloughed will spend time getting closer to God,” said First Lady Trina Jenkins, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, on the Women’s Week 6 a.m. Prayer Conference Call, Thursday, October 3, 2013. When I heard her comments, the Holy Spirit whispered to me to tell His people to “Trust Him.”
Recently, around 800,000 federal government workers have been furloughed with 2+ million working without pay because of the government shutdown. Although I am not a federal government worker, I know the fear and/or anxiety someone can feel, because of the lack of a steady paycheck, because I’ve been unemployed.
It’s an uneasy, almost sickening feeling that the devil tries to overwhelm you with. But you can combat this feeling by tapping into the source, God, who reminds us to trust Him.
Psalm 56:4 states, “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Relief comes by praising His Word, putting your trust in God, staying connected, while setting your focus elsewhere.
Therefore, what does the Word of God say?
- Psalm 62:8 states, “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
- Psalm 37:25 states, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
These are just a few Scriptures. Search on www.biblegateway.com to find Scriptures that fit your needs.
Also, stay connected to the outside world, while setting your focus elsewhere. Isolation from the outside world can put you into a depressive state. Therefore, I advise you to contact positive people via the phone, e-mail or use social media. Volunteer at your church or local charity. And get out of the house on a regular basis, even if it means just taking a walk down the street to take in God’s creation.
And focus on other things, like enjoying time that you wouldn’t normally have with your family. Work on projects you started but didn’t have time to finish or on a hobby. What about that book you started years ago? How about that unfinished painting? Now, when was the last time you practiced that instrument your parents spent so much on you for lessons?
And remember, anxiety/fear is real. But if it tries to rise up within you again, remind the devil about what the Scripture states. Tell Him that God said “…” . And he will have to flee.
Take care and know that I am praying for you. :>)
Unless otherwise noted, all scripture is King James Version.