It’s always neat when God confirms what He is showing you. Today the confirmation prepared me for more testing. At Ryan’s school they measure behavior on a bear system. Each day begins with a Happy Bear. As the day progresses and behavior problems occur, they move to Uh-Oh Bear, Thinking Bear, Sad Bear, and Phone Bear. Ryan came home with a Sad Bear today. Usually when this happens, there has been one recurring infraction, but this time there were three behavior problems written on his sheet! I was upset with him, of course, but it didn’t ruin my day. It didn’t even ruin my lunch! At Bible study today, God confirmed to me that my security is in Him. My confidence is in my identity, which is in Him.
The first was confirmation in what I wrote yesterday, “Security“. The first song that we sang was called Count It All Joy. It reconfirmed that our security is in His love for us, from which we cannot be separated! Therefore, I will praise Him, I will trust Him, and I will know that He is making me more like Christ.
Count It All Joyby Steve & Vikki Cook
Lord, I’ll count it all joyWhen my troubles close me in on every sideLord, I’ll count it all joyWhen this road of faithRuns through the darkest nightFor I know You’re at work in meYes, I knowYou’ll provide all the grace I need
Lord, I’ll count it all joyWhen the weight of sorrowDrives me to my kneesEvery sorrow and painIn Your mighty hands is forming Christ in meAnd I know that Your Word is trueYes, I know every trial will only prove
Chorus:You have always been my RockI will trust you forever, foreverYou have never failed me GodI will trust You forever, forever
Bridge:Who can separate usFrom You and Your great love
The second confirmation was during the teaching time. Our Bible study leader took time to talk about our identity and it sounded very much like what I wrote last week, “Confidence“. She reminded us that our identity is in Christ. Now and forever! It is not in our children, our job, our efforts, or anything else in this life. Our identity is in Christ and in Him we are complete, we are raised to new life, and we are seated in the heavenly places! Being one with Him, our lives are hidden, and we do not walk in shame or pride, but in His abundant mercy and grace! What amazing, wonderful loving kindness He offers.
Right now, instead of being angry, frustrated, or depressed, I am singing (and writing) His praises. Instead of sulking and allowing it to ruin my day, I’m going to get the ironing done! And in it all I know that He is working not only in me, but this gracious God who allows time to march on, is working in Ryan, too. I may never see the fruit or understand the road, but God knows it all and has a greater plan than I can ever imagine! And for that, too, I will praise Him!