I cried for three days straight when I lost my job this year thanks to COVID-19. It wasn’t my first time to lose a job. You’d think I’d be stronger or more psychologically prepared but I wasn’t. What’s worse, since I was remote working, I got fired via WhatsApp and email. That was cruel, no doubts about it.
So I cast aside my faith for a while and held a pity party for three days. After that, God consoled me with this vision. In my mind, I saw the stars and the planets in space. God’s spirit told me, “Never be afraid of what people do to you. Just like I hold the stars and all heavenly bodies, so do I hold the lives of all human beings. No human being is powerful enough to bring down the moon, or the stars. No one is strong enough to snatch your destiny from my hands. I knew you would lose that job. Calm down, you are still in your destiny.”
I sought consolation from God when I lost that job. And I sought Him because the scriptures encourage us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
God’s spirit comforted me by helping me see that just as stable as the planets are in the heavens, so are the lives of every human being in GOD’s hands. Therefore, when we feel that we have lost the way or that we are no longer in our destiny, in our times of distress and doubts, we should remember that God sustains all creation.
Are we not worth more than the birds? (Matthew 6:26).
I am going to share with you four simple scriptures that come with a short prayer. This is my simple way of teaching you how to pray using scriptures.
1 Samuel 30:6
David was greatly distressed because the men talked of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
Some versions say, “David consoled himself in the LORD.”
When you read 1 Samuel 30 to 31, you will discover that God rewarded King David by restoring what he had lost, and He added some spoils.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, because when David had lost his family, he consoled himself in you. God, you heard the King, and you restored his fortunes. Thank you God, because, through Christ Jesus, you are doing the same for us. Amen.
After Lot had parted from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
This scripture is a portion of Genesis 13. In this story, Abraham and Lot disagreed, and they separated. But before the two men parted, Lot took for himself the best lands. But God met with Abraham after Lot left him and encouraged him with this scripture.
How do you feel when you lose a loved one?
Have you ever experienced a heartbreak and had your heart set on that person, but they reject you?
Regardless of what you’ve lost, this scripture encourages us to console ourselves in God because no one ever truly knows God’s mind over the situation. Abraham had to part with the best lands. But in God’s plan for his life, Abraham was to become the Father of Nations.
So hold on to your faith! The best is yet to come.
Prayer: God, I thank you because where I perceive my end, that’s why your plans over my life begin. Thank you because you are mindful of me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Sometimes the best way to console yourself in the LORD is to remember that He goes before us. So when you pray, you tell God, “Father go before me in my plans. Let your rod and staff comfort me, in Jesus name, Amen.”
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
Prayer: Father God, in this situation that troubles me, I pray that you would keep me as the apple of your eye, and hide me in the shadow of your wings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Last Piece of Advice
At one time in life, I learnt this exercise. When my mind is spinning out of control and I can’t figure out what to do. I stand up, stretch my hands, and tell God. “This is where my hands have reached. My efforts are not strong enough. Yet I am in the shadow of the Almighty. When you stretch out your hand, it cuts across the galaxy. Do your will over my life. But in your wrath, show me mercy.
Please take time to listen to my song of the week as well. I hope it will keep you hopeful. The song is: Hold Me Close, Let your love surround me, by Hillsong.