Perfect Does Not Mean Easy

As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. – (Psalm 18:30, NIV) 

God’s way is perfect. The Lord’s promise always proves true. He protects those who trust in Him. – (Psalm 18:30, ERV) 

Everything God does is perfect; the promise of the Eternal rings true; He stands as a shield for all who hide in Him. – (Psalm 18:30, VOICE) 

God’s perfection does not equate to easy or smooth. His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts, our thoughts. Perfect, is seeing things to completion; making flawless or faultless. Often the road to completion requires navigating rough terrain, as God‘s perfect plan requires strengthening, perseverance, or some other sort of growth to teach us and prepare us for other obstacles we will have to overcome. His promises are true, as He will never leave us nor forsake us. Always, no matter how things appear, God is present to help guide us in the way we are meant to go. The more we trust Him, the greater our awareness becomes of His protection and provision. May we choose to trust in the Lord in all things, for He is faithful to His word, and He protects and provides perfectly as we walk in the way that He leads. 

The only perfect, 

Is God’s faithful plan; 

His road that leads us, 

To hear, understand. 

All that He’s promised, 

He’s faithful to do; 

As He stays present, 

And carries us through. 

Our refuge and strength, 

To whom we can run; 

Faithful forever, 

The Most Holy One. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your ways are perfect and Your promises are true. Thank You that we can run to You to be our shelter and safe space. Thank You that Your perfection makes up for where we are lacking. Forgive us for the times that we have doubted You or avoided running to You. Teach us that we can trust You in all things and at all times. Show us how to love those around us with relentless faith, allowing those around us to see You in us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust the perfection of Your promises, and seek You in all things. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. – 2 Samuel 22:31

Anna’s Answer

Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fasting and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up and broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem. – (Luke 2:36-38, MSG)

 

Though Matthew does not reveal to us whether or not Anna had been promised to see the Messiah before the end of her life, I imagine that her presence in the Temple was no accident nor coincidence, as Mary and Joseph brought Jesus on the eighth day after his birth. It is difficult to fathom the life of Anna. Widowed, likely at a very young age, she chose to remain in the Temple area day in and day out, for decades. Matthew describes her has a prophet, and her heart was clearly connected to God as she worshiped and prayed day and night. Likely, one of her often prayed prayers was for the Savior to come to rescue Israel, as had been foretold in scripture. Incredibly, after all of her faithful time spent serving and honoring God, she suddenly found herself standing in the presence of a promise coming to fruition. Immanuel, God with us, came near in a tangible way to Anna, who had waited nearly a lifetime to behold the very One who was held before her. May we worship with the same sort of wonder and celebration as those first few whom God blessed with the opportunity to be in the presence of our Savior. The glory of the first Christmas remains the same, as we celebrate God with us, now and forevermore.

 

Remarkable the faith, Annas Answer

And hope she held dear;

Faithful for ages,

Prayers that God come near.

In awe and wonder,

Her eyes did behold;

The promised Savior,

Scriptures had foretold.

She could not help speak,

To all others tell;

This most holy news,

Rejoice! It is well.

The hope she had held,

Was found in the eyes;

Eight-day-old baby,

Future realized.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to save us. Thank You that Jesus made the way for us to be in right relationship with You, despite our shortcomings. Forgive us for forgetting all that Jesus went through to not only redeem us, but to know and understand our struggles and pain. Teach us to trust You with a relentless faith like Anna. Help us to faithfully pray and worship You, regardless of what we see. Show us how to love those around us in a way that offers hope where there is none, so they too may look to You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You and praise You for all that You have done through the precious gift of Your Son. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. – Hebrews 4:16