August Meditations

The month of August usually highlights the end of relaxed summer days for the return to a more ordered schedule. But this year is different. The Covid virus ushered in an age of uncertainty and perhaps lasting change. History has never seen the challenges we face today. Shut in for five months and counting, businesses suffer–many to never recover. Job loss stands at an all time high. Children are kept from regular school attendance. Civil unrest bursts forth with racial bias on every side, violence, rioting, the Pandemic of 2020, and all in an election year of raging bitterness.

That’s an impressive resume of confusion. And who is the author of confusion? Satan himself. So how do we remain whole and focused? Through meditation on the Word of God. 1 Corinthians 14:33a says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” We find peace in relationship to a loving God. The following are meditations that have kept me rested, yet challenged.

AN AUGUST ACRONYM

A Mighty fortress is our God http://bitly.ws/9A2y

Undergird (strengthen-secure) yourself with the waistbelt of truth http://bitly.ws/9A2P

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. http://bitly.ws/9A2T

Understand – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  http://bitly.ws/9A34

Surrounded by God – Stand and fight http://bitly.ws/9A3n

The God of angel armies is always by my side http://bitly.ws/9A3r  

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“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, Get understanding.” http://bitly.ws/9A3d  

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PSALM 8 – New American Standard Bible

The Lord’s Glory and Man’s Dignity. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength. Because of Your adversaries, to make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?

Yet, You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet; all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

What challenges you to remain at your best?

Comments

  1. Avatar Val Sarkady says

    Very good, Jewell! Your words and those from the Bible lift us up above the circumstances and put all of this in perspective — kind of like spending a day enjoying and meditating on the ocean!

    • Jewell Utt Jewell Utt says

      You are so right and what a great analogy. Nothing compares to the ocean when it comes to meditation. God’s hand print is ever present.

  2. As I meditate looking out my window at the leaves being tickled by the wind I smile.. My God planned this beautiful scenery just so I could remember how loving He is. Now reading your blog, I can hear the song “Oh how majestic..” in my head. Thanks for adding to my moment of peace.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting. Oh Lord, Our Lord, how Majestic is Your name in all the earth! Shalom, Lyvita.

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