It’s that time of year again as summer morphs into autumn; the leaves are turning shades of orange and red, there is a certain crispness in the air and the sun takes on a more golden glow. This shifting of the seasons is often mirrored in our personal lives too, and we may be finding ourselves in a season of change or even uncertainty. For some this looks like children starting university and becoming ‘empty nesters’, for others it looks like starting new jobs, moving houses, going back to school, manoeuvring relationship challenges, and the list goes on…
So, if you are finding yourself in a period of change and unknowing, Psalm 139 is full of Godly wisdom that we can use to find peace, purpose and direction. Let’s take a look!
1 | God knows what you are going through
You are familiar with all my ways. (Verse 3)
Sometimes we can feel like we are the only ones going through a certain situation and it can feel lonely and isolating. But, God knows you intimately and understands your situation, even when you’re uncertain. He truly knows what you are experiencing and remains committed to you and trustworthy through it all.
2 | You are not alone, God’s presence is always with you
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. (Verse 5)
We can take time to become aware of God’s presence through prayer, spending time reading the Bible and worshipping Him. His presence brings comfort and will help you to take the focus of your circumstances and onto our unmovable, unshakable, all-powerful Saviour.
3 | God has a plan, He already knows the outcome (Spoiler Alert: It is good!)
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Verse 16)
Remind yourself that God has a purpose for your life and He has a good plan for you. Make a conscious decision to trust that He is working it all out. You can trust in His wisdom to guide you through this season as you submit your ways to Him.
4 | Remember what God says about you, focus on the truth
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. (Verses 17 + 18)
Don’t allow lies to seep in and take root. Over every other voice that competes for our attention, recognise what God says about you; He has so many amazing thoughts about us that they can’t even be numbered! Let His truth permeate deep into your soul. Many battles are won or lost in our minds — let’s be good gatekeepers of what we allow in!
5 | Ask God to show you the best path through this season
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Verse 24)
God has a purpose for everything that we face. Use this season of uncertainty as an opportunity to reflect and invite God to examine your heart and reveal what He is doing. Know that nothing you go through is wasted. Allow God to use this situation to fulfil its purpose and let Him complete the good work He has started in you (Philippians 1:6).
We hope you feel encouraged on your journey. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus — He has the final say and He’s still on the throne. May He be glorified through everything we face today.
Daisy and the eFocus Team