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Sufficiency in God

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

Memorize Scripture? Who, me? I can't do that! Rather than dismiss what I felt was impossible for me, I was encouraged and took the step to remember the words of Psalms that have since become so meaningful to me.

I'm thankful to all who have pressed me into memorizing Scripture. I have chosen verses that would come to mind in difficult times. When no Bible is available and no reassuring person is with me, God's words come forward to "hold my hand," so to speak. The Holy Spirit reminds me of all that Jesus said and did. And so He is with me in the midst of difficulties.

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
(John 14:26)

It was time for another physical checkup. As my husband and I waited in the examining room for the doctor, I perused the charts and anatomical renderings of the body's skeletal structure, muscles, internal organs. What an amazing God to have created us in such detailed order! What an awesome God who keeps all parts together, moving smoothly for most of our lives. This, in spite of our carelessness, muscles and bones, tired from lack of use and age-related issues.
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."
(Psalm 34:19)

How nice to know I'm considered "righteous," not because I've earned it, but because Jesus earned it for me!
"My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad."
(Psalm 34:2)

With the prayers of the saints and "...His praise...continually... in my mouth." (Psalm 34:1b) the LORD brought me in His strength to go through another medical scan. The words of God through Isaiah that I memorized kept reminding me:
"He will keep (her) in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You
because (she) trusts in You."

(Isaiah 26:3)

Now, I don't know what the results of the various tests will show. But I do know, His word tells me, I'm being guarded at all times; again, because I will continue to place my trust in Him, to give wisdom and understanding to my health care providers, who also place their trust in God.
"I will bless the LORD at all times;"
(Psalm 34:1)

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