Can you imagine my delight when I read today that God is an avenger? I totally laughed out loud as I pictured Him fighting alongside with the superheros of the screen. But God is so much more powerful than any Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and that jolly green giant who’s name I can’t remember at the moment– Hulk! haha yea, that guy! Anyway… As I savored this Word for a moment I realized that God is THE Avenger! God is my superhero. “Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy (Psalm 94:1, 17-19).”
Something I have been battling all my life, even as a Christian are the feelings of anxiety and depression. Generally I’m a happy person, but there are times when I get into some serious melancholic mood swings that knock the joy right out of me. If I don’t capture those negative thoughts right away, it could take me days to snap out of the lies that plague my emotions (2 Corinth 10:3-6).
I know that these emotions are dark and they don’t come from God because the Lord is light and He is a God of peace and order. There is no darkness in him! Even so, I am human and prone to attacks of the enemy because the devil knows the desires of my heart. God has given my family the privilege and honor of revealing to us the life, the people, and the family in Christ that await us in our far away promised land.
I’m sure you know the story about the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt; well God promised to deliver my family from the projects so that we will go out to spread the gospel in other parts of the Latin American world! However, our current circumstances say otherwise. I live in one of the lowest communities in my city. You could find all types of sin that allure the wrong type of people into this neighborhood. I have no friends near me, and those whom my heart love most are in another part of the world; they’re in the promised land. I miss them, and at times I feel lonely, though I know I’m not alone. If we could we’d just pack up and leave, but we can’t. God said He’ll deliver us.
With that being said, the Lord has been speaking to me by different means. It’s funny how the Lord tries to speak to us and we don’t seem to notice, but He always keeps trying until He gets our attention and when He speaks He always sends confirmation through some other way. Sometimes it may it be audibly, through dreams, on drive by bumper stickers, random people, but He always speaks to us and when He does, it always aligns with the Bible.
As God is my Superhero, He will always be there to save me from those rotten feelings. But now God is telling me to change my mentality. If I want to get into the promised land I can’t harden my heart to His voice. That’s why the first generation of Isrealites didn’t get into the promised land. Their minds were still enslaved (Hebrews 3:7-12)!
So I’ve been asking my Superhero to enlighten my eyes. There is a scripture in Jeremiah 6 that says,
“This is what the Lord says:
“‘Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.”‘
So I started asking God which way are the ancient paths and which is the good way! You know what He showed me? He said I need to go down the path of joy! I need to praise Him and remember all the awesome things He’s done for me. Praise and joy go hand in hand, because God inhabits in the praises of His people! When we submit to God in this way, the enemy will flee from us and take all his negative thoughts with him.
I also found out that the Apostle Paul felt the same way I do when he wrote to the church in Philippi, but he turned his longing into joy when he wrote to them saying, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:3-8).
Paul understood the purpose of his unity with the people he missed. He knew that we all belong to God and it doesn’t matter how far away we may be from our loved ones, we are all united in the same Holy Spirit who is working in each of our lives. Therefore instead of being sad, Paul was filled with joy in knowing that God will complete His purposes in everyone so that we may all glorify the name of Jesus together!
God’s ways are always perfect, and everything he does is good. He reminded me that His thoughts are not my thoughts, neither his ways my ways. When his word goes out from his mouth, it does not return empty to him; it accomplishes what He desires and it always achieves the purpose for which He sent it. So I will go out in joy and be led forth in peace. (Isaiah 55:8-12) Now it’s up to me to walk by faith in these truths! So I will walk with the comfort in knowing that His promises preserve my life.
Therefore, I have no reason to feel sad because my God is so wonderful! He always knows how to handle our troubled hearts and He has everything under control. I feel so loved in knowing that Jesus loves me so much as to not lash out on me when I deserve a V8 to the forehead, hahaha. Jesus is my hero, He’s always there to save me and for that He’s good all the time! I will let His joy be my strength as I sing praises to His name, waiting for His next move! ❤