Each week one of the options for the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Blog Hop is to unpack the weekly reflection verse. Although I have reflected on and unpacked many of these weekly verses, I had never shared what I learned, until several months ago. This week I felt God calling me to unpack the verse and share what I was learning again.
When I shared my first verse map several months ago, doubt almost immediately came into my mind. I could hear that nagging voice saying, “You can not draw at all, so how are you going to unpack this verse? You see, I have seen several of my sisters’ artwork as they have unpacked the verses each week. While I am very creative with words my ability to draw is almost nonexistent.
Despite the nagging voice, I still felt like God was calling me to unpack this verse and share what I was learning. So being the technology girl I am, I decided to see if there was a way to create a nice graphic on my computer. So the first graphic at the top of this post, is a this week’s reflection verse.
‘The second graphic under these words, is what I have come up with so far. I say so far because I don’t believe God is done teaching through this verse yet.
Why am I telling you all of this before I unpack this week’s verse? I don’t want the devil to keep anyone from sharing and digging into God’s word. There may be someone out there like me, that isn’t a gifted artist. That’s okay. The above graphic is a SmartArt Graphic from Microsoft Word, all I did was put the text in it, and change the colors. That’s right, you too can verse map.
Now on to unpacking this week’s verse…As soon as I started reading this week’s verse, two words seemed to jump off the page. What are those two words?
Why these two words?
- It personal:
- I come from a long line of worriers. I have dealt with anxiety in many forms throughout my life. So it is no big surprise for me that the word anxiety would stand out when I read this verse.
- When I tend to think of the devil, I usually think of a little man with horns that sits on my shoulder and tempts me. In reality, he is more like a prowler, who waits around to steal things from you and I (John 10:10),
2. You and I were made for more:
- We were not meant to have anxious hearts and minds. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Can we have have a sound mind when we are anxious? I know I can’t. When I am anxious all I can seem to think about is the situation that is causing me to have the anxiety. That causes everything else to be blocked out, even the truth of God’s word. That’s how the devil often gets a hold on me, he helps me to forget I was made for more. Guess what? So were you, friend! You are God’s precious creation and were made for more than being held back by temporary situations.
3. This battle is not ours to fight
- God wants us to bring our worries, cares, and anxieties to Him so that He can take care of these situations. Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”(NIV).
- How is this battle not ours? The answer is this is more than a physical battle, it is a spiritual one as well. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).
Dear God I pray that you bless each person who reads my blog. May he/she be encouraged by something they read during their visit here. Maybe he/she will try digging into your Word, regardless of his/her artistic ability. He/she may just need to be reminded that no matter battle he/she is facing, he/she never faces it alone. I am so thankful to have you on my side, God, fighting my battles with me. Regardless of why he/she is here, I am so glad she is. May my words bring Glory and Honor to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.