Sep10SunSeptember 10, 2017
“In that day I will restore the fallen house of David. I will repair its damaged walls.
From the ruins I will rebuild it and restore its former glory.” Amos 9:11 NLT
Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences – American Psychological Association
Resilience: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens – Merriam-Webster
The Bible says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it (see Ps 127:1). Without the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and strength of God all our efforts are useless. Even if you know how to do something you should still consult the Lord before proceeding. He sees what we don’t see. He knows what we don’t know. More importantly, He wants to be involved in all of our affairs to guide us and bless the works of our hands. His word is life to those who find it and health to all their flesh (see Pro 4:22)! It has the power to transform us, fill in the missing gaps, and present us blameless before the Lord.
As we reflect on September 11, 2001, Hurricane Harvey and Irma, the 8.1 earthquake in southern Mexico and other natural disasters, remember it is the Lord who has made us and not we ourselves. We are His people! What He does is everlasting. What we do on our own is temporal – it will not last. What we do apart from Him is vain. Resilience is key in our ability to overcome tragedy but without the Lord’s help and guidance it won’t work. We serve the God who CANNOT LIE! He has promised to Rebuild and Restore. His Kingdom will last Forever!
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” Hab 3:17, 18 NLT