Each day we get up in the morning and either watch the news, listen to the news, read it online and recognize that many individuals live a hard-knock life. It may be easy to identify with these folks because some your life experiences parallel theirs. Fear and anxiety about your career may be
creeping into your thoughts. You may be afraid because you have been searching for a position for quite a while, but have not found a match for your skills and abilities. You may have a job, but realize that there is no opportunity in that role to display your genius. Your present situation may be uncomfortable and you feel yourself sliding into indifference about your work. You may desire promotion to a higher level of responsibility in your organization, but you are determined not to play the political games needed to advance your career. There may be challenges in many areas of your life including: personal economics, health, family, or a relationship with a significant other.
There is hope when you can speak words of encouragement to yourself. You may be faced with many problems, but with faith in the Word of God, you will easily defeat the enemy within. Your biggest challenge in life is convincing the person in the mirror that you are worthy of the blessing of fulfilling work. In fact, God is providing you with creative solutions as you meditate on His Word and allow Him to speak to you. You will talk yourself into obtaining the "low hanging fruit" which was out of your reach until the Word of God permeated your thinking.
Psalm 27 in the MESSAGE Bible makes it very plain that you are NOT alone and you will survive the hard-knock life. You will possess the low hanging fruit! Look in the mirror and speak these words to yourself. Speak the miracle of God’s word into every tissue, muscle, and bone in your body.
“Light, space, zest—that’s God!
So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.
When vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me alive, those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces.
When besieged, I’m calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool.
I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.
That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, the perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.
God holds me head and shoulders above all who try to pull me down. I’m headed for his place to offer anthems that will raise the roof. Already I’m singing God-songs; I’m making music to God.
Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!” When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my
whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now! You have always been right there for me; don’t turn your back on me now. Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me; you’ve always kept the door open. My father and mother walked out and left me, but God took me in.
Point me down your highway, God; direct me along a well-lighted street; show my enemies whose side you’re on. Don’t throw me to the dogs, those liars who are out to get me, filling the air with their threats.
I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.