“’The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are opened to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.’ Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?” 1 Peter 3:12-13 NLT
For weeks now my pastor has been making a big deal about posture. But why? Isn’t posture a position of a person’s body? Why does God care about the way I am sitting or standing?
That’s when I looked up the word and figured out there is an alternative meaning.
Feeling obtuse, I considered this new definition.
Okay, so it’s not about the position of my body that He is so worried about. Turns out, He cares more about my approach and/or attitude about things and the particular way that I deal with or consider something (definition from Oxford Dictionaries).
Whoa, that’s mind-blowing. First, God cares about my posture. And second, posture has an alternative meaning. But more importantly, what does my posture look like right now?
We’ve been reading the book of Psalms and focusing on David’s posture. The way that David writes about his troubles and then gives all the glory to God is so inspirational.
“O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me…But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.” Psalm 3:1,3 NLT
I look up to David and I hope that my life may look that way.
But unfortunately, I don’t think it does. When I am going through a tough time, I don’t always go to God and praise Him regardless. So what can I do to change that?
I’ve pondered this for a while. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to open my heart to change and let God do the work within me. For so long I have looked negatively on life and I’ve had no hope that the future could be better. I lost that trust and faith that God makes all things good in the end (Romans 8:28). But when I opened my heart and mind and prayed about these shifty areas in my life, I could feel hope spark inside of me. Which is something I’ve been missing out on for some time. Suddenly, I know that things will get better.
My posture will change with prayer (1Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6), with hope (Psalm 39:7), with devotion (Philippians 4:8-9), with humility (1 Peter 5:6-7), with trust (Psalm 56:3-4), and with faith (Hebrews 11:6). I am no longer fearful and negative, but instead I am hopeful and positive that God will heal all brokenness in both my life and in yours. We just have to give it to God.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Amy Kathleen – Making a Difference
Amy Kathleen is a seventeen-year-old homeschool, high school student who loves to read, write, sing, and play piano. She has a passion for the Lord and for all things writing, coffee, and worship. She recently moved from Minnesota to Arizona. Check out her blog at whengivenapen.blogspot.com