What To Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile | Short Sermon Series
Are there mornings when you wake up feeling fragile and vulnerable? In his article, John Piper reveals how God sustains him in these moments of fear.
“Here’s a recent example. I woke up feeling emotionally fragile. Weak. Vulnerable. I prayed: “Lord, help me. I’m not even sure how to pray.” An hour later I was reading in Zechariah, seeking the help I had cried out for and God spoke through Zechariah 2:4-5. The prophet heard great news from an angel about Jerusalem: “Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”
There would be such prosperity and growth for the people of God that Jerusalem would not be able to be walled in any more. But walls are necessary! They are the security against lawless hordes and enemy armies. To which God says in Zechariah 2:5, “I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord.” Yes. That’s it. That is the promise. The “I will” of God. And if it is true for the vulnerable villages of Jerusalem, it is true for me, a child of God. God will be “a wall of fire all around” me.
And it gets better. Inside that fiery wall of protection he says, “And I will be the glory in her midst.” God is never content to give us the protection of his fire; he will give us the pleasure of his presence. This was sweet to me and carried me for days.
This has been my deliverance every time. God has rescued me with cries for help and concrete promises. This time he said, “I will be to her a wall of fire all around” and “I will be the glory in her midst.”
Cry out to him. Then ransack the Bible for his appointed promise. We are fragile. But he is not.”
Article by John Piper @johnstephenpiper
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