Perfect Power

Encouraging_Falls.jpgPhoto by: Mark Schwander

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

When I find myself discouraged, sad or anxious I open my Bible. His Word is a powerful tool. I find comfort in reading His Word and singing Hymns. During my busy day, I usually have a hymn that carries me through. Recently, it has been the hymn by Horatio Spafford, It Is Well with My Soul. This poor man and his wife went through so much loss, yet Spafford remained strong in his faith. When I take a moment to open my Bible, God always reveals verses of strength and truth for me. I was reading 2 Samuel 22 and the following verses spoke to me. Perhaps, my paraphrased notes will be of encouragement to you today!

2 Samuel 22

  • 7, The Lord hears our cries
  • 19b, He is our support
  • 20b, He delivered us because He delights in us
  • 21, He rewards us according to our righteousness
  • 22 & 23, Keep His ways and His statutes- do not depart
  • 29, He is our lamp that enlightens our darkness
  • 31, As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

The above photo was taken by my husband this weekend. I love the contrast of the power of the waterfall with the gentle clouds in the sky. God’s encouragement can be found anywhere within His creation and His Word.  My mother in love has a little box that my husband gave her when he was a child. She keeps it on her kitchen table. Every morning she opens it and takes out a little card. One side is scripture and the other is a prayer. She said that each day the scripture and prayer relates perfectly to her current situation. She has had this for 30+ years!!! God’s Word is living. He speaks truth to us through it and reveals His will for our lives.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the many blessings you provide. Help us to see You in the beauty around us whether in the power of a waterfall or the gentle gliding of a cloud. Help us to keep our eyes on You “when sea billows roll”! May we remember that Your ways are perfect and You are a shield to us who trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Trust in Him, read His Word and Be Encouraged!


Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

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