A tiger has never stalked me. In fact, I have never been in a country where that’s a real threat, have you?
Nevertheless, troubles seem to follow me and attack me unexpectedly like a ravenous tiger. I buckle under the assault. I scream. I cry. I feel torn. I crawl to a corner and lick my wounds, praying the “tiger” never returns.
As I recover, I seek a better way of surviving in this jungle we call life. And sure enough, after much thought and prayer, the answer comes—in the form of an acronym using the word TIGER. Ironic? Perhaps. But God uses our greatest struggles to teach us His precepts, His faithfulness, and His loving kindness.
Here’s the acronym He gave me this morning to share with you and for you to share with those you know who wrestle “tigers” in their world.
Turn your concerns over to God (Psalm 34:14)
Invest time in Bible study and prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)
Guard your thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Endure all hardships (2 Timothy 4:5)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Next time a “tiger” leaps at me, I’m going to fight back with words of truth and trust. How about you? What Scripture do you use to ward off the beast?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 4:5).
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks