Though last night was a little rough, Father, I was grateful that You were by my side. It is reassuring to have You in my thoughts at any time, day or night. I am glad You are my comforter.
In the past twelve days, four men in my life have died – three from my churches and one from my family. On top of that, I have two uncles recovering from strokes. It has been difficult, but one thing I refuse to do is to blame God for it.
If anything sin is to blame. God created us and this world to be perfect, clean, and holy. And we soiled this holy perfection by inviting sin into the picture. We can’t just blame Adam either. Throughout the thousands of years of man’s existence, all of humanity – men, women, boys and girls – we have all perpetuated sin in each of our lives. Sin is at the core of all of our heartache and disease.
Personally, we should be grateful towards God. How many prayers have been answered that have prolonged life giving us another day…another month…another year? How many minds has God gifted with the ability to think through seemingly insurmountable problems of disease and illness? Medical advancements in my lifetime alone are absolutely amazing!
How many times has everything lined up in such a way that at just the right time physical maladies have intersected with just the right professional who was able to put all the pieces together to find an answer? That is not coincidence – that is providence! It is God’s intervention!
God does love us! He does care! In the midst of the awful storms of life, God is there! He is the rock upon which we can build our lives. And even when our lives come to an end, He is still there. If we have given our lives over to Him, death is not the victor! He has overcome death and we can step across that cold threshold into His loving presence for all of eternity. No more pain. No more tears. No more sorrow. Only everlasting love and joy! Amen!
Apr 26th, Wed, 8:50 am
Father, as I sit here at this early hour I can give You nothing but praise! So many ignore You or curse You, blaming You for their heartache and pain, they accuse You of not caring enough to fix all the world’s problems.
But You do care. You have given us a means of being more than conquerors. You blessed us with a perfect world and because of our defiance we have polluted it, we have filled it with hate and pain and disease and death. We and our predecessors have made it what it is.
Even with all we had done – You still loved us. You had mercy on us and despite our rebellion; You got Your hands dirty and intervened on our behalf. You sent Your one and only Son to live amongst us. Before He came He knew the agony and sorrow that we know but His coming enabled us to grasp the reality that we are not all alone, that Someone does understand what we are going through and does care.
And even more than that because Christ chose to take upon himself the penalty for our defiance – our sin – that we can now find forgiveness. And (as if that weren’t enough already) our great enemy death has been defeated!
Father, You are worthy of all our praise! You love us more than we deserve and I choose to love You back. You are my Lord! You are my Savior! I give You my all! Amen!
Mar 25th, Fri, 5:50 am
Lots of things on my plate today, Father. Help me to use my time wisely and effectively. Much has to be done for Sunday and I need Your direction and strength to stay the course. Amen.
Hebrews 2:5-8 (<<click here)
Lord Jesus, overall this passage is stating that everything has been placed under Your feet. You have been given “authority over all things.” Quite often in life that is difficult to remember in that it feels like we are on bus that is careening towards a cliff and the only foreseeable outcome is carnage and death. But…You have been given “authority over all things” and our lives – and the world as a whole, for that matter – are most definitely included under “all things.”
You created a perfect world with perfect people. But You didn’t make us love You, You gave us a choice to love You. Now maybe in our naiveté we didn’t do a good job of thinking things through, but we chose instant gratification and in the process chose disobedience which in the big picture equaled a choice not to love You. Perfection was blemished and so became imperfect. And because of that, we imperfect people brought imperfection to the world as well.
So, back to the bus. You have been given “authority over all things” but we chose to do our own thing. The “bus” we are on is of our own making. All of the contributing factors that have brought us to this point, we have instigated and perpetuated. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
I, and I am one of many, have chosen to return the authority to You. I have chosen to love You because You first loved me. You have my best interests in mind… but I am still on the bus. And this bus is on a crash course but I will be saved. Death is not the end, though many want to believe it is. One day we will all stand before You. And on that day the choice we made in regards to You will receive it’s just compensation. Your authority will be acknowledged by one and all.
Lord, may I continue to choose You every day. Help me to bring comfort and joy to others even in the midst of our careening, Help me to show them who You are so they may choose You, too.
Feb 17th, Wed, 6:48 am
Thank You in advance, Father, for the beautiful day ahead! Also, thank You for yesterday’s blessings. It was so nice being with Karen all day – talking, laughing, eating, and looking. I am so grateful that Your hand has been upon us. You have answered our prayers and the prayers of others – our love for each other is stronger than ever. May it ever be so. Praise Your holy name!
I Thessalonians 3:1-5 (<<click here)
Harold Hill proclaimed in The Music Man, “Trouble, oh we got trouble… with a capital “T” and I can surely say it’s not limited to River City. Lord, we all struggle with trouble. Through the years many have tried to blame sin or lack of faith for the trouble we experience. Now we can get ourselves into trouble with sin or a lack of faith but many times You use our trials and tribulations to “build character (James 1:2-4), perseverance (Romans 5:3-5) and sensitivity toward others who also face trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).*NLT LASB
Lord, we can’t avoid them so help us not to fume and stress but to trust You to get us through them and when we come out on the other side that we will be more like You!
July 18th, Sat, 7:29 am
*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible