It is easy when things are going as planned to think we had something to do with it. When there are challenges, we are more willing to give it to God, but actually, He is always in charge! How arrogant we are at times when our next breath is dependent on Him!
Isaiah 55:9-11 reads, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Our heart should stay filled to the brim with gratitude and humility!
David slew Goliath with one stone. That was all that was required. I take that to mean I need only cling to one Truth or verse to uplift me. This morning I am praying with Philippians 4:7 which reads, “Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” With replacing “I” and “me” for “you” , I claim it for myself!
This morning as I was reading my Daily Devotional, it occurred to me that the majority of these begin with a forewarning of when our journey gets rough! While pondering this, a light bulb came on because after reading these, you almost always expect something negative to happen!
Refusing to begin each day expecting disaster, I will pray with Jeremiah 25:11 which states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Never once does it mention “pitfalls” but prosperity. Often times we experience these “pitfalls” when we are expecting them!
The following is from an article I read some time ago and can’t remember the author but thought I would share it.
“At the center of the most turbulent heart there is a place of peace, a place beyond time that cannot be touched by change or loss. Here in the stillness is rest and healing. Nothing we suffer, nothing we fear, can damage its perfection. Enter this place of peace and learn the purpose of your life–not wealth or fame, but the recognition of your unity with all things. Everything you have loved is here. All joy. All good. No living thing has ever been lost to you. No evil can survive in this clear shining.”
Imagine beginning each and every day at that place. Psalm 112:4,7 states, “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man…He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” We can fulfill this Truth by beginning each day peacefully.
In my Bible study this morning, the author is talking about rehearsing our troubles being like experiencing them over and over. That is certainly not necessary. Why even bother praying about them, if we continue to relive them?
Joshua 1:5,9 reads, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Recently read an article about a man watching a television program about government policies and positions of elected officials. He reported how he had been pulled in with anger and became angrier and angrier until he realized what he had been doing. We can always choose Love over anger.
I John 4:8 reads, “The one who does not know Love does not know God, for God is Love.” I notice this does not say “from time to time” or “sometime”. This is not just good advice but it is Truth. It is up to us on taking in “negativity”!
It is my duty and responsibility to express God and His qualities, not to attempt to impress. Often times, I have to stop and check my motives and question, “Am I expressing or trying to impress or even be impressed by others?”
Psalms 139:1-4 keeps me humble and on track. It reads, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.”