Archive for August, 2016
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. (I Kings 17:6)
God always provides our daily bread. Ask God for it and watch him provide — sometimes in ways we could never have imagined.
“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.” (Isaiah 10:1–2)
God stands for justice. He sides with the weak and the oppressed. Those who have power often think they automatically can count on God’s blessing, but that’s not so. If might isn’t used to help the powerless, God will judge those in power.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)
Do not evaluate your love of money based on the amount, but evaluate based on the attitude. A little or a lot, your spiritual character is revealed by how you handle money.
“Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
Don’t let nostalgia for the “good ol’ days” make you miss the joys of today nor the possibilities of tomorrow.
David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. (I Samuel 23:14)
David spent several years hiding from Saul in the wilderness while waiting to become King as God had promised. Even during this difficult time God was with him and protecting him. Just like God does for you during your wilderness times.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
We need to know that the message of Jesus Christ is a powerful one. The most powerful in all of creation! Through Jesus, God offers salvation to every human on this planet who will accept it. Have you accepted it? Will you?
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
It is God’s plan for marriage. Leave your parents to form your family. Connected to each other in a new union.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalms 8:3–4)
As we come to realize the vastness that is our universe, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We look at ourselves and feel very insignificant.
Yet we have significance, value, and importance, because God has given us those things. Even though we are rightfully nothing in his creation, God has placed us near the top in importance. That’s not because of anything we’ve done, but because of who he is. The psalmist goes on to say:
“You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” (Psalms 8:5–8)
Wow! Only a great God could do that for beings as insignificant as we. Excuse me… as significant as you and I.
He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” (Mark 5:7)
It is a question we all need to ask. What does Jesus want from us? It was a man named Legion who asked it in this verse. And the answer was for him to follow Jesus and tell his friends and family what the Lord had done for him.
I like the imagery of taking the things that I’m worried about and throwing them on God. That’s what the word “cast” means in the original language. Peter is telling his readers to throw their worries on God and let him take care of them.
I use a mental exercise to try and deal with the stress in my life. When I’ve got something that I’m worried about, I try to imagine something that represents that concern. If I’m worried about my health, I might think of a hospital or a bottle of pills. If it’s a financial problem, I picture a stack of money. It doesn’t really matter what I choose, as long as it is something that I can visualize.
Next I take that symbol of worry, and I imagine that I’m placing it in a burlap sack. I proceed to close the sack, whirl it a few times in my mind, then toss it to God. I visualize myself casting that anxiety on him.
It may sound silly, but I find that the visualization process helps me do what I need to do: stop worrying and trust that God will handle my problems.
The apostle Paul wrote:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
If I can learn to turn my worries over to God, he will give me his peace, that divine peace that defies all logic. I decide to give my cares to God, I pray about them, and I thank him for handling them. In return, he gives me peace.
I don’t know about you, but I much prefer peace to worry!
So next time something is weighing on your mind, try the mental exercise I described. Combine that with prayer and thanksgiving. You very well may find that God takes your worry away and gives you peace to replace it.