1 Samuel 30:6
‘David was greatly distressed… But He found strength in the LORD his God.’Distressing and desperate situations can cause great stress and anxiety. David’s life was at risk and everything seemed to be going the wrong way. In all of this, He turned to the Lord his God and found his strength there. Regardless how distressing things may seem, look to the Lord, He will strengthen you and help you.PRAYER: Lord, in my distress, and in my frustration, I look to You, my Lord. I will find the strength I need in You, because You are in control of all things! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The inspirational poem “Footprints” recounts a person’s conversation with God about her journey through life. After noticing that the two sets of footprints that the traveller and the Lord make dwindle to one set at a time of trouble, the traveller asks the Lord why He apparently departed at the crucial hour of need. The lines of God’s response are well-known: He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you; never, ever, during your trials and testing. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” Our God never abandons His children. Never ever! He has made you and He will carry you; He will sustain you and He will rescue you. ISAIAH 46:4
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18The more I see how truly sinful I am, I also see how truly holy God is. If we were to look at the Cross each day, and remember what Jesus did for us, we would start the day off knowing we are forgiven when we deserved punishment. We were made alive, when we deserved death.Jesus has done it! Every sin has been paid for, every evil deed judged, and the full and total price of our redemption purchased at the cross. That is the power of the blood of Jesus. That is the depth of the Father’s love! Salvation is free! Take it!
The subtle thing about ungodly compromise is that it seems harmless but can often lead to dangerous ones. There are many horrific examples in the Bible where God’s people made ungodly compromises. David compromised by committing adultery with Bathsheba, another man’s wife. This led to numerous sins, including the murder of Uriah, her husband (2 Samuel 11). Samson’s fornication with Delilah, a Philistine harlot led to his death. We should consider these examples as stern warnings for our own lives. In order to walk in integrity and to resist the temptation to compromise God’s laws, we must • Read God’s word God’s word and depend on it to guide our daily decisions. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)• We need to flee from the temptations in life. (2 Timothy 2:22)• Surrender our lives to God. (James 4:7)
Ecclesiastes 11:5 Just as you do not know the mystery of a baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you do not know the work of God Who makes all things.Life is a mystery written by the Hand of God. It is designed to fulfill the Purpose of God. God works in the same mysterious way in the womb of a mother. The baby is carefully formed and every part mindfully put together. There are no mistakes in the womb. God is present in that small, dark place. When the baby is being formed, He looks upon the baby as unique and special. It is a powerful display of His love. God works with great attention to every detail of our lives. Our past and all that seems dark and hopeless are what moves us into the destiny God has for us. God knows all things. He knows the whys and whats and hows of our path. We have a choice to believe- He knows what He is doing, and that, what we are experiencing is not only temporary, but necessary.
Who can comprehend the love of Jesus? Love that sent Him from heaven to earth, and eventually to misery, on the cross. When we consider the sacrifice of our Saviour, none of us can really grasp the full measure of His love. It simply overwhelms us, giving us life and blessings that we never deserved.I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.– Ephesians 3:17-18 May the power of God help us comprehend the love of God.
Circumstances often bring us to a place where the future looks bleak and the outcome is unknown. Like a shepherd who walks before his flock to make sure the land is safe, God walks before His children to scout out the land and lead them in the right direction. It doesn’t matter what lies ahead of us, He goes before us. As the Israelites were crossing into the Promised Land, they were facing a scary situation. They were walking into a battle they couldn’t win on their own, but they marched with confidence because they knew the One who went before them. I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight. Isaiah 45:2 No matter how lost you might feel, remember that you are not alone. God is with you, follow Him step by step, He’ll lead you to where you need to go.
King Jehoshaphat and his men were in a desert without any water for themselves or for their animals and thought they would die. The king cried out to God for mercy and, this is what the Lord said, “You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water.” (2 Kings 3:17) In other words God was saying, “I will give you what you need, not in the way you think, but in My own way.” Sometimes, God gives no hints– no wind or clouds to let us know that the water is coming. He only asks, “Do you trust Me?” To whom are we looking to? Who is our source? God is telling us, “I’ll supply your need, but not in the way you think.” Today, you are in a dilemma – even a situation of your own making – don’t be afraid to call on the Lord with a sincere heart. Wait for Him to answer. Don’t worry about how God will do it. He’ll do it!
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. (Isaiah 55:11) There was a nobleman whose son was dying. He pleaded with Jesus for him and all He said was, “Go your way; Your son will live” The man took Jesus at His Word and went away, expecting a miracle. On his way home, his servants met him and said, “Your son lives” The man enquired and realised that the miracle had taken place at the same time Jesus spoke the word.All you need during a predicament is a word from God. Take a hold of His Word and stand your ground in faith. —you’ll soon have a testimony.