Jesus encountered lots of children throughout His ministry. He took children in His arms and blessed them. He used the gift of a child’s bread and fish to feed more than 5,000 people. He said that we must become humble like them to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Caring for children is not easy, and it often goes unappreciated. But to everyone who lovingly cares for children and leads them to Jesus, His words remain precious and true: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in My name welcomes Me” (Mark 9:37).
Jesus loves children. He invites us all to be the children of God, and we are safe in His love forever.
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the assembly, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord,
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.
So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.
In the midst of all that is shifting and changing God assures us that His Word “stands forever!” Anything outside of God’s Word will wither and fade away. God’s word is the final authority. God’s Word is powerful; it can take an unsaved, uninterested, hard-hearted human being and absolutely turn his life around! And it can transform you, too—give you wisdom, bring you joy, dispel the darkness in your life. It shows the way to eternal life through Christ. It gives life meaning and purpose. Have you read His word today?
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him and seek Him.” Lamentations 3:25
For me, waiting quietly for God is difficult. How I wish I could hurry God! My patience keeps running out. I often wonder, “How do I pray better to make Him act?” Maybe, you too feel the same.
When your patience is tested to the limit, remember that the world unfolds according to God’s timetable, not ours.
Prayer: Lord, let me live according to Your plan and according to Your timetable. When I am hurried, Lord, slow me down. When I become impatient with others, give me empathy. Today, Lord, let me be patient, and let me trust in You and Your master plan. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
It’s the story of a father whose son was possessed by a spirit that threw him into violent seizures. Though the father’s faith was wavering, he still turned to Jesus. “I believe,” the father cried. “Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). In the same breath, this man professed his faith and confessed his doubt. Haven’t we all been there? We believe in Jesus’ power, yet we have a hard time believing He can come through in our particular situation. That’s okay. With the little faith we have, God wants us to go to Him. Just like how He raised this man’s son to life and health, God will raise us out of our unbelief and show us that He is able to handle anything that we are battling today.
The Bible says, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).
In other words “we are His work of art.” The psalmist wrote, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13–14).
So why are we here on earth? To fulfill a master plan-A plan unique for each one of us. Even before we were conceived in our mother’s womb we were conceived in the heart of God for this very purpose. It’s incredible, but true.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.