Have you ever cried through the night saying, “All is lost? Why Lord? What am I doing wrong? Why won’t You fix this?“ Jeremiah shed tears until he said, "I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken.” (Lamentations 2:11) When he saw the destruction of Jerusalem, he lamented, “Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost.” (Lamentations 3:18) Then, in the midst of his despair, he dared. He dared to hope in what he remembered. “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.” Are feeling hopeless looking at the situation around you? Are you fearful and in the pit of despair? When you look at the mercy, faithfulness and compassion of God, your hope will be renewed. Today, dare to hope.
It’s a great comfort to those who love the Lord to know that He can be neither intimidated nor defeated. If they are from the Lord, whatever plans we have will unfold no matter who opposes them.Jesus said, “See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” (Revelation 3:8). Conversely, if your plans are not from the Lord, they ultimately will fail no matter who proposes them. Prayerfully place your plans and desires into God’s hands. Be assured that if they are His will, He will bring them about. Nothing can stop God’s will.No matter what man proposes, it’s God who disposes.
We don’t have to strive in our own strength to love and do good for the purpose of ticking off some religious requirement. The apostle Paul said that “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts” (Romans 5:5), and it is with this same love that we can love others. We also read that “it is God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). Even the very desire to do good comes from the Lord through his Holy Spirit. May this thought encourage us today!
“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? …‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:35-40)God sees what we do with what He gives us. Are we spending the time, resources, energy, and talents He has given us on ourselves, or care we using these blessings to minister to others for His glory?
In the Old Testament, God said, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). And to emphasize its importance under the new covenant, He repeats the same verse in the book of Hebrews. You’re not being holy and humble by doing penance or by continuing to remember what God has forgotten! God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But when we want to bring again before the Lord that fault that has already been confessed, God says to us, “What are you talking about? There’s no record of that here in heaven. No, you confessed that. I see you through the blood of Jesus. I see you perfect through My Son.” That’s the gospel message! Let’s rejoice in that truth today!
I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague. He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart. Psalm 91:2-4 Assuredly no subtle plot shall succeed against the one who has the eyes of God watching for his defense, we are foolish and weak as poor little birds, and are very apt to be lured to our destruction by cunning foes, but if we dwell near to God, He will see to it that the most skillful deceiver shall not entrap us and no plague will come nigh our dwelling.
“Praise be to the Lord, for He showed me the wonders of His love when I was in a city under siege.” Psalm 31:21 The situation David went through could be similar to what some of us may be going through. It may seem that there is no way out of this dilemma. Thank God David did not stay in that place forever. Instead, he tells the Lord, “Yet You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.” We too can call on Him for help. And when we do that like David, He will set us free and plant us in a safe and spacious place.
Asaph wrote eleven Psalms. Yet Asaph confessed,“Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart” “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped” (Psalm 73:1-2). Why? Because he saw the wicked around him prospering,Like some of us wonder why blessings are heaped on people who live duplicitous lives? Perhaps you’ve seen an ungodly coworker rewarded instead of you or a wicked neighbor acquire material things while you struggled to make ends meet.It can be very easy for suffering Christians to slide into doubt. They may think, “I’ve been living right but all my diligence have been in vain. In spite of all I do, I still suffer.”That is when you need to guard your heart. Don’t let your faith or your confidence be shaken. God is still on the throne. God will help you. Asaph saw that he had almost slipped but he held on to proclaim, “I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works” (73:28). And you can do the same!
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Money can’t buy it. Man’s righteousness can’t earn it. Social prestige can’t help you acquire it. Morality can’t purchase it. It is, as Isaiah said, “without money and without price. . He holds in His omnipotent hand the priceless, precious, eternal gift of salvation, and He bids you to take it without money and without price. The best things in life are free, are they not? The air we breathe is not sold by the cubic foot. The water which flows crystal clear from the mountain stream is free for the taking. Love is free, faith is free, hope is free.
Do you need to give or recommit your life to Christ? Do it today.
‘Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.’
There is something different about people who are trusting the Lord. As we trust in Him, something about the way we look changes. There is peace and joy instead of despair and hopelessness. That’s because we don’t look at our circumstances, but look to Him in every situation.
PRAYER: Lord, I lift up my eyes, above the troubles that are around me, and I look to You. You are my hope, You are my salvation and You are the One Who comes and lifts up my head. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.