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!
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16) Isn’t it comforting to know that God knew each one of us long before we were ever born? Every single day of our lives was written in His book before we ever lived them. It is a cause of rest to my heart to know that He has designed the details of my life. We can quit worrying and begin to rejoice that we are not in charge but He is. He has ordained great and grand purposes for us and through the power of His Spirit, enables us to fulfill them. He is the beginning and He is the end and everything in between. So, just give it all to Jesus. He is well capable of handling your life.
“As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” Micah 7:7 The context of this chapter is one of gloom. In Micah 7, Israel was corrupt, but God was still present and promised to lead the people out of all the darkness they were facing. Despite the corruption that was going on, Micah turned to the Lord in faith. He proclaimed that he would wait upon the Lord. He knew that God would not only hear his request, but He would save him too. This promise isn’t just for Micah, but it is for you as well. God will bring you through your trial. Look to Him for help and wait confidently, not only does He hear your cries, He will answer them too. At just the perfect time, He will deliver you from the pain you are facing.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 Character is measured by the love and faithfulness we genuinely display in our daily lives. These are simple virtues that we cannot fake. Love is displayed when we choose to treat others, even those we are not able to love, with kindness and genuine concern. Faithfulness is being a person of truth — genuine and trustworthy in word and deed. These virtues need to be a part of our everyday lives. When we live like this, people will see God in you and God will be pleased.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8
What are you worried about? God knows about it, your sleepless nights, your sighing, your tears. He has kept it in a bottle and it’s before Him. He doesn’t let your tears fall to the ground. They’re too precious to Him. He knows how to bring you out at the right time. Keep on trusting Him to act in your situation. He can be trusted and you can place your hope in Him!
PRAYER: Lord, I know my tears are not hidden from You, help me not to allow discouragement to undermine my confidence in You. Instead, I will live with an expectation that You will act on my behalf. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Psalm 86:7 In the day of my distress I will call on You, for You will answer me.
We have a God who answers us when we call on Him. Our God is alive and every cry proceeding out of our mouth reaches His ear. Throughout the ages, men and women who needed His help like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Hannah, David, Peter, Paul, called on this same God. He answered each one of them. There is no verse in the Bible which says, “God did not answer them” or “God did not help His people.” Right here, right now, you can call on the Lord, the Eternal God. He is able to do much more than you could even ask or think, so call on Him!
Any time we face a disappointment in life or go through a loss, we have to remember there’s another chapter in front of us. We can’t stop on that page, we have to keep moving forward. Instead of focusing on what didn’t work out, wondering why we went through a marriage that didn’t last, or why we didn’t get that position we worked so hard for, focus on the future.
The Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Let go of the past and press forward because your story ends in victory, and God will restore everything that has been stolen from you!
But He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’” (Luke 3:16)
Jesus will baptize us with fire, through the Holy Spirit, in power, burning, purging, changing, making you and me a new person!” Christianity is an experience with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. It changes you from the inside out. Rules and regulations can’t change the heart; but the Holy Spirit can. If you are struggling with any kind of sin or addiction, ask the Holy Spirit to purge you of it and set you free. He is the only one who can change you and make you brand new.
Pray: “God, we’re asking you to fill us with the Holy Spirit this day, so we can be the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen