Now there was a great famine where Isaac lived. God appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.” So Isaac stayed in Gerar, planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. He became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks, herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. King Abimelech was intimidated by Isaac. He realised that Isaac had God on his side, therefore he and his men said, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you,” (Genesis 26:28) and they wanted to make a peace treaty with him. During this time of plague and famine, do not be anxious. If you have put your faith and trust in the Living God and His Son Jesus, God will satisfy all your needs just like he blessed Isaac, so much so, the people who live among you will see that the Lord is with you.
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.
A rich young ruler comes to visit Jesus, at first appearing to humbly seek the way of eternal life. However, it quickly becomes apparent that his real aim is to affirm his righteous standing before God as a result of keeping the commandments. But Jesus knew something was holding the man back from experiencing true freedom. “Jesus looked at him and loved him. One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” Mark 10:21 However, even while standing face-to-face with the Son of God Himself, the young man concluded that what Jesus had to offer could not possibly be more valuable than the riches he possessed. He chose to remain a slave to his possessions, clinging to his false security. How about you? Are you clinging to something that might be preventing you from following Jesus with all your heart? Are you willing to surrender your all to Him?
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.
EXODUS 12:7,13 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.The Egyptians had no protection from the destroyer, but the people of Israel who put the blood of a lamb on their dwellings were safe.The blood represented the Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world – Jesus Christ (Revelation 13:8)..The blood applied stopped the destroyer. With blood on the door of the Israelites in Egypt, no evil dared enter their dwelling. Christ is our Passover Lamb. Likewise, we are kept safe through the protection of the divine Blood of Jesus. 1 CORINTHIANS 5:7 For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
In Psalm 34 David gives an invitation:Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him– Psalm 34:8 David had been through the most trying times. He was hunted by Saul, at one time his friends plotted to stone him, his sons betrayed him and he had to live like an outcast even though God promised he’d be king one day. In and through all this David had a taste of His God. He knew His God was gracious, trustworthy, just, true and faithful. He had made God His refuge, and even once, God did not fail him. Have you put your trust in this God with your life, with your future. Do it today, you’ll know He’s good.