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!
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
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 Regardless of his circumstances, Habakkuk had learned to be joyful in His Saviour and clings to his God for strength. In the midst of things that seem to be going wrong in our lives, may we like Habakkuk, stop right now and choose to praise Him simply for who He is.
Children seldom worry about what they are going to eat. They simply run to their parents saying, “I’m hungry.” They don’t stress about how much something costs, how long it takes to prepare or any such thing. Children simply trust that the parent who has always faithfully fed them will continue to do so. How often do we find ourselves stressed over things we face in our lives? When we depend on God like a child, we no longer need to worry.
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:32
Knowing that God gave us His Only Son – Jesus should fill us with confidence that our Master cares deeply for our needs.
How often we lament and cry,” Lord, why have you forsaken me and forgotten me?” The Lord declares in Isaiah 49:15-16: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. “I have engraved you.” It does not say, “I have engraved your name.“ I have engraved you, everything about you, all that concerns you; and yet we are as continually troubled with anxieties, plagued with suspicions, and disturbed with fears as if our God has forsaken us. How can we doubt Him when He’s been faithful a thousand times. He will never ever forget His children.
Have you made a mess of your life? Do you wish you could start over again? If that’s the way you feel, I have good news for you: God wants to make your life over anew, and He can do it today if you’ll let Him.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” says the LORD. Jeremiah 18:6, God can take you right now where you are and make out of your life another vessel. God can mend a broken life if you give Him all the pieces. Just turn it over to Him and say, “Here it is, Lord.” God wants to give you a second chance. If there is something that the Lord is asking you to do, do it. Don’t be stubborn. The Lord, longs to be gracious to you. Surrender every area of your life to Him and see Him work wonders on your behalf.
Jesus is the Great Shepherd who feeds us, carries us and leads us into green pastures. If you struggle feeling God’s nearness, I’d encourage you to meditate on this Scripture and picture yourself as a little lamb needing to be picked up. God uses many illustrations throughout the Bible to help us comprehend how He feels about us
A little lamb is helpless, defenseless and completely dependent on its shepherd, just like we are! I pray that God will give each one of us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation today (Ephesians 1:17) in greater measure so that we will really know that our God and Father carries us in His arms, close to His heart just like a shepherd carries a little lamb.
When you have truly come to the place where you feel tired of waiting on God, hearing words like “Your time will come” does little to help. You don’t quite want to hear how someone else waited for 20 or 30 years before their blessing came. Especially when you need God to move now and it seems like He is doing nothing. You get tired of crying, you get tired of praying and waiting on God. I believe this is how the psalmist felt in Psalm 43:1 when he cried out: “God, where are You when the wicked surround me?” He did not know how or when God would deliver him. He was depressed. He was tired. In spite of all of this he said “I will still hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God. God is faithful, He has helped every single person in the Bible, He will help you too.
Here’s hope from God’s Word, if you find yourself discouraged, struggling, or weary:
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3 When we look around we get anxious and fearful, but when we lift our eyes to the Maker, He won’t allow us to fall. We may find ourselves on slippery slopes, but the God who knows all, knows our way. And even when we stumble, He will keep our footsteps firm. For if He made all of heaven and earth, surely He has an incredible plan, for you and for me.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Life surrounds us with many reasons to be anxious and concerned. The Lord tells us not be anxious but to pray about everything. Thank Him beforehand because He is going to take care of all that concerns you. Hasn’t He promised that He would feed us, clothe and carry us to the end?
PRAYER: Lord, I bring all the issues that concern me and bring anxiety and stress into my life, and I give them to You right now. I choose to trust You and I will not entertain anxiety, fear or doubt. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.