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!
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!
I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Prayer is one of the main ways in which we abide. It is how we increase our dependence upon God because we come to understand that without Him we can do nothing. This acknowledged dependence causes us to run to Him for everything and anything. So, when we face difficulty, we run to God first before we run to anyone. If something exciting happens, we go to God in thanksgiving before we text our friends. When we need help or wisdom we ask God for guidance before calling our parents, and when we are hurting or sad we weep to our Saviour before turning to anyone else.
‘To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.’
The Lord has placed within each one of us some of His treasures called talents. We are to discover this treasure and use it for His glory. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discover your talent. So use the treasure within you, and be a blessing.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for all that You have placed in my life. May I be found faithful in using it well, so that I will bring hope and light to those around me and that I may know the joy of being used in Your service. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Exodus 39:30 ‘Holy to the Lord.’ (Dedicated to the LORD)
Your life was designed to be dedicated to the Lord and used by Him. Your very existence is by no means a mistake – it is part of God’s plan. God has chosen you out of all the people to be His very own. Don’t become contaminated by the things that corrupt you, but be ‘set apart’ for His use and His purposes.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that in You my life has meaning and purpose. Help me to be ‘holy and dedicated’ unto You, my Lord and my God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, in the name of our Lord Jesus, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united.
It’s when we fight, gossip, criticize, or hold feelings of bitterness, we have divisions. So how does unity occur in the church when it’s made up of people with such diverse backgrounds? We need to put the interest of the church above ours. Every one of our decisions in the church is to be viewed through the mind of Christ. He alone gives us His unique and unifying perspective. When everybody decides to put the things of Christ first, so that the honour and glory of Christ might be advanced, it brings harmony in a congregation.
God is not looking for perfection Overnight. He knows we’re not going to get it right all of the time and yet, He loves us deeply. What He truly wants from us is our trust and obedience. Do we believe that He is good? If we truly believe the truth about Him, then we must be willing to leave our will, trust God’s will to take us to that next place of provision. His ways are always best. Every time we choose to obey – even when it costs us dearly – we come out the other side far more grounded and strengthened to do the next thing God has for us. And those who choose their own way miss out on His blessing and unfortunately reap the consequences of their unbelief and disobedience.
“My sheep listen to My voice: I know them and they follow Me” (John 10:27) Obey Him today, even if you don’t feel like it.
Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4) When Habakkuk became depressed and restless because God wasn’t acting quickly enough on His promises, God said, “The revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. If you are restless right now, be patient, God is not finished with you yet.” He is developing your character right now. Keep doing what you are doing faithfully. God will come through for you.