A certain rich ruler asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” The young man said he’s kept the commandments since he was a boy. Then Jesus asked him to do something radical. “Sell everything you own and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Luke 18:22) We are told that the young man went away very sad because he was extremely wealthy. Was Jesus serious? Yes — He never lied. Was it just a test? No. Jesus said the same to His followers: If you’re not willing to leave everything, you cannot be My disciple. Is Jesus asking you to do something and you have been putting it off? Ask Him to show you when and what needs to leave your hand. Go to God and say, “Everything I have is Yours Lord. Show me what to do with it as Your faithful servant.” He will.
What a comfort to know that the loving hand of God is holding, supporting, and carrying us through the beginnings and endings and each moment in between. From a child’s first cry to its final breath, from the first day of school to the day we graduate, the start of a new job to the day we retire, and the blooming flowers of spring to the chilling blizzards of winter, Jesus is with us. If we have repented of our sin and trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, our Savior’s words hold true: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, has the final word in your life, in your situation!
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord… – Revelation 1:8
The Lord has committed Himself to instructing us. When we wait on Him, He will give us insight into our situation – since He sees all things, He knows what steps we are to take. We may be surprised at the instruction, though, for His ways are not our ways. The Lord provides guidance as He keeps watch over us. The Holy Spirit prompts to guide our actions and decisions. He alone can see the end from the beginning and knows the hidden dangers and what’s best for you. What troubled waters are you trying to navigate? The promise is a stepping stone to finding your way through those harsh circumstances.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
The LORD is my Shepherd. Psalm 23:1
The LORD is my Shepherd; therefore, I shall lack nothing, because I have the best possible shepherd taking care of me. He leads and feeds me, guards and guides us. Our Shepherd is good and gracious to us forever. It is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. With our Good Shepherd beside us, we have no evil to fear. He watches over us and keeps us from being destroyed by ravenous beasts. And Because He is our Shepherd we have every good to look forward to! Hallelujah!
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.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you… ( Acts 1:8). The power of the Holy Spirit does not come as a reward. Power is not a trophy at the end of a marathon. We need power at the start if we are to run the marathon for God. We may be disgraceful, perhaps stumbling in our walk, but that makes it so necessary for us to receive the Holy Spirit. He is not given on condition that we are perfect. He is given because we are not perfect. He has come because we need Him – for the best and for the worst of us. (REINHARD BONNKE)
Prayer: Holy Spirit I really need You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The earth belongs to Him and to no one else. He is the rightful owner. There is only one name on the title deed to the universe, and it’s not yours, and it’s not mine. It’s God’s. Not only does the earth belong to the Lord, but everything it contains. That includes your “possessions”. More specifically, every single human being belongs to the Lord. That includes your family, even you. We are but stewards, good or bad, of what He has entrusted to us. Since everything in the world belongs to God, why then do we spend so much time and energy accumulating and clinging onto the things of this world? Do we recognize and acknowledge the fact that you own nothing in this world? Our very breath comes from Him!
What we call “blessings” are not always blessings. Having or hoarding plentiful possessions doesn’t guarantee happiness. It’s what we do with what we have that determines a sense of prosperity. What matters is looking at everything with eternity in mind. Whether we share our time, or help those in need, the reward is in the giving. Jesus provides the example of how to live our lives as generous givers. He gave His all, to redeem us. (Titus 2:14). Our blessings are entrusted to us for blessing others. In refreshing others, we too will be refreshed!