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!
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.
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.
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.
How often we argue with God when He says no to something! How often children do the same with their parents! “Everyone else does it…” Or, “Why can’t we just be like him/her?” Looking different and living differently is something we should be proud of. Even when it doesn’t look or appear to be as popular or as interesting as those we’re surrounded by. We should be different, not because we’re trying to be different for the sake of being different. Being different is simply a natural result of imitating our God, who is holy. “God did not shed the precious blood of His Son so we could conform to the world. Christian, therefore… Think differently. Act differently. Be forgiving. Be loving. Not revengeful. Be a beacon. 1 Peter 1:16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.”
In life, lots of situations that can make us weary. It’s easy to focus on our problems and the cares of life to the point that we’re ready to give up. Weariness— physical, emotional, or spiritual—comes to us all. Isaiah reminds us that the Lord, the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth “will not grow tired or weary. The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Are you tired of waiting? If weariness has caused you to forget God’s presence and power, why not pause and recall His promise. “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31)