“As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” Micah 7:7 The context of this chapter is one of gloom. In Micah 7, Israel was corrupt, but God was still present and promised to lead the people out of all the darkness they were facing. Despite the corruption that was going on, Micah turned to the Lord in faith. He proclaimed that he would wait upon the Lord. He knew that God would not only hear his request, but He would save him too. This promise isn’t just for Micah, but it is for you as well. God will bring you through your trial. Look to Him for help and wait confidently, not only does He hear your cries, He will answer them too. At just the perfect time, He will deliver you from the pain you are facing.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 Character is measured by the love and faithfulness we genuinely display in our daily lives. These are simple virtues that we cannot fake. Love is displayed when we choose to treat others, even those we are not able to love, with kindness and genuine concern. Faithfulness is being a person of truth — genuine and trustworthy in word and deed. These virtues need to be a part of our everyday lives. When we live like this, people will see God in you and God will be pleased.
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
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!
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.
Exodus 13:21 ‘The LORD went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and He provided light at night with a pillar of fire.’
Night and day, the Lord takes care of you. During the ‘day’ seasons of your life, He will lead and guide. During the ‘night’ seasons of your life, His comforting presence is with you and He will provide exactly what you need.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You care so much for me that You go ahead of me and prepare the way for me. Regardless of whether it is day or night, Your hand will hold me and abandon me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
’…and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.’
The nation of Israel was oppressed by Egypt , but God would turn things around. It looked like the situation was getting worse as they cried out to God. Their work-load was doubled and they were more frustrated than ever. But their cry came to the ear of God and God delivered them out of Egypt by signs wonders and miracles. He can take your situation and let your enemies see His hand at work.
You may feel like you are losing ground, but have faith, He will work it out!
PRAYER: Lord, You are One who has the final say. I pray that my enemies will know that You are the Lord when they see what You have done for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The fear of being different or disagreeable starts early in childhood and doesn’t leave you even when you reach adulthood. Peer pressure. It happens, not just in schools, but around the lunch table with colleagues or friends, during adult conversations when you don’t want to admit who you really are or what you truly believe. Do you need to go against the majority today on some issues that you’re facing? Stand your ground. If you are too weak for that, pray that God will give you convictions so that you can stand firm.
The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted. (Proverbs 29: 25)
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.
Romans 5:6 ‘When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.’
The Good News is that the Lord comes in our helplessness and gives us hope. He knows our struggles and our failures and steps in at the right time. As we remember His death and what He did for us on the cross, we celebrate hope. No matter how ‘utterly helpless’ our situation may be, He is our help and answer. He will enable us to live a life that He calls us to live.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for coming into the world to die and to give Your life as a sacrifice for me. I recognise that You are all I need. Help me in my walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.