When we “live by faith” we see light in the darkness, opportunity in discouragement, growth in our trials, faith in our faithful God, and we realize that everything is possible when it pertains to the will of God for our life (Mark 9:23).
As we trust in the Lord, we commit our thoughts, words and deeds to Him; we hope in Him implicitly; we act on His desires for each moment of our day; we dwell in the Spirit; and we trust in His reliable commitment to us (Psalm 37:3-4).
When we delight in our union with Christ in us, we stand amazed as He replaces our carnal desires with His righteous desires that keep us safe and satisfied. He is just and right in all of His ways, and He protects us from the calamity of our own making (Psalm 37:5).
There is no need to worry, succumb to stress, or to allow anxiety to reign in our thoughts and emotions, even when the unbelievers around us seem to prosper, and we suffer lack. Ours is an everlasting success and fulfillment, theirs is temporary and fleeting (Psalm 37:6-7).
Entering God’s rest is a process, and once we reach it, we abide there continually, regardless of circumstances (Hebrews 4:10). Keeping a record of what God did, is doing, and promises to do in our life, helps us to see just how much He loves us.
Other people are amazed at our trust in God during times of trial and disaster (1 John 3:1), and they want to emulate our behavior. This gives us a chance to share with them how Jesus wants to save them, fill them with Himself, and become their whole focus in life (John 3:16-18; Colossians 3:3-4).
Father God, we have nothing but joy in our thoughts of You. You are our Rock, our Sword, our Shield, and You are the hub in the center of the wheel of life (Psalm 18:2-6; Ephesians 6:17; Ezekiel 1:16). We magnify You with our life, so that when others look at us, they do not see the “magnifying glass” of our words and good works (Matthew 5:16), but they see You magnified through us, and they exalt in Your name together with us (Psalm 34:3).
We rejoice in You always and continually (Philippians 4:4-8). You gave us Jesus as our Light (John 8:12), our Bread of Life (John 6:35), our Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1), our Strength and Buckler (Psalm 18:2), and our Way, Truth and Life (John14:6-11). We can count on You to see us through the worst trials in this world, and to help us to overcome and to live victoriously through every mishap and disaster.
Thought for the Day:
Due to His steady love and nurturing relationship with His Saints, we praise the Lord at all times, and we never pass up an opportunity to sing His praises; we boast in Him and His provision for our life, and those humble enough to understand will hear our testimony and bless the Lord too, as they find His joy as the strength in their life as well. – Psalm 34:1-2