Joy Comes in the Morning

At any given moment of the day, when we least expect it, circumstances arise that cause fear and despair to darken our attitude. Heaviness shrouds our spirit and joy flees in retreat. Other people are making decisions, which adversely affect our life.

They ignore our wishes and do not consult our opinion first. They drag us through the negative consequences of their decisions. Eventually anger may arise to shield us from imminent suffering, and we explode and strike out at those causing the issues.

It seems to them that we are reacting with severe sharpness at some small offense, and this leaves them wounded and resentful.

We are only attempting to restore order to our life; but our soul pours forth a storm of accusations, which drench the recipient to the point of drowning. Then we feel guilty for over-reacting.

Our anxiety and depression deepen and we withdraw into a stoic abyss, shutting our self off from life. Our heart is full of anguish and fear, and we feel horrible and overwhelmed.

We wish we could fly away with the wings of a dove and be at rest. We would gladly stay in a desert, if it was far enough away from the torment we currently feel. We cry out for shelter from the tempest of disappointments (Psalm 55:4-6).

The good news is that our Lord is our Shepherd. He provides all of our needs and shelters us from every storm. He walks with us, even through the valleys of the shadow of death.

We can trust God to restore our soul and help us to bring order back to our life. He will heal our wounded soul with His love, joy and peace (Psalm 23, 30:5).

Prayer:
Father God, You lead us to fountains of living water and You dry all of our tears (Revelation 7:17). Now, teach us to get along with difficult people who make a mess of our life, and then condemn us, because we get upset with them.

They act like we are the ones at fault, and they blame us for all of their problems. We cannot dwell in unity with this type of person, unless You come to our rescue. We ardently trust You to work out even these alarming situations for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28).

Thought for the Day:
As we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, He will lead us, guide us and make all things work out for our good. – Psalm 91

Precious in the Sight of the Lord

A Christian’s Eternity

God recorded every one of the days of our life in His book prior to our birth. He laid out each moment of time before even one day passed. In fact, He watched as we were formed in our mother’s womb. He made all of our delicate, complex internal organs by His creative workmanship (Psalm 139:13-16). God has a perfect plan for every life (Ephesians 2:10).

In our times of trouble on this earth, our Heavenly Daddy is a refuge for the oppressed. We learn to trust in Him, because He never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5; Psalm 9:9). In fact, God does not even leave us to rot in the grave. When we die, He sends angels to carry us to Heaven (Luke 16:22). Then, He raises us up in new life as His sons, and we never die again (Luke 20:36).

Solomon, in all of His wisdom, realized that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1). To be out of this earthly body means that we are face-to-face with our Creator and King (2 Corinthians 5:8). We experience all the joys of knowing God in this life, and then He provides us with the wondrous pleasure of His own unending presence throughout eternity (Psalm 16:9-11).

The death of His Saints is precious in the sight of the Lord (Psalm 116:15). We are never parted from our Lord and Savior, not even by death. We leave this old sin-cursed world behind and enter the glories of Heaven with our Daddy God. God is our guide throughout life, and He also walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 48:14; Psalm 23:4).

Prayer:
Father God, when we put our trust in Your name and live by faith in Your faithfulness, You never let us down. You even give us Your peace and joy as we leave this world behind (Psalm 9:10-11). We sing praises to You now in this life, and we will continue to sing Your praises when we enter Your heavenly city. Remind us to tell everyone we know about Your goodness to us during this lifetime, so they will know You too.

Thought for the Day:
God gives His righteous bride a refuge in death. – Proverbs 14:32

God’s Everlasting Love

Our help in times of tribulation and loss comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:1-2). He is the God of Creation (Genesis 1:1), Redemption (Ephesians 1:7) and Protection (Psalm 121:7). As Creator, He not only created the cosmos in the beginning, He will also restore all things with a new Heaven and a new Earth (Revelation 21:1). As Redeemer, God saves Believers and protects us so that we will never perish (John 3:16-18).

To receive these blessings, we admit our need for a Savior. We all fall short of His glory, and deserve death; however, God gives us eternal life when we turn from our sinful lifestyle and trust in Him to save us (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8). We confess that we are sinners, believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and we shall be saved (Roman 10:9).

We can live in confidence, because we know that God is protecting us through every trial and in all of our grief. As with Daniel in the lion’s den, the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace and the valley of the shadow of death, God does not save us from the suffering; but as we live through it, He walks with us, as well as in us (Colossians 1:27).

God collects our tears in His bottle and He records the events in His book. He will bring revenge on those who hurt us (Romans 12:19). When we pray, God works on our behalf. We can trust Him without hesitation, realizing that no one can do anything to us without God’s consent (Psalm 56:8-11). We will live for eternity and no one can ever snatch us away from Him (John 10:28).

Prayer:
Father God, I confess that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I turn to You for salvation. I believe in You and trust You to take control of my life. Thank you for creating me, redeeming me and providing for me every day of my life. You are there for me in the light and the darkness. You carry me through every trial and comfort me in all of my grief (Psalm 68:19).

Thought for the Day:
As we flee from temptation and please God, we will increase in grace and knowledge of all that the Lord means to us. – 2 Timothy 2:22-24; 2 Peter 3:18