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God is with me—even in the Dark

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Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.” Isaiah 50:10

In the Bible a new day begins with darkness. In Genesis chapter 1 each new day is introduced with the words, “and there was evening, and there was morning—the first day“. The second day, and so on.

When God wants to take us into a new day of spiritual experience, He often begins with darkness. He leads us into a period of confusion, pain and disappointment. Take Joseph for example. God had told him that he would be ruling one day. Instead, for years he endured the exact opposite. He was rejected by his brothers, sold into slavery and endured a long imprisonment. Yet, all the while God was preparing him for a new day when the promise would become reality.

Are you in a time of darkness? You can’t see the way. You don’t understand what’s happening. It makes no sense to you. Tell God about it and then leave it with Him. He knows the way and He is leading you into a new day.

God has promised us treasures of darkness. “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by name “ (Isaiah 45:3).

The greatest treasure is to know God in a deeper way: to know that God is real and He meets real needs. It’s in the dark that God’s picture unfolds.

God says, “Trust Me. Don’t try to figure out what is happening. Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will come out of it all.”

It will be a surprise how God will break into your life this time.

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4,5).

by Helen Lescheid
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A New Identity

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Linda had a very low self-esteem. She’d always felt second-rate in her own family. Ugly. Like she was a nuisance to have around. I’m programmed to be a looser, she thought. How can I possibly be anything else? She lived in defeat and despair.

Then Linda learned about Jesus Christ, how he had come to save us from sin and give us a new life. Hope began to whisper that she could be set free from her sin and the negative influences of her past. She gave her life to Christ. She began to read God’s Word and apply it to her heart.

When negative voices shouted, “you’re a failure; you’re no good” she would counter, “I don’t have to listen to you. That’s not who I am anymore. God has chosen me before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) It gave him great pleasure to adopt me as His child (Ephesians 1:5) I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) She wrote these verses and others on cards so that she could carry them with her and say them often.

As she fed on God’s truths, her self-esteem grew. She began to excel in school, became a registered nurse, and a well-loved public speaker.

Linda affirms that it’s not what has happened to us in the past, but our belief system at the present–what we believe about God and ourselves now–that determines success or failure. Success is not mind over matter, but truth over error. “The truth will set you free,” Jesus said. (John 8:32)

Jesus, I am so thankful that because you live in me I have all that I need to live a godly life which brings blessing to You and to others.

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God is Mysterious

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Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.” Psalm 97:20

There’s much about God we don’t understand. Why didn’t He stop the earthquake or the tsunami? Why doesn’t He protect innocent children? Why do the wicked prosper?

Job and his friends asked many “why” questions. So many things had gone wrong in Job’s life–for no apparent reason–that he despaired of life. “Why did I not perish at birth and die as I came from the womb?” he wailed (Job 10:18). He had lost his children, his marriage, his belongings, his health and his reputation. When he asked, “Why?” his four friends said, “You must have sinned or God would never allow this to happen to you.”

But I’ve always tried to do what’s right,” Job replied.

“You couldn’t have,” his friends insisted. They kept accusing him of sin and Job kept defending himself. After thirty seven chapters of this, they were no closer to an answer than when they started.

That’s when God showed up and spoke for Himself. Although He cleared Job of all sin, He did not give him an answer as to why he had suffered. Instead, God asked Job questions which he, being a mere man, could not answer. And what was Job’s conclusion? “I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance” (Job 42:5, 6 NLT). Job worshiped.

Like Job, I’ve found that ‘why’  is the wrong question to ask. It’s like beating your head against the wall. God has chosen not to tell us why and if He did, we wouldn’t understand it anyway! “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8, 9).

“You can’t analyze God. He is too awesome, too big, too mysterious,” writes C.S. Lewis. “I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You Yourself are the answer.” 

God rightly perceived will always be a God too big for our human understanding. And what do you do when you are confronted with a God too awesome to grasp? You worship.

We worship God when we leave it up to Him to interpret our circumstances. We worship God when we allow Him to define our lives and our purpose. We worship God when we allow our heartache to crowd us closer to the One who grieves with us because He loves us.

Thank you, Father, that you grieve with us because you love us.

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Living in Forgiveness

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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times:” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but  seventy-seven timesMatthew 18:21

What is Jesus saying?

Sometimes God uses the most unlikely persons to teach us a lesson. One morning I was giving out pills to an elderly patient at the Care Home where I was working as a nurse.

We hadn’t really been talking –in fact she often didn’t make sense at all– but this time her speech was clear “We must live in forgiveness—every single day,” she said as she patted my hand. “When I think of how much Jesus has forgiven me I love him and I want to thank him and thank him.”

Of course she didn’t know that at that very moment, I was struggling with a forgiveness issue. This person had hurt  me once too many times , I figured. I could not forgive again.” Now Jesus’ message came to me clearly: “Forgive him as I have forgiven you.”

How did Jesus forgive? Every time somebody hurt him, he forgave. Every time an injustice came his way, he forgave.

Someone has said, “Forgiveness is a lifelong process. Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” Jesus did not find forgiveness easy either. He showed us that forgiveness has a cross  in it. It costs us something. But un-forgiveness has an even greater price: It makes prisoners out of us.

Forgiveness does not mean we excuse the wrong doing by saying “it’s no big deal. He/she couldn’t help it.” Forgiveness means acknowledging the wrong done (yes, it was  mean)  and then deciding to let go of anger and bitterness and the need to get even. Sometimes it will require talking, but I’ve discovered when emotions are hot, talking does more  harm than good. Forgiveness means I turn it over to Jesus and let him handle the unfairness.

Now it was time for me to act upon this truth. I hurried into the laundry room where I could pray alone. “Dear Jesus,” I prayed. “I want to forgive this person. I surrender the hurt and bitterness to you. I want to be free of it. I want your love to flow through me to this person.”

Is there someone you need to forgive.

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Disappointed With God

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

Have you ever been disappointed with God? You trusted him to bless you with a job or to answer a fervent prayer for a loved one and nothing happened. It’s as though God doesn’t care.

I think we all have. Let me tell you about one of my experiences. We prayed much for my husband’s healing and claimed scripture that he would be healed. But despite our earnest prayers, fasting, and spiritual warfare, he did not get better. He got worse. Today he’s in a Care Home. This was a severe test of my faith. I had a choice to make: would I give up on God and prayer or would I go deeper? If I let go of God I’d lose all hope. I would sink into despair. I’d become a bitter old woman. I didn’t want that. So I decided to keep trusting God even though I didn’t understand.

I parceled up all my expectations, my disappointments, and my failures and handed them to God. Here, Lord, I give this burden to You now. I don’t understand what is happening. I don’t like what is happening, but I want to trust You with it. I want to trust  that You are in this and somehow You will bring something good out of it.

I prayed this prayer again and again and God did meet my need for courage and hope from day to day. Now looking back I can see much good has come out of this experience. We have grown in our knowledge of God’s faithfulness and love and we’ve discovered that God is enough even when life doesn’t make sense.

Father, I thank you that you’re always acting in love towards us even when we don’t understand what you are doing.

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I Can Trust Him Always

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to youJeremiah, 29:11,12 (NIV).

On this broken planet we all experience unfairness. You don’t get the raise someone else did. You’re fired from your job for no reason. You’ve studied and worked very hard and, in the end, someone less qualified gets the position you want. You think, ‘I thought God was in this. And now? Nothing’s working out like I thought it would’.

Oswald Chambers says, “I don’t ask what is God doing? Rather, I ask “Who is God?”  That’s the important issue: Is God still good? Is He still in charge? Is He still working out a good plan for me?

Yes. We must look beyond the human element to the divine. It makes a great difference when we put God in the equation, like Joseph and Paul did when life was turning ugly.  Paul, imprisoned by Roman authorities for preaching the gospel, identified himself as a prisoner of the Lord, not a prisoner of Rome (Ephesians 3:1).

Joseph who had been sold into slavery by his brothers, said to them many years later when they came to Egypt to buy grain, “You sold me…but God sent me ahead (Genesis 45:4-8) You intended to harm me but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:19,20).

I hold onto the promises of God no matter what I see on the outside,” writes Nick VujicicI know that God is good. If He allows something bad to happen, I may not understand, but I can hold on to His goodness.”

Don’t miss out on a blessing because it isn’t packaged the way you want.

Father, I thank you that you are working all things together for good in my life.

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He Will be My Guide

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For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14

Do not put your confidence in your ability to follow Christ, but instead in his ability to lead you. by Jack Deere.

While visiting my children in Senegal, West Africa, we were invited to attend a wedding. The wedding reception was held at the bride’s parent’s homestead. But how to get there was a problem.

We had traveled for about an hour on rutted roads crossing barren fields–hot in the African sun–and through small villages sending chickens and goats scurrying. At clusters of mud huts wide-eyed children waved. Geoff had stopped several times to ask directions, to no avail. No road signs, I thought. How will we ever find the way?

At the fork of a dusty road, Geoff slowed the four-wheel drive. “Which way?” he asked his wife Esther. “Your guess is as good as mine,” she laughed. “How about left at the baobab tree.”

We passed an old man walking barefoot beside the road. Geoff slowed and waited for the man to approach the window. A brisk conversation ensued. The man nodded his head, then entered the van. “He knows where the place is. He’ll show us the way,” Geoff said. Immediately we relaxed. With a good guide sitting beside the driver, in no time we arrived at our destination.

As we approach the uncharted territory of another year, with its challenges and opportunities, we will lose our way unless we have Jesus as our guide sitting up front showing us the way. This year is not new to Him. After all, “Every day of our lives is written in his book” (Psalm 139:16). He knows the way.

Do you have Jesus in your life? Are you following His directions? With Jesus in your “car” directing the way, you will get to your desired destination.

Lord Jesus, I want to follow you. Show me the way today and help me to listen. Amen.

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God  is waiting to show His love and kindness to you and to guide your life.  He wants to make something beautiful of your life.  And you can open your heart and life to Him today by praying this prayer with a sincere attitude.

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

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Faith is an Action Word

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Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone.
(James 2:14)

Why does God delay in answering our prayers? Why is help sometimes so slow in coming?

Mary and Martha, must have asked the same questions when their brother became seriously ill and Jesus did not hurry to their side. By the time Jesus finally arrived, Lazarus had died and been buried for four days.

Martha ran out to the road to meet Him. “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” she blurted. Martha believed that, had Jesus been present, He could have healed Lazarus.

But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask,” Martha continued. She believed that Jesus had a peculiar intimacy with God and his prayers would make a difference. But she saw no way Jesus could help Lazarus now. The best she could hope for was that her brother would rise again in the final resurrection.

Martha believed all the right things about Jesus, even to the point of proclaiming Him to be the Messiah who was to come into the world. Still, she failed to make it practical. When Jesus told her to roll away the stone, she protested, “But Lord, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been dead four days.”

Are you, like Martha, standing face to face with an insurmountable problem? Yes, you believe all the right things about Jesus, but are you willing to trust Him completely? Even now – with this present problem?

To believe is more than clinging to the right dogma. It involves action. “Faith without action can’t save anyone,” James tells us. When Martha surrendered her doubts and obeyed Jesus’ command to remove the stone from the tomb, making herself vulnerable, things began to happen. Now Jesus could work the miracle of her brother’s resurrection.

Lazarus came out of the tomb!

Why does God sometimes delay? He wants to lead us beyond a program of beliefs to a personal, intimate relationship with Him. He wants to show us another facet of his power. He gives us an opportunity to trust Him even when we cannot see.

Prayer: Dear God, increase my faith. I surrender my doubts and fears and preconceived ideas. I invite you to come into this situation and work it out for Your glory and my good.

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The God of Hope

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What do you do when bad news threatens to overwhelm you?

The spring my friend Yvonne heard that she had terminal cancer she was devastated.  “I won’t plant any flowers then,” she said. “I mean, what’s the point, I won’t see them bloom anyway.”

But sitting around and moping didn’t feel right either. One day she said to herself, “I was born with a death sentence—all of us are. But I’m not going to sit here and wait for it to happen. I want to live each day to the full. I will continue to grow flowers. If I don’t see them bloom, my neighbors will.”

And for seven more years, Yvonne’s yard looked like a flower garden. There were roses of exquisite colors, hanging baskets of petunias, beds of geraniums and impatiens.

What really helps my peace of mind is to cling to Bible verses that speak of God’s loving plan for our lives,” she said. Verses such as:

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16 LAB).

The days of the blameless are known to the LORD…” (Psalm 37:18).

“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
(Psalm 37:23 LAB)

God is writing the book of my life and He holds the hour-glass of time. I will not die one minute before he says so, and when I do, He will welcome me to my eternal Home.”

Yes! We serve a God of hope not despair.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).

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God is Our Safety

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You are a shield around me, O LORD, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:4

We live in a world of great unrest: riots and terrorist attacks in many places, train bombings and shootings in broad daylight…How can we feel safe?

Late in his reign King David, was forced to flee for his life from Jerusalem because of a revolt led by his rebellious and arrogant son Absalom and a host of traitors. He could have trusted his army to protect him and defeat Absalom but instead He trusted God. “You are a shield around me, O LORD, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head,” he wrote.

Even at night, in the wide open desert without concrete walls around him and a comfortable bed, David was able to sleep. In the morning, he may have shaken his head in surprise as he said, “even here I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”

The fact that God was His protection was very real to King David for he often wrote about it in the Psalms. “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent men you save me. You give me your shield of victory; you stoop down to make me great.”
(2 Samuel 22: 3, 36).

Those comforting words are also for us. During times when we feel vulnerable we can say with David, “My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:10). “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge” (Psalm 144:2).

For a shield to do any good we must use it. We must dwell in the fortress (God) and take up His shield. “Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one,” Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:16.

Dear Father, we thank you that you are greater than anything that could harm us. We trust in your protection and deliverance.

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Let Thanksgiving be the Habit of your Life

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He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”
Psalm 50:23

When everything is going well, it is easy to give thanks, but what happens when things are not going well?  Is it possible to give thanks even then?

One of my patients in the Care Home where I worked taught me the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Mrs. Reimer had both of her legs amputated. After she healed, she had to learn to walk again. I would attach the crutches and help her stand. After taking a few steps, she’d flop back down on her bed and beam up at me, “Imagine me at ninety learning to walk again. Now that’s something!” I could hardly believe it! She saw humor in her situation! Instead of immersing herself in self-pity, Mrs. Reimer focused on what she could still do. She loved to crochet beautiful snowflakes that would adorn a Christmas tree. “If I make one snow flake a day I’ll have 365 to sell at the bazaar,” she said. And she did. I’ll have some of her snowflakes on my Christmas tree!

Why is thanksgiving so important? It acknowledges God in the situation.

When things go wrong the last thing we want to do is give thanks. But it’s the most beneficial. Thanksgiving prepares the way for God’s salvation to come in. He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God (Psalm 50:23)

“Give thanks in all circumstances,” Paul writes “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

God can do anything with a thankful heart, but He can do little for a complaining one. It is closed to his grace.

Dear Father, thank you that you are with me and working all things together for good.

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I Want People to See Jesus in Me

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Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3: 13-14

What do you do when Christians disappoint you? As a young Christian, I hungered for the abundant life Jesus talked about, a life of victory over sin and of fruitful work. Naturally, I looked to older, more mature Christians. “They will have found the secret to living a victorious Christian life,” I thought.

I expected that they would love one another and build each other up. Instead, I often found a judgmental spirit which led to divisions and rejections. I heard them gossiping and talking maliciously about each other. I saw them being selfish and greedy.

What a let-down! “If that’s the best Christianity can do,” I thought, “who needs it?

I put the Bible aside and went to other books for life’s answers. But no book tackled life as honestly and realistically as the Bible did. It alone spoke of a Savior who valued sinful persons enough to die for them. Could I, like Christ, look beyond a fault to the intrinsic value God puts on a person?

Look to Me, not to people,” I heard Jesus saying to me. “If you look to people, you will be disappointed. My followers are faulty just as you are faulty. All of you are in the process of growing and maturing. See to it, that nobody stumbles over your life.”

I have met many beautiful people, inside and outside the church, who’ve blessed my life. I’ve determined to see each person as Christ sees them.

Dear God, forgive me when I disappoint You and cause others to stumble. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that people will see Jesus in me.  Amen.

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God’s Holding Patterns

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Romans 8:28  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, put painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

When our old farm house was being renovated ceilings, walls, and floors were ripped out to make room for new ones. Dust and debris lay everywhere. We bumped our legs on scaffolding in the living room and stepped over cans of paint in the kitchen. The bathroom was out of commission as the water had been shut off. Trying to cook meals and carry on a normal family routine was a challenge.

As the days crawled by and I saw little progress, I began to complain.

This stage is no fun,” the contractor agreed. “Later when you see the finished product, though, you’ll be glad you persevered.

For peace of mind, there was only one thing to do: trust the contractor that he knew what he was doing and that the end result would make up for the temporary inconveniences.

When God wants to do something new in our lives, it is often preceded by major renovations.

Take for instance, Joni Eareckson Tada’s life. During a diving accident at seventeen, this vibrant athletic girl broke her neck and became a quadriplegic. Joni’s promising life lay in shambles. She was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. At first she couldn’t see how any good could come out of all this suffering. But God had a plan far greater than she could imagine.

For the past 34 years, Joni has headed up an organization called ‘Joni and Friends‘ which ministers to people affected by disabilities and supplies wheelchairs to thousands around the world. She has written several bestsellers, paints beautifully by holding a brush in her mouth, and is in demand as an international speaker. She says, “God is big enough to understand suffering, wise enough to allow it, and powerful enough to use it for greater good than any of us can imagine.”

Renovations are messy. Holding patterns are not fun. It’s the end result that makes it all worthwhile.

Have things turned upside down in your life? Let Paul’s words encourage you: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Thank you Father that the plans you have for us are plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.

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God is Good—All the Time

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Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

How do we know that God is good when our lives feel bad?

We’ve been conditioned to think of God  as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. We have learned to equate the goodness of God with the rightness of our circumstances.

We are like the little girl who, when she got what she wanted, exclaimed, “God must really like me!” Or conversely, when things were not going her way, she pouted, “Why is God punishing me like this?”

King David did not make this mistake. He knew that God’s goodness is based on His character traits of mercy and love which never change. David knew about adversities. Maligned by friends and family, hunted by King Saul, hiding in caves and fearing for his life, David poured out his anguish to God. Then he made an astonishing declaration: “Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old…according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD” (Psalm 25:6-8).

Our circumstances are not an accurate reflection of God’s goodness. Whether life is good or bad, God’s goodness, rooted in his character, is always the same. Knowing this, David could sing of the goodness of God, whether he was peacefully tending his sheep or fearfully running from his enemies. “All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful,” he writes (Psalm 25:10). “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).

God’s goodness is the same on bad days as it is on good days.

People who attest to God’s goodness in their lives do not experience an absence of trouble but rather have a keen awareness of God’s presence in every situation.

Father, I thank you that You are always good and what You do is good also.

By Helen Lescheid
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A Sense of Wonder

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Phil.4:12 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…”

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” Philippians 4:11,12

Mom, you find pleasure in the smallest things,” my daughter laughed.

I had just described to her my joy at finding a spider web suspended outside my kitchen window. Raindrops caught in the web shone like beads of crystal in the early morning sunlight. What could be more beautiful?

A sense of wonder at the small things! How we need that today in our world of noise, speed, and consumerism. It’s easy to be sucked into the world’s way and to miss the many little blessings God scatters into each day for us.

Two things that steal my sense of wonder:

Comparing myself with others who seem to have more of what I want–more book sales, more success in ministry…

A feeling of entitlement–I deserve more than I’m getting. After all, I have worked very hard and given so much.

Paul could have gone that route. He had worked day and night to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. He had sacrificed everything: home, family, career, comfort, even a wage. Yet, he was in prison while others were free to preach.

What was his response? “I have learned the secret of being content.

What was his secret? I think I know: Develop a keen sense of wonder at all that God is doing for you and through you. All the little miracles he is scattering into each day for you. Like a spider web outside the kitchen window.

Today, I encourage you to write down the little blessings that add to the pleasure of your day. See if you can come up with ten. Then share some of them with the rest of us.

Father, I thank you for the surprising ways in which you come to us. Today I want to be alert to the small blessings you’ve planted along my pathway.

by Helen Grace Lescheid

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