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Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8 NIV
There is something extraordinary about the way God can speak matter into being. God is a greater artist than Michaelangelo.
We have a limited understanding of space and time, as well as how something can be created out of nothing. God has secrets!
We owe our lives to God. He does not have to put up with all our day-to-day questions and mistakes, but He has more patience than anything in the world.
We can learn and thing or two from His patience. Amen.
…According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: – Ephesians 1:4 KJV
God put a lot of thought into choosing us to receive His eternal inheritance.
Time is a different experience for God than it is for us, because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He knows what will happen even before we are born, and even before He created the world.
God’s choices are not rushed by deadlines or expirations. He chose us, and His choice counts.
We may not know a lot about what God was thinking before He created the foundation of the world, but we know one thing for sure: anyone who is saved by grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ can have hope for a future in Heaven without sin, death, or sorrow.
God is love, and the love we experience today is only an inkling of what God can give. Amen.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23 KJV
Our hearts reveal a lot about us, both spiritually and physically. When we are not in good health or when we eat too much fast food, our physical health suffers. When we neglect our loved ones because we work too much, our spiritually leads us to pay more attention to the things that count.
There will always be issues in this life, but God helps us solve them all. He is preparing a better place for us in Heaven. Amen.
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” – Revelation 5:13 NIV
There will come a time when every being on earth will praise the Lord, Jesus Christ. Regardless of our religious affiliation or our cultural upbringing, the universe and everything in it will honor the Lamb on that glorious day.
Sometimes it may feel like that day will not be within our lifetimes, because noone knows the day or the hour of Jesus’s Second Coming, except for our Heavenly Father. Some people say that day will be soon, but instead of spending time trying to predict when the Second Coming will happen, we can focus on spreading the good news of salvation through Jesus. Instead of hiding our light, we can let our light and love of Jesus shine through to everyone who knows us. Amen.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. – Psalms 33:6 NIV
Whenever we find ourselves caught up in our thoughts, it helps to look at the sky.
The Lord created the heavens. He paints a masterpiece in the clouds at sunset and sunrise, and gives us whimsical patterns in the clouds. He has a sense of humor!
Gazing at the stars at night can remind us how small the earth is in the grand scheme of the universe. Our problems are small. There is no need to make them bigger. We can address them and move on. Sometimes all we have to do is look up. Amen.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. – Psalms 25:6 NIV
The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We don’t have to worry about His mercy or love running out. He never gets burned out. He loves us deeply.
What a beautiful thing it is to have a kind Heavenly Father! Each day we need His mercy just as much as we need to show mercy towards ourselves when we face challenges. Amen.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10 NIV
Sometimes we have to go through iterations to get things right. Making corrections shouldn’t shake us up. We just make the corrections, learn from them, and move on.
Letting things go and giving them to God is a challenge, but we will feel so much more peaceful when we do. Amen.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. – 1 John 4:15 NIV
We sometimes get caught up in the differences between one Christian demonization and another, but God is love, and if we love others, we are of Christ.
God lives inside of us, which means that the Holy Spirit can guide us and give us counsel if we ask. God-given talents that we may have help us to spread the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ to others. We can be joyful when we share our live for Jesus with others.
Sometimes we feel sad, but that emotion passes, and when we take time to reconnect with God’s Word each day, His peace can shield us from giving into worries throughout our days. Each day is a new beginning. Amen.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalms 18:2 NIV
We need the Lord as our fortress to block out the annoyances of the world. When we let ourselves get frustrated by other people’s actions, we step outside of the fortress and forget that the Lord can shield us from such miseries.
We become resentful when we become vulnerable to attack or criticism, and often during those moments of frustration, we forget how powerful our God is to help us let go of the things that don’t matter.
He can refocus our thoughts on His will for us. He teaches us during the midst of our frustrations, and we come out of them slightly wiser if we are willing to surrender our burdens to Jesus. He saved us for a reason, and everything we experience He knows before it happens. He knows how we will react before we even begin to reply. He will give us the right words to say the next time if we pause and ask Him to inspire our communications. Amen.
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. – Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV
Sometimes we wait for perfect conditions to act, but we can trust in the Lord to show us where we should move and what we should do.
Nobody is perfect but God. He answers our prayers with perfect timing, not when we demand an answer. He knows exactly what we need to hear and when. Amen.