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The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
Sometimes I wonder after a long period of illness if God was punishing me for something I had unknowingly done wrong. But other times, I think that maybe I did nothing wrong, and the hardships I experienced were ways of teaching me wisdom and appreciation for good health, a good job, and a supportive family.
The Lord delights in us. He wants to see us happy and successful. He wants us to live a righteous life according to His purpose. We sometimes don’t understand why bad things happen, but we can have faith that one day He will reveal everything to us. Amen.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him. – Psalms 33:1 NIV
In the early morning, it is quiet, but still enough to hear God’s voice without the regular distractions of our day. The TV is not on. The cell phones are still in airplane mode or off. We can open our Bibles, read our devotionals, and connect with our Savior.
He can guide every aspect of our lives: our health, our finances, and our happiness.
Beauty comes not just from outer appearances, but from loving the Lord and leading a righteous life, because we seek Him first. All the rest will follow. We don’t need to make elaborate plans and vision statements, because the Lord already has a vision for us. Amen.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalms 46:10 KJV
When we have been on the move, we welcome stillness. When we have so much to do, we sometimes forget that instead of feeling overwhelmed, we can pause, acknowledge our God, who is exalted, and take a breath.
Stopping to breathe connects us with our life force and our Heavenly Father. He is the reason we are alive, and all good things come from Him.
He can guide our choices and decisions. He knows the big picture as well as the long-term plan. He always knows what is best for us.
The Lord can provide for all our needs. Amen.
But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” – Psalm 31:14 NKJV
Trusting in God means letting go of the “what ifs.” We don’t have to know every detail of God’s plan for us, because when we trust Him, we know that He has already taken care of all the details.
Jesus is our God, on a personal level. He knows us well. He guides us and counsels us. He leads us to change in ways that we would not be able to on our own. He brings about changes in our lives that teach us, challenge us, and help us to grow in wisdom.
When we think about our problems, we can remember how great our God is and that He is greater than our problems. He has all the answers. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have been made new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
When we embrace the new things that God brings into our lives, we start to change for the better.
Part of us wants everything to stay the same, but God is the ultimate Creator, and He knows what He is doing when He invites us to change.
We can trust that no matter how drastic the changes are, we will be grateful for the good things that God brings into our lives.
We don’t have to be afraid of the old things passing away. The new things will more than make up for what we were used to before. Amen.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. – Psalm 8:3-5 NIV
We are precious in God’s sight. When we look up and behold the beauty of the heavens, we can remember how beautifully our Lord made us. He is mindful of us. He gives us glory and honor when we follow Him. He makes our paths clear.
We can be thankful for every part of ourselves–for He has made us who we are. He inspires and teaches us. He disciplines us like a kind parent would when we need to rethink how we do things. He leads us along the path that we were meant to follow. Amen.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 KJV
We search for answers. We often want to know what is going to happen to us next, yet we have little control of the future sometimes. God is in control. We can trust Him with all our plans.
When we seek the Lord in prayer, He reassures us. He strengthens us. He tells us not to be afraid. He is with us at all times. We are never alone because He is always watching over us. We are not isolated, because He is with us.
Our Lord knows that we are prone to worry, yet He gives us opportunities to see His face and praise His name. He knows our hearts.
Each day He provides us with tiny miracles. God gives us many gifts and abilities. We can focus on being thankful for what we have instead of worrying about what we do not have. He always provides for us. Our Heavenly Father gives good gifts to His children, and He never forgets about us! Amen.
“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 you.” – Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV
The Lord has good plans for our lives. He wants us to have a future. He wants us to prosper. He wants to hear our prayers. He does listen.
Things weren’t always going well for God’s people. When they didn’t honor their covenant with the Lord, they were carried off as captives to Babylon. But the Lord didn’t stay angry with them forever. He promised to bring them back.
His love for us transcends that of any parent on Earth. We are lucky to have a gracious and forgiving Heavenly Father.
When things don’t seem to be going well for us, whether it is financially, spiritually, or physically, we know we can always return to our God, and He will listen to us. Amen.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV
God’s plans pan out. When He says something–commands it–it happens.
Our thoughts and plans don’t always match God’s purpose for us, and if we trust Him, He will redirect us back so that we align with the divine purpose He has for us.
The process of relinquishing control of our plans to God is sometimes frustrating. His timing is not our timing. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He can make decisions clearly and confidently. We can trust Him to lead us. Amen.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV
I sometimes wonder if God gets tired of hearing about my troubles. I don’t mean to complain, but at times, I ask Him for a lot.
It’s a good thing that our God is patient, and He is capable of solving all our problems. Nothing is impossible for God. No challenge is too difficult for Him. We can trust that He has all the answers.
When we entrust Him with our time, money, and plans, we know that we have invested wisely. God never lets us down. He does, from time to time, show us what we really should want, because it is better than what we had imagined. He can see the big picture. Our God loves us and saved us. Amen.