The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His child.“ Hebrews 12:6
This means when He disciplines us, He’s treating us as His children, and expressing His love for us. His divine purpose is always for our highest good, in keeping with the plans He has for us. Our Father’s nature is loving, compassionate and generous. As the perfect Father, He couldn’t bring any discipline into our lives that wouldn’t be for our ultimate benefit. These times can be hard, sometimes overwhelming. We may even feel abandoned and despondent. Child of God, do not despise the Lord’s discipline. His hand of love is leading you to a place of closeness to Him. He is refining you, burning off the dross in you, so He could see more of His Son in you.
“The effective, fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.” It can accomplish great things. It can open doors. It can lead to real change and even miracles! How do we experience this life-changing prayer? The Bible tells us that this prayer must be “effective” and “fervent.”
Elijah had a “nature like ours.” He was human and made mistakes like us. Yet, when he “prayed earnestly,” great things happened. Pray, believing that God can do anything, that nothing is too hard for Him, knowing that all things are possible for those who have faith.
Very often I am asked, “What about all the good people in this world, will they go hell if they don’t accept Jesus?” The Bible clearly states: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So then, who can go to heaven? Only perfect people can. The Bible says only the blood of Jesus makes us perfect. “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 Yes, our goodness and all our righteous acts are not going to take us to heaven. We need a Saviour, and He is Christ Jesus our Lord.
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:10
God’s promises tell us what He will do, but not when He will do it. Very often we lose patience and do things our way, like Abraham we may be pressurized into taking shortcuts, or like Moses we may take matters into our own hands. Our actions have consequences. Joseph, on the other hand, waited patiently and saw God’s promise fulfilled in His life. Though the testing was severe the reward was astounding.
Wait patiently; you will see God’s promises coming to fruition. Don’t rush, God will make all things beautiful in its time.
If only our spiritual eyes could be open to see the One who is with us always! We would never worry even for a moment. It’s only because we lose sight of His promise that we start focusing on the pressing issues around us. He promised us that He would be with us even to the end of age (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, we don’t have to face a single situation by ourselves. He is better that ten Presidents. His influence is greater than any king. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He can do for you what no one in the world can do- more than you ask or think. Rest child of God, Jesus has got this.
Jesus sees us just the way we are. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our deepest fears. And yet He loves us! What a loving Saviour! What a message of hope to a lost and ever-changing world!
When you start to feel overwhelmed by the changes around you, take heart in the promise that Jesus remains the same through the ages, and that His love for you is everlasting.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are our firm foundation, our Rock, and our Fortress. Thank you that you never change! You are our Saviour, our Lord, and our Friend. Amen.
God is sheer mercy and grace; slow to anger, He’s rich in love. Psalm 103-8
The phrase that touches me the most is “slow to anger.” I’ve got to say that I am not always slow to anger.
I think that so often we assume that God reacts the same way we do. When we sin and fail God, we are afraid that He will be furious. While I do believe that God’s heart breaks when we sin, I also know that He is merciful. If He says that He is slow to anger, He means it.
Father, Thank you that You do not react the way that I do. Thank You for Your abundant mercy, grace and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Jeremiah 17:7-8 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD whose confidence (Hope) is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Prayer: Dear Lord, even as I go through this period of drought, let my eyes be ever upon You. Let the circumstances I am in not overwhelm me that I will lose sight of Your greatness and loving kindness. Remove fear far from me. Help me to bear fruit as I lean on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Read Amos 4
When I read this passage, I get the sense that God is willing to go to great lengths to win His people’s hearts and get them to turn to Him. There is a real sense of desperation. Five times He says, “Yet you have not returned to Me.”
In Amos 4, You see God disciplining His people in various ways- through starvation, drought, plague etc…why? Because He wanted His children to return to Him and be safe under His care. He knew, away from Him, they would be in danger. They’d fall into idolatry or run after financial gain, terrible snares, which would destroy them.
Has God been trying to get your attention in some way? He wants you to come to Him, He longs to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. Would you respond to Him today?