All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16) Isn’t it comforting to know that God knew each one of us long before we were ever born? Every single day of our lives was written in His book before we ever lived them. It is a cause of rest to my heart to know that He has designed the details of my life. We can quit worrying and begin to rejoice that we are not in charge but He is. He has ordained great and grand purposes for us and through the power of His Spirit, enables us to fulfill them. He is the beginning and He is the end and everything in between. So, just give it all to Jesus. He is well capable of handling your life.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8
What are you worried about? God knows about it, your sleepless nights, your sighing, your tears. He has kept it in a bottle and it’s before Him. He doesn’t let your tears fall to the ground. They’re too precious to Him. He knows how to bring you out at the right time. Keep on trusting Him to act in your situation. He can be trusted and you can place your hope in Him!
PRAYER: Lord, I know my tears are not hidden from You, help me not to allow discouragement to undermine my confidence in You. Instead, I will live with an expectation that You will act on my behalf. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Psalm 86:7 In the day of my distress I will call on You, for You will answer me.
We have a God who answers us when we call on Him. Our God is alive and every cry proceeding out of our mouth reaches His ear. Throughout the ages, men and women who needed His help like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Hannah, David, Peter, Paul, called on this same God. He answered each one of them. There is no verse in the Bible which says, “God did not answer them” or “God did not help His people.” Right here, right now, you can call on the Lord, the Eternal God. He is able to do much more than you could even ask or think, so call on Him!
Any time we face a disappointment in life or go through a loss, we have to remember there’s another chapter in front of us. We can’t stop on that page, we have to keep moving forward. Instead of focusing on what didn’t work out, wondering why we went through a marriage that didn’t last, or why we didn’t get that position we worked so hard for, focus on the future.
The Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Let go of the past and press forward because your story ends in victory, and God will restore everything that has been stolen from you!
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 Regardless of his circumstances, Habakkuk had learned to be joyful in His Saviour and clings to his God for strength. In the midst of things that seem to be going wrong in our lives, may we like Habakkuk, stop right now and choose to praise Him simply for who He is.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.—Isaiah 41:10
God exhorts His children—not to be afraid. At times, the spiritual warfare we face is so intense we feel it is too heavy to bear. The enemy comes with all his arsenal and tries to bring us down to the point of being dismayed. It is at these times we must remember the word, “When you go out to war, and see horses and chariots, and a people more than you, be not afraid, for the Lord your God is with you.” Deuteronomy 20:1. Psalm 89:13 assures us, “You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand.” His hand is strong to protect us and give us victory. No matter what opposition we face, the right hand of God is able!
When King Hezekiah became deathly ill, he turned to the Lord and wept bitterly. The Lord heard his cry and sent a word through prophet Isaiah. ‘This is what the LORD says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5
There is an aspect of our lives that God sees- the tears we have cried. Perhaps you’ve been shedding tears of grief, hopelessness and despondency. But the Lord will come, in His own gentle way, to lift you up and restore you. Weeping may last for the night, but He brings joy in the morning.
PRAYER: Lord, You know the tears I have cried and the burdens I have carried. I know that You will come and bring healing and restoration to every area over which I have been so concerned. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have you made a mess of your life? Do you wish you could start over again? If that’s the way you feel, I have good news for you: God wants to make your life over anew, and He can do it today if you’ll let Him.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” says the LORD. Jeremiah 18:6, God can take you right now where you are and make out of your life another vessel. God can mend a broken life if you give Him all the pieces. Just turn it over to Him and say, “Here it is, Lord.” God wants to give you a second chance. If there is something that the Lord is asking you to do, do it. Don’t be stubborn. The Lord, longs to be gracious to you. Surrender every area of your life to Him and see Him work wonders on your behalf.
When you have truly come to the place where you feel tired of waiting on God, hearing words like “Your time will come” does little to help. You don’t quite want to hear how someone else waited for 20 or 30 years before their blessing came. Especially when you need God to move now and it seems like He is doing nothing. You get tired of crying, you get tired of praying and waiting on God. I believe this is how the psalmist felt in Psalm 43:1 when he cried out: “God, where are You when the wicked surround me?” He did not know how or when God would deliver him. He was depressed. He was tired. In spite of all of this he said “I will still hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God. God is faithful, He has helped every single person in the Bible, He will help you too.
Mark 10:48 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
In the midst of the bustling crowds and the noisy activity and with Bartimaeus shouting louder and louder, JESUS STOPS! Jesus did not overlook his callings. Jesus will stop for you too. He is not too busy to stop when you call upon Him. Jesus’ willingness to stop all the activity to deal with this blind beggar should be an encouragement to all of us. Jesus does not just stop, but He goes further and He ‘calls him to Himself and heals him! Perhaps, you are distressed today; call upon Him. He will come to you and will deliver you.