When our first child was eight months old, she woke up one morning unable to lift her head, her neck would not support it. Tammy had been perfectly fine when we put her to bed the previous night. As first time parents, we were very frightened. But God stepped in with a miracle.
God is in charge of the outward circumstances of our lives. They are his gift to us. What we do with them is our gift to God.
Those who stand the test of their trials will have joy here and hereafter. In this life they will have the joy of being tried and true.
The review of the old year may hold many regrets, and the challenge of setting goals for a new year can be distressing. Sometimes I feel like I’m “all stressed up with no place to go.” We all get stressed out from time to time. But help is available!
The writer of this passage understands how easily we like to take credit for the good things in life that come our way, and complain about the bad. Since our track record for deceiving ourselves about these things is consistently abysmal; he wants to remind us that God is utterly in control.
David was a daily optimist, despite his failures and he moved into the opportunities God provided because of his confidence that he was never alone. Keeping his eyes on God let him focus on the best of today.
I waited interminably for it to become dark and then started to walk quietly toward the barn. If he was still out here in the dark I could have a real problem. All the way, I kept praying for direction from the Lord to guide and protect me.
Heaven does not know you as the fellow with the nice suit or the woman with the big house or the kid with the new bike. Heaven knows your heart.
God gives you the ups to encourage you and the downs to teach you. They are his training ground for eternity.
True thanksgiving is a response to something that is given; but is neither earned nor deserved. That sounds suspiciously like the definition of grace.