Looking for Greater is the theme for our organization’s annual convention and for our church. Facing obstacles and challenges amid everyday life and major assignment there is need for hope. Psalm 33:4 states, “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteous. Our greater is wrapped in the truth of God’s word and work. Our obstacles and challenges can withstand the power and majesty of God. The word of the Lord carries truth, power, security, love, and his promises. Whatever you are facing, hold on to the word of the Lord.
We’ve been studying Genesis for the past several weeks. Each time I read the accounts of Adam and Eve, Noah and Abraham I see God’s hand miraculously working. I see the promises, the covenants, and the fulfillment of those promises, and it gives me hope, even when I’m feeling hopeless. So, despite a world fraught with tragedy, natural disasters, economic upheavals, constant concerns, you and I can exercise faith in God when all seems to be against us. The Bible constantly reminds us that God uses difficult circumstances to show Himself faithful. Abraham and Sarah are listed in Hebrews Chapter 11 as members of the elite group of faith believers who trusted in the word of the Lord. Theirs is one of the “trust standards” for us to learn from and to follow. Just as He promised Abraham and Sarah that they would conceived the “child of promise” in their old age, God is able to do all things according to His divine plan. He knows the thoughts He has towards us, thoughts of good and not evil, to bring us to an expected end. (Jeremiah 29-11-13 paraphrased). He promised Noah he would never again destroy the earth with a flood. He promised Abraham land, nations, a promised child, and blessings. He promised us a Savior. Although, today you and I might be struggling with the cares of this world, God is not. He knows us, and the plans He has for us. He is the Lord our shepherd, and He makes us to lie down in green pastures; besides the still waters, and He will restore our souls. Is there anything too hard for God? God asked Sarah this question when she laughed at the thought of her situation. Has your situation blinded you to the omnipotent, omnipresence, omniscience of God?
Don’t despair. Don’t doubt even for a moment. There is nothing in heaven or on this earth that is too hard for our God. Today, my brothers and sisters trust in the faithfulness of God.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
A Devotional by C.H. Spurgeon
“So walk ye in him.” Colossians 2:6
If we have received Christ himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with him by a walk of faith in him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, “He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.” Walking signifies progress. “So walk ye in him;” proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved.
Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the day: but this is poor living; we should always be with him, treading in his steps and doing his will.
Walking implies habit. When we speak of a man’s walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant tenor of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ, and then forget him; sometimes call him ours, and anon lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in him. We must keep to him, cling to him, never let him go, but live and have our being in him. “As ye have received Chrsit Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him;” persevere in the same way in which ye have begun, and, as at the first Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let him be the same till life’s end; the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and enter into the joy and the rest which remains for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept. Amen.
“Seek the Lord, and find rest. Do what is good, and right in the sight of the Lord, and prosper. Remove and break the idols, the things binding you and become mighty. Trust in the lord, and prevail against an army.”
Though you may feel weak, and feeble, you possess the power of the universe. One touch from the Master’s hand, and the weak become strong, the poor become rich, the oppressed are made free. Trust in His mighty power. Trust and believe that all things are possible to those who believe. Trust that your problems are solved. Trust that He will take care of you.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised);… Hebrews 10:23 God is not a man. God can never lie. He is faithful and just, and His word is true. Trust in the light and love of Christ. Trust in Him who never fails. Trust the Lord of lords, and the King of kings today.
Good morning God. I awoke with you on my mind and in my heart-quietly and softly. Although, I sensed the pull of my “things to do list”, the urgency to dive in and get going on all those tasks and assignments was tugging, and shouting at me to come and give them attention. But an old hymn came to mind, and as moved from urgency to submission, I turned my focus to You, and the song “Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus” floated ever so softly into the clouded corners of my spirit. The words of calm, peace and trust resonated with my soul, and I looked away from tasks to YOU. It is so sweet to trust in You, and take your promises to be true. All is well with my soul and spirit because You have said it, and so it will be.
Yesterday, I spoke with one of your servants who was allowing things to to blind him to the truth of your word. I urged him to return to you. You are creator God, who shaped and molded us from the dust and clay. And only you can handle all that is before us.
I read in Jeremiah 18:2-4 [b] “But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands;so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” You shaped and are continuing to shape me despite my impurities, my sins, my mistakes. You are shaping in a way that is best for me, and for others. R.C. Sproul once said, “The Spirit brings order out of chaos and beauty out of ugliness. He [the Holy Spirit] can transform a sin-blistered man into a paragon of virtue. The Spirit changes people. The Author of life is also the Transformer of life.” You’ve taken all the tests, challenges, trials of my life in your Master Potter’s hands and remade me. The process has at times, I admit been truly painful, but I’m resting in you, and in your word.
Lord, thank you for reminding me of the sweetness of you, and the peace that passes all understanding when I rest in you.
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,