Life Can be bitter sweet, but as we go through the storms of life, God wants us to look at Him and know that He WILL pull us through...
"Oh That I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at Rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness" (Psalm 55:6-7)
"Who have I in heaven but you? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Psalm 73:25-26).
Recently, I started re-reading the book of Matthew...
I've read it so many times before that even though I love reading about Jesus, it's become a little old hat...So I asked God to show me something new. In the first two chapters, I discovered that the story is full of things that would never have happened if God hadn't (1) Loved us and (2) Wanted to be part of our lives.
This week when you read the Bible, ask God to show you something new...you might be surprised...
Favorite Verse this Week:
Jeremiah 9: 23-24
Thus says the Lord, 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the the earth. For in these I delight,' says the Lord.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).
Nehemiah 8:10..."For the joy of the Lord is your strength"
There's an old saying: "When things are going too well...look out!" Pessimism is revered and encouraged in our society, but God wants us to have joy in life, to live abundantly, and to be happy. Life is hard...sometimes its a struggle just to survive every day...There's also a saying that goes along with that: "Only the strong survive" Here's the thing: In the Bible, strength means having joy in Christ because you know He'll be with you no matter what...Think David and Goliath...Paul and Silas singing in Prison...Their lives weren't easy. They were hard and dangerous...it was the joy that comes from trusting in the Lord that gave them the strength to make it though every day!