We don’t know why we often seem to be in a
holding pattern but we can be assured
that during the process, God is working
out His purpose in the midst of it all. In the end,
whatever He designed for that appointed
time, place, etc will take its rightful place in the
grand scheme of things.
Troubles won’t last always. There will come a
shift of seasons. The wintry blows that may tear
at the heart of life will eventually give way to
the blossoming of something new and better on
the horizon. The holding pattern will break and
the days of crying will give way to rejoicing.
The times of mourning must move that we
may dance. Some seasons may be harder than
others to endure, but trust God’s perfect timing
through it all and don’t give up (Gal. 6:9).
Father God, Sometimes in this life we just don’t understand everything that’s going on around us. We have ups and we have downs, but through it all, You remain the same. Thank You for being our source this day and every day. Thank You for holding our hand through the turbulent tides we face. Thank You that You have continually kept Your promise to never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Thank You for bringing us through.
Father God, our hearts are opened before You. Nothing is hid from You. We take great comfort in that because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You know us better than we know ourselves. You are our Lord. You are our King. You are sovereign in all Your majesty and power. You are our leaning force, our shelter to run and hide in the time of the storm. You are He who loves us beyond measure in spite of our faults and shortcomings.
Father God, we love You so much. You are the One who deserves all the glory and honor. Without You we are nothing and apart from You we can do nothing. Our life is in Your blessed and mighty hands. We are praying for Your help throughout this day. Help with life, help with the decisions and choices that we make, help in every situation and circumstance we may face.
Father God, we are asking You to bless our homes, bless our families, and please remember the unsaved members of our families. We are praying for hearts to be opened to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. We are praying for hearts and minds to be sensitive to Your holy call. Thank You for the grace and mercy that You have bestowed upon each one of us this day and every day. Thank You for another day that You have kept us.
Father God, it’s to You we pray and it’s in Your hands we commit every one of these prayers. You are our trust and our stay. You are our comfort through this day. You are our peace even when we don’t know what to do. You are where we lay each burden down and know and believe that You are just, faithful, and true. You are the God of all righteousness, and to You be the glory forever and ever. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray, AMEN!
Do you ever feel like life is a series of “Duck, Duck, Goose” games? There you sit in your circle, surrounded by other people. Then, the opportunity comes. The one who can tag you as the next one that can rise from the circle begins to make their turn around the circle. They look at each one sitting and try to take in the possibility of who gets to be the privileged one; who gets to be “goose.”
All eyes and ears are opened to that one. They watch. They listen. They wait in anticipation to see if the chance and opportunity to rise and run falls on them. As the game proceeds, the favor of that one doesn’t fall on you and you are left to sit in the circle once more.
Times of sitting and waiting are rarely fun unless you see the possible potential that can flow from that down time. Often, many people, in many circles, of life are overlooked and passed by without a second glance. And, while it seems the favor of man has continually ignored and/or snubbed you, in your down time there is One who sees.
It’s so easy in life to get caught up and focused on the human to human point of contact and favor. While a better use of our time, down or not, should be focused on our human to God contact, and the potential of growing more in Him.
While David was a young man in his circle, he was overlooked not only by his brothers, but his father too. When the prophet Samuel came to pay a call to anoint the next one to rise out of the circle, the next one to be king, David wasn’t even thought of when all the sons of the house lined up according to the potential that human eyes could see.
But, in his down time, there was oodles of potential growing and producing a God-fearing, dedicated life beyond the eyes of what man can see. In my opinion, it is possible that even David himself didn’t see everything in him like God saw it, for he didn’t force himself to be seen by others and noticed. It was not until Samuel exhausted all possibilities before him did he bother to ask was there another option. Was there someone else who should be considered for this great honor?
He heard the whisper of God speak, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart,” (1 Samuel 16:7), and as all the possibilities passed before him, he found out the Lord didn’t choose any one of them, even when man thought and believed they were the logical choice.
No, but in his overlooked season, a heart was developing in David that caught God’s attention when others neglected see the power of potential growing in him. A heart that loved God from the inside out. A heart that was sensitive to the leading and moving of God. A heart that had faith in God that would allow him to stand before a literal giant and make him fall. A heart in David was growing and maturing for God alone. This is what piqued God’s interest in him. Not the outward stuff that others could see and overlook him for. But God was excited and drawn to those things on the inside that only He could see.
Height. Stature. Good looks. Outward talent and so forth will all fade and deteriorate over time. But a heart that is truly after God will last and endure.
What we need to remember and take away from this story is that God sees it all. Although it is not right, many will continue to judge by only what they see on the exterior of all you have to offer. But God sees all the possibilities within. And, although many may overlook you, God has not.
Don’t sit in your circle idly waiting for others approval. Rather, wait on God, and live for Him. Once again, David didn’t seek their attention. He was outside with the sheep doing the work he was assigned to do at that time (1 Samuel 16:11) when he was called to be anointed the next king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:12-13).
Wherever you are in life, keep your focus on God. Live a life that is pleasing to Him from the inside out. Worry less about what others think and rest your hope in what God alone sees and knows all about you. This is not a game to Him, and He will never overlook you!
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Everything that we could ever need can be found in our relationship with God. The inheritance is in the relationship we have with You through our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are found in Him, He shall be found with us.
Father God, Help us to realize the awesomeness and the severity of the promises Your power of relationship holds in our lives. For those of us in You, remind us that You alone are the Sovereign end of all. You stand as the only true God in whom we can always trust and everything we need can be found in You. For those who don’t know You yet, Father God, we are praying for shackles to be loosed in their lives. We are praying for scales to fall from eyes that they might see You, and all of Your glory. That they might know that if they want a future of life eternal, they must come to You through Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, to secure that relationship. Help us all to keep our feet firmly planted in the promises, in the love, and in the relationship that You so willingly offer to those who seek You with their whole heart, mind, and soul. In Jesus’ mighty name, AMEN!
GOD CAN turn any situation around and get the glory out of our lives. “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
Father God, thank You that You are mindful of us this day and every day. Thank You that Your hand of mercy has raised us up this day and the power of Your Holy Spirit is walking with us through this day. Thank You for Your daily love, compassion, and faithfulness that is at work in our lives. Thank You for just being the great and glorious God that You are. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN!
There is always something about the stories where the underdog comes out on top, where the least of all becomes the greatest that sends chills of inspiration up the spine.
The story of David and Goliath has long evoked a sense awe at the victory won and the hope of possibility in the soul still in the fight facing his/her own giants. The fact of the matter is that many things in this life which we face day to day can at times seem too much to bear. Our worries don’t necessarily have to be against the biggest guy around. Just the struggle of making it one more day, another try at giving it your best shot, can make it really hard for some people.
That’s why this article is not going to focus on the beast Goliath was or how David brought him down with just a stone and slingshot.
Nope. I want us to focus on the confidence that David had in God.
To me, it doesn’t matter if what you face is big or small. Sometimes the hardest stuff is the routine, small stuff that gets on your nerves every single day and makes you want to throw in the towel and quit.
Yes, David did the impossible in the name of the Lord. But, what I have found out in my own life is when we evoke that same confidence in God in every area of our lives, big or small, God tends to step in and work it out for us. And, you know it was Him because that very area in life that used to be a source of hardship and frustration now becomes a place of peace and productivity.
David, before confronting Goliath, declared, “The LORD delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine,” (1 Samuel 17:37, NKJV. emphasis mine). I want us to focus on “He will” of that statement. David expressed in those two little words the amount of confidence he had in the God he served.
Confidence in God the key no matter what. Many of times we misplace our confidences in the things and the people we see around us, allowing them to become our focus and control, when God should be at the forefront of the battle with us. Over and over again we are told in His Word, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man,” (Psalm 118:8, NKJV); yet, man seems to always get more of our attention and we wonder why we falter in the battle and don’t end up standing as victor over the giants and circumstances we face.
We have to rely more on God than anything else in this world. He truly is the only one who can get in there and fight with us and for us and bring us to a victorious end on the other side.
Below are some reminders to trust God and have confidence in Him no matter the size of anything we face. Knowing this will improve our day to day struggles in life and turn them into day to day victories.
- “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
- “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” – Isaiah 26:4
- “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” – Psalm 37:3
- “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17
- “Never be afraid to trust in unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
- “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” – Martin Luther
- “So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Spirit we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children.” – Oswald Chambers
“THAT’S IT, I HAD IT!!!” We have all had those moments in life. Don’t lose your cool, lose your problems instead. Jesus invites us to “CAST” everything on Him because He “CARES” for us! Take that encouragement with you as you go through this day. Make it up in your mind that whatever irks you, gets under your skins or makes you want to wash your hands of it all, give it to Jesus and let Him help you with this day!!!
Father God, thank you for Your Sovereign hand at work in my life today. Thank You that you are willing to be my burden bearer and my heavy load sharer. Thank You that you are concerned enough about me to lend me Your ear to hear my prayer requests that come up before You. You are an awesome and amazing God. Time and time again You work to pull me through. I am ever so grateful for every drop of Your love, Your peace and Your anointing in my life. Apart from You, I can do nothing and without You I am nothing. Into Your hands, I commit every prayer request. In the name of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, I pray – AMEN!!!
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