If you are longing for a turn-around, God is all the hope you need.
We don’t always understand why we have to hurt the way we do. We don’t always know the reason behind suffering, anguish and pain. But, Father, one thing we do know is You are sovereign. Every tear that we cry and every sorrow that pierces our heart, You know all about it. We struggle with the if’s, and’s and but’s, but You are He who knows the beginning from the end and the right now’s of this life. Even when we don’t fully comprehend it all, let us find our trust and our peace in You.
Please touch and bless the bereaved families everywhere on today. Comfort the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Cast off yokes of heaviness and let the hurting feel Your presence in the midst of the pain. Cover and protect Your people, O God, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!
“And you who seek God, your hearts shall live,” Psalm 69:32
How many go through their day complacent in the status quo? No passion for life. No zeal for better. Just run the ordinary course of the ordinary life jogger, following the crowd, content with a heart that’s just beating but not alive.
A heart that is alive thrills at the unknown. A heart that is alive craves to pump its life source throughout every crevice of its being. Those who seek for God are not content with just the rhythmic beat of every other man. Their heart wants to thump against the chest wall to express the life that lives in it through Him.
When one seeks God it stirs up something on the inside of them. It stirs a wanting of more. Kind of like a first love. You seek to be near that person or to simply hear their voice. When contact is made it makes the heart beat a little faster and you feel alive! God promises those that look for Him with that same passion your hearts shall live. Your heart will tell a story all its own about the love that dwells in it for the one you seek.
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10). He wants hearts alive; hearts that live for seeking Him more and more. From that they will reap not the status quo rather an abundance of life that flows from Him. If the beat of your heart is a little slower these days, or your faith is not getting as excited as it used at the first, check to see who or what you have been seeking after. It may be that you have been looking for love, acceptance and passion everywhere but the right place. But, we have this promise, “you who seek God, your hearts shall live!”
Do you ever feel opened and exposed during the trials of life? Do you ever feel that the enemy has free pickings when it comes to your heart ache? Well, he doesn’t! The enemies of this life may chase you, hunt you down and all together seek to make your life miserable, but the enemies do not have the last say over anything. God, in His complete sovereignty has you covered!
If anybody knew about being constantly chased by enemies seeking to take their life it was David. Saul, in a jealous pursuit, saw something special in David, the favor of God, and wanted to destroy David. There were days when David may have felt like giving up. There were days of hiding in caves and pretending to be a mad-man to seek solitude in other countries. But, through it all David dealt best with his enemies through prayer. He declared who his God was and committed his trust to Him. In Psalm 140:7, “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.”
To be covered means to be concealed and to be protected. The battles of this life may at times make us feel that we are an open target to everyone who can’t stand the favor of God on us, but be of good cheer, God’s got us covered! “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever,” (Psalm 125:2). And, if God is like a mountain surrounding us then there is no adversary that can break through the covering He has over us. It may feel like we are on the run sometimes but God is still that protecting force that “covered my head in the day of battle.” Commit your heart aches, your battle and your enemies to God and let Him be your covering today.
Today remember, you are a child of the King and He is for you! Cry out to your heavenly Father and He will hear! Psalms 56:9 tells us, “When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me,” NKJV.
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There are times in life when you feel absolutely invisible. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Princess Diaries” you know exactly what I mean. Mia, played by Anne Hathaway, was a young girl who did not really fit in with the popular crowd. She went virtually unnoticed by most and at one point was sat on by another due to her “invisibility” problem. When it was found out that she was a princess suddenly everybody stood up and took notice.
I would venture to say that most of us do not have a long-lost relative that is going to show up one day and declare we are of royal lineage causing people to stand up and take notice of us. But what I like about God is He doesn’t care if we are royal or not, He loves us enough to stand up and take notice regardless. One of my favorite verses I often pray is from Psalm 8:4 where the question is asked, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (KJV). This really strikes the cord of love with me because when we think on the greatness of God and His willingness to pay attention to little ole us – awesome!
I was reminded of His generosity toward us as I was reading in the book of Ruth this morning. Ruth asked Boaz, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner,” (2:10, NKJV). The “unworthy” gets noticed. Admittedly, she declared that she is a “foreigner.” The Bible tells us, “Ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ,” (Eph. 2:13, KJV). We were “foreigners” to the grace of God, yet He took enough notice of our dire state to bring us near to Him and to love us.
Often I contemplate His goodness and my unworthiness. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, there was nothing I did that would make God stand up and take notice of me. He chose to pay attention to me, as well as the rest of humanity, because He loves us. It may seem perplexing when we consider that He is ruling the whole universe and is still paying attention to us, but He is! He is “mindful” of you and I today. “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous,” (Ps. 34:15, KJV). To Him, you stand out from the crowd already, and God notices you! You are already royalty enough for His favor!
God bless you today as you walk in the peace of this wonderful truth!
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- Who Am I?? (mandylynncarpenter.wordpress.com)
- “Me, Myself and God!” (wordforlifesays.com)
- “Jesus Questions Trust” (wordforlifesays.com)
- Trusting God’s Plan (dailybibleplan.com)