God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand. [1 Pet 5:6]
The Lord abhors every arrogant person; rest assured that they will not go unpunished.
Yet, Lord, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the product of your labor. Lord, do not be too angry! Do not hold our sins against us continually! Take a good look at your people, at all of us! “We were like a calf untrained to the yoke. You disciplined us and we learned from it. Let us come back to you and we will do so, for you are the Lord our God. For after we turned away from you we repented. After we came to our senses we beat our breasts in sorrow. We are ashamed and humiliated because of the disgraceful things we did previously.” It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
“For evil does not come up from the dust, nor does trouble spring up from the ground, but people are born to trouble, as surely as the sparks fly upward.”
[Prov 16:5, Isa 64:8-9, Jer 31:18-19, Lam 3:27, Job 5:6-7]
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
[2 Peter 3:13]
Perhaps the most important lesson children learn growing up is trust—the promises of a parent: “I’ll be there at three o’clock to pick you up.” “Yes, you can go to summer camp this year.” Despite best intentions, sometimes life intervenes and promises aren’t kept. But if children learn that promises are a pathway through problems, they will learn to trust God’s promises, too.
God has made lots of promises to His people, beginning with promises to Noah after the Flood (Genesis 9:8-11) and later to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3). Throughout the ages, God’s bedrock promise has been of a “new heavens and a new earth.” When life on this earth gets difficult, as it is bound to do (Job 5:7), we have the promise that something better is coming. That promise may not dull the immediate pain of the present, but it gives us hope. We know that God has not forgotten us. We have His “great and precious promises” to depend on (2 Peter 1:4). And, unlike human promises, God’s promises never fail.
Make a habit of noting God’s promises when you read the Bible. They are a lifeline that pulls us through the bumps in this world to the bliss of the next.
The whole covenant is a bundle of promises.
~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~
RELAX IN MY EVERLASTING ARMS. Your weakness is an opportunity to grow strong in awareness of My Almighty Presence. When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there. Look to Me and My sufficiency; rejoice in My radiant riches that are abundantly available to help you.
Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence. Thank Me for your neediness, which is building trust-bonds between us. If you look back on your journey thus far, you can see that days of extreme weakness have been some of your most precious times. Memories of these days are richly interwoven with golden strands of My intimate Presence.
[DEUTERONOMY 33:27; ROMANS 8:26; PSALM 27:13–14]
~ Sarah Young ~
SALVATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD
Acts 11:14; 16:31-34
I pray for God's salvation to come upon your home. Since you believe in Jesus, may you claim the promise from His Word that says, “you will be saved, you and your household.” I pray that everyone in your home may receive the fullness of life in Christ. May you be filled with joy as you usher Christ into your home, and see the power of the Holy Spirit fill each member of your household. Praise God for the salvation of your household!
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
BECAUSE I AM YOUR CREATOR, I know how you function best. I designed you for rich communion with Me. Don’t just talk to Me; listen to Me as well. I speak to you through My Word, My Spirit, My creation.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
(Also read: PSALM 25:4–5; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:17)
Before You Turn Out the Light:
Put your energy into communicating with Me rather than reviewing your problems. As you do, you will find your worries vanishing.
~ Sarah Young ~