APPROACH THIS DAY WITH AWARENESS of who is Boss. As you make plans for the day, remember that it is I who orchestrates the events of your life. On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans, you may be unaware of My sovereign Presence. On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me! I may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected. It is essential at such times to stay in communication with Me, accepting My way as better than yours. Don’t try to figure out what is happening. Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will come out of it all. I know the plans I have for you, and they are good.
ISAIAH 55:9–11; JEREMIAH 29:11
~ Sarah Young ~
In The Light
“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”
The animist believes the world is crammed with deities who must be appeased. The dark, unseen world is terrifying. Jesus brings us into relationship with the Father, and we need no longer shiver before a myriad of unseen spirits. Knowing God as Father puts a new light on the “seen” world as well.
Pain and perspiration and things we don’t understand sometimes mark daily living. But even that which remains obscure is bathed in the light of His love. We discover that in His presence, “even the darkness is not dark” (Psalm 139:12).
~ Dr. Ed Young ~
“Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.”
Today is a new opportunity for me to reach out in love and lend a helping hand. How easy it is for me to want to keep all that You bless me with, for me. Touch my heart and help me to be a giver, the same way that You have given to me, all the days of my life.
With reference to the American election…
Each of us had strayed off on his own path. [Isa 53:6]
Noah … began to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk.
[Abram] said to his wife Sarai, “… tell them you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you.” Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied. Moses … spoke rashly.
The men examined some of their provisions, but they failed to ask the Lord’s advice. Joshua made a peace treaty with them. David had done what he approved and had not disregarded any of his commandments his entire lifetime, except for the incident involving Uriah the Hittite.
These all were commended for their faith. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. The Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.
“Understand that it is not for your sake I am about to act, declares the sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and embarrassed by your behavior.”
Gen 9:20-21, Gen 12:11, Gen 12:13, Gen 27:21, Gen 27:24, Ps 106:32-33, Josh 9:14-15, 1 Kgs 15:5, Heb 11:39, Rom 3:24, Isa 53:6, Ezek 36:32
~ Samuel Bagster ~
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
We have a flat tire on a dark rural road late at night; we can’t figure out how to shut the water off when a pipe is leaking; our spouse is out of town, we’re sick in bed, and we need help with meals and childcare; we need helpful advice in making a financial decision—and more. Those situations have the potential to leave us discouraged or in despair. But those feelings can change in a matter of minutes.
What can change them? A person(s) who possesses two qualities: knowledge and presence; skill and availability. A person who knows how to help us and is available when we need help can transform a discouraging moment in life. Guess who possesses both those traits: God Himself. He has the wisdom and knowledge, and He is always with us. He is just a prayer away. That’s why James wrote that if we lack wisdom when (not if; James 1:2, emphasis added) we need help we should “ask of God” and “it will be given.”
Do you need help today? Climb out of the well of discouragement by calling on God for His wisdom. He is able and available.
There is no situation in which we are placed, no demand that arises, for which Scripture as the deposit of the manifold wisdom of God is not adequate and sufficient.
~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~