You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
From the beginning God has re-written the stories of people’s lives for His glory. Joseph, who utters the words from Genesis about God’s grace over this life, endured many hardships that began when his brothers sold him into slavery due to jealousy. Rather than letting bitterness steal his future, he relied on God’s comforting strength to help change the narrative of his life. There is no circumstance so grave that God can’t heal and then use it as a blessing to others.
And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” But then I recall all you have done, O LORD ; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
When we face difficult times, we are invited to look back and remember God’s goodness. He gives us the good to be an encouragement to our souls when we talk through dark seasons of our lives. So pay attention when God brings His blessings so they can be written on your heart as proof that God is for you even when your circumstances seem bleak.
SALVATION OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD
Acts 11:14; Acts 16:31-34
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
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.
“To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
What was it that moved the divine Father to send his own Son into the world? Was it not the free mercy of God flowing forth from his bosom to his family? Then, what merit, what claim can his family ever have? Their misery is their claim. Their worthlessness, their sunken state, the depth of their fall—these things call forth God’s compassion. It is not what I have done for the glory of God; not what I am doing, or trying to do; not my wisdom, my strength, my resolutions, my piety, my holiness. No! my misery, my helplessness, my worthlessness, my deeply sunken state, my fallen condition; which I feel only because of a saving interest in the blood and love of the Lamb—this it is that makes me need God’s mercy; and this it is that qualifies me to go to God through Jesus to receive mercy—for “he is able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by him.”
Are you sitting in darkness and the shadow of death—far from the way of peace, troubled, perplexed, exercised, confused? You are the very characters for whom Jesus came. Are not unutterable mercies locked up in the bosom of God for you? What is to exclude you? Your sins? No! God has pardoned them. Your worthlessness? No! there is a robe of righteousness prepared for you. Your demerits? No! the merits of Jesus are upon your side. Your unholiness? No! “He is made to you sanctification.” Your ignorance? No! “He is made to you wisdom.” These are no barriers. I will tell you what is a barrier—self-righteousness, self-esteem, self-exaltation, pride, hypocrisy, presumption; a name to live, a form of godliness, being settled upon your lees, and at ease in Zion—these are barriers.
But helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, misery—these are not barriers; they are qualifications; they show, when felt, that your name is in the book of life, that the Lord of life and glory appeared in this world for you; and sooner or later, you will have the sweet enjoyment of it in your heart; and then be enabled to adore him for his grace, and admire and bless his name for glorifying his love and mercy in your free and full salvation.
Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.
When was the last time you had the chance to see the sunrise? It’s breathtaking watching the light slowly take shape at the start of a new day. It’s a simple reminder that each day has the potential for so much beauty. Today is a new, glorious day! Take the chance to create beautiful things on this new day.
Among the Redeemed
Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
Who would wish to dwell among the nations and to be numbered with them? Why, even the professing church is such that to follow the Lord fully within its bounds is very difficult. There is such a mingling and mixing that one often sighs for “a lodge in some vast wilderness.”
Certain it is that the Lord would have His people follow a separated path as to the world and come out decidedly and distinctly from it. We are set apart by the divine decree, purchase, and calling, and our inward experience has made us greatly to differ from men of the world; and therefore our place is not in their Vanity Fair, nor in their City of Destruction, but in the narrow way where all true pilgrims must follow their Lord.
This may not only reconcile us to the world’s cold shoulder and sneers but even cause us to accept them with pleasure as being a part of our covenant portion. Our names are not in the same book, we are not of the same seed, we are not bound for the same place, neither are we trusting to the same guide; therefore it is well that we are not of their number. Only let us be found in the number of the redeemed, and we are content to be off and solitary to the end of the chapter.
DOING GOD’S WORK
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will look to the multitudes of people who need Christ in their lives, and be moved by compassion to do the work of the Lord. May you teach them about the life of Christ and proclaim to them the good news of the Kingdom. I pray that when you see the crowd, you will see them with the eyes of Jesus. May you be a witness to them, telling them th at only Jesus can meet their needs. May you have pity on the harassed and helpless, and those who are lost like sheep without a shepherd. May you ask the Lord, therefore, to send you out as His worker, for the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
God tenderly reminds us that we are children too! We are His children. There are few things in this life that are more comforting in a season of difficulty than being in the presence of your parents. A mother’s hug can be one of the most restorative actions this world offers and that is exactly what God says He is for us! He’s our Father, our Safe Place, Refuge, Comforter, Wisdom-Giver, and Rest when we hit those moments where we just can’t anymore.