Daily Wisdom

“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock.”

~ Song 2:14

Jesus is the hiding-place, the only hiding-place from sin and self. “You are my hiding-place,” said David of old. This was shown to Moses, in figure, when the Lord put him into the cleft of a rock, which Toplady has so beautifully versified, to paint the longing desires of his soul–

“Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee!”

It is on this “Rock of Ages” that God has built his Church. As a rock, he is deep as well as high—so deep as to have under-bottomed the depths of the fall, so high as to be God’s fellow, seated at his right hand. As a rock, also, he is broad as well as long—broad enough to bear millions of living stones built on him, and long enough to reach from eternity to eternity. The Apostle, therefore, prays that the Church at Ephesus may comprehend with all saints, “what is the breadth and length, and depth and height, and know the love of Christ which passes knowledge.”

Eternal Perspectives

At times throughout the day, as I work in my office, I find myself on my knees thanking God for his goodness. When I eat a meal with my wife, talk with a friend, or take our dog for a walk, I worship God for his goodness. The world is full of praise-prompters—the New Earth will overflow with them. I’ve found great joy in moments where I’ve been lost in worship—many of them during church services—but they’re too fleeting. If you’ve ever had a taste of true worship, you crave more of it, never less.
~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Could ye not watch with Me one hour?
~ Matt 26:40

A young lady whose parents had died while she was an infant, had been kindly cared for by a dear friend of the family. Before she was old enough to know him, he went to Europe. Regularly he wrote to her through all his years of absence, and never failed to send her money for all her wants. Finally word came that during a certain week he would return and visit her. He did not fix the day or the hour. She received several invitations to take pleasant trips with her friends during that week. One of these was of so pleasant a nature that she could not resist accepting it. During her trip, he came, inquired as to her absence, and left. Returning she found this note: My life has been a struggle for you, might you not have waited one week for me? More she never heard, and her life of plenty became one of want. Jesus has not fixed the day or hour of His return, but He has said, Watch, and should He come today, would He find us absorbed in thoughtless dissipation? May we be found each day, in the expectant attitude of those watching for a loved one.

Daily Comfort

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves!”

~ 2 Cor 4:7

Earthly success is not the test of spiritual life. Sometimes failure is better than success! God can do more with our weakness–than with our strength. Paul learned that when he was weak in himself–then he was strong, because then the strength of Christ rested on him in fuller measure. Sometimes we do more effective work, when we seem to fail–than when we appear to get through victoriously. Many a preacher has learned that his best sermons are not those he thinks the best. Ofttimes when he has failed in making his discourse, it has accomplished more than any of his finer sermons on which he prided himself.

It has been said that some of the greatest treasures in heaven–will be the blunders which God’s children have made, when trying to show their love. A mother said that the most sacred treasure in her home was a puckered handkerchief which her little girl, now in heaven, had tried to hem for her.

Morning Prayer

THE GOVERNMENT OF JESUS 
Isaiah 9:6-7

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today 

May you understand that God’s will is for government to rest on Christ’s shoulders. Proclaim that Jesus Christ is the perfect Ruler. I pray that you will proclaim Him as the Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. May you always pray that all rulers and governments will submit to His lordship, so that peace, justice and righteousness will reign. I declare that out of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

THE LORD’S MIRACLES 
Psalm 113:5-9

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will recognize the power of God to change a person’s circumstances. May you look to Him, for He can raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from an ash heap. May you trust in Him, for He can settle the barren woman in a home as a happy mother of children. Praise God, for nothing is impossible with Him. I pray that you will recognize the miracles He performs in your life. May you believe that He has the will and the power to make your situation better. I pray that you will continue to be thankful as you experience His power and miracles today!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

To His Purpose

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

~ Romans 8:28 [NLT]

God is masterful in weaving events together for His glory, even if it is painful, challenging, or traumatic. When your world comes crashing down, keep your faith focused on God. He will not fail you. When your attention is focused on a solid rock, your perspective changes and the rest moves into your peripheral view. How can you stay focused on God when all else fails? Plant yourself in God’s word. Be persistent in prayer. Confide in an accountability partner who is mature in their faith.