The God that I worship can still the waves and calm the storm and yet, in His wisdom, allows me to endure them so that I may become stronger and wiser and a little bit more like Him.
May Jesus, who was Baptised in the waters of the river Jordan, walked on water and calmed the waves of the storm, pour out His refreshing water of blessing upon you to quench your thirst and revive you this day.
Life isn’t fair! However… isn’t that a positive thing? God isn’t fair, He doesn’t give us what we deserve. He doesn’t give us the punishment that our wrongdoings deserve. Instead he shows us immeasurable mercy. In fact he gives us that which we really do not deserve, He lavishes upon us grace and favour. Life isn’t fair, but personally I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Colour, texture, sound, seasons, tastes, smells and a multitude of other things for our enjoyment and delight. We have a creative God who has given us above and beyond even that which we could imagine. We have so much to be thankful for.
The angels and hundreds of years of prophesy heralded the coming of Jesus into this world. However, it was always going to happen. Jesus was not God’s plan B. He wasn’t a rescue package put into place after humankind surprised God by turning against Him. Jesus was always part of the deal, right from before the world was created. God always intended to create the world through Jesus and redeem the world through him as well. God loves us so much that He created the world knowing that we would go our own selfish ways. God created us knowing full well that He would have to sacrifice His own son to bring us back to Him. Love doesn’t get any better than that!
Lord, this day manifest your presence in my life so that others see you in me. Guard my lips so that people hear you through my words. May my actions glorify you this day and bring help and healing to others. Today Lord, use me in Your service – may I be pliable clay in your hands. Amen.
God’s light shines into our lives. We have the choice to live in that light or hide in the shadow it creates.
Lord, we thank you for the sufficiency of your grace. We thank you for your restrained hand of mercy. Help us in every decision we have to make to be wise in your eyes and always choose what is right. Thank you for your word and your guiding Spirit to help us every step of the way. Amen.
Your worth is not to be found in your job title, your wealth or your social standing. It is not to be measured by the amount of friends you have or even by what people think of you. Your true worth can only be measured by the unconditional love that God has for you, His willingness to adopt you into His family and in His sending His only son to die for you. When we see what God really thinks of us, how much He loves us and how much He has done for us we can then see that our worth is truly beyond measure.
Nothing but an unreserved acceptance that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our relationship to be restored with God will suffice. No works will ever be enough. No excuses will ever do. Nothing can we bring to the bargaining table except Christ himself, on our behalf. Simple acceptance paves the way – not I Lord, but what You have done for me.