Lord, I thank you that you know me better than I know myself. You know what I struggle with and what is on my mind. I thank you that you understand even when I am doubting you. Lord, help me to give all my struggles to you each day, help me to talk to you about them and seek your wisdom for the answers. Amen.
Just like looking at a bend in the road none of us knows what lies beyond into the future. Yet we have a tendency to worry and speculate about what the future holds. We spend our lives worrying about so many things that never actually happen. We worry so much about the ifs, buts and maybes of life that we rob the present of much of its happiness. Trust God with what lies ahead and live in the moment.
There are things that take place in this life that we will never understand. We will never know the “why” of many situations. However, we do have the opportunity of knowing the God who can comprehend the answers and also understands how we feel. He tells us that our ways are not His ways, what we would choose to happen is not, necessarily, what He would choose to happen. Our job is to trust that God’s wisdom is far greater than ours.
We need to live for the moment for that is the only place God’s grace exists. His grace doesn’t cover the worries of tomorrow or the regrets of yesterday. However, His grace is more than sufficient for us today.
Today I will praise the Lord for He is so worthy. I will centre myself on Him and give Him all the glory. I will be thankful in all circumstances for in doing so I enter the presence of God.
If you look you will see the fingerprints of your creator all around you. They are there in the intricacies of the tiniest flower and in the complexities of the human body. You can see God’s creative touch in the diversity of His creation and you can see God’s gentle touch in the subtle hues of a Spring morning. His fingerprints surround us if we only stop long enough to really see them.
No matter what is going on in your life, the stresses, worries, problems or struggles there is a true peace and joy that is available to you in God. It is a peace that comes without the need for answers. It is a peace that comes without the need to know the why? how? where? or when? answers of your problems. It is a joy that comes from knowing that God wants the best for you and that He is in control. Give your problems to God in prayer and leave them with Him.
We have so much to be thankful for. Today I am thankful for all those Christians down the ages who have faithfully passed on the baton of Christianity so that we can believe. I am thankful for all those who have studied and translated the bible so that we can read it in our mother tongue. For all those who have gone against the odds and continued to believe in extreme circumstances. For those who brought Christianity to the shores of our country. Thank you Lord for these people, please help us to be as faithful.
Whether I cross the seas or climb to the highest height you are there O Lord. Whether I go to prison or am stuck at home you are with me, right by my side. Thank you that you go before me to prepare the way and stay with me to help me through. Thank you that you never leave me.
If you point out someone’s faults you are as likely to cause damage as you are to do any good. If, however, you point out their identity in Christ it is likely they will come to see their own faults and see them as at odds to whom they really are and who they want to be. This way they now have the motivation to change.