Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. – Psalm 143:8 (NKJV)
My dear Father in Heaven, this morning, I seek above everything, Your loving-kindness. Through Jesus Christ, Your Son and my Redeemer, I trust in You, my Eternal Father. May I hear Your loving-kindness, Your love, Your grace and Your favor this morning. As the day is breaking, cause me to know the way in which I should walk. For I do not know the steps I need to take. I lift my soul to You. Look at my soul, dear Father, have mercy on me, and show me the way I should walk; and give grace so that I can walk in the path that You have destined for me. Through Jesus, I ask. Amen.
You covered me in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13 (NKJV)
Dear friend, God knows you. Not today. Not when you surrendered your life to Him. Not when you realized that you are a sinner. No, no… God knew you even before this world was created. God knew you by name even before you were formed in your mother’s womb. God covered you in your mother’s womb, protected you and even to this day, knows your every doing. Because He is your Creator. Because He is your Father. Because, like a good Father, He has plans for you. Plans that include all your failures. Plans that take into account all your shortcomings. Plans to give you hope and a future.
So, don’t let something that happens today to decide your life. Suicide is not an option, dear friend. A love failure is but temporary; it will fade away. Not getting a job that you desired is not the end of your life. Your life will move on. Not getting an education that you dreamt of, need not be the end of the road for you. When one door closes, God opens another door for you. The same eyes that looked at you, with compassion as you were formed in your mother’s womb, are still looking at you – with the same love and compassion. Come to God. Come to His Son Jesus Christ. And He will quiet you with His love. Amen.
“If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is Jewish, you won’t overcome him, because your downfall is certain.” – Esther 6:13 (HCSB)
Are you a Jew? Are you from the tribe of Judah, the tribe that praises the Lord? Are you praising the Lord, no matter what your circumstances are? Probably at this very moment, your enemies are preparing something against you… great obstacles are placed in your path, to hinder your growth… and the enemies are becoming all the more powerful every day and whatever they do, they are successful and does it scare you? Then praise the Lord, be from the tribe of Judah, for when you are praising the Lord, no enemy will be able to overcome you, because their downfall is certain – for the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, has overcome every single power that is against you. So, praise Him, and praise Him more.
God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)
There are so many things in this world about which we can boast of. It could be our nationality, our language, our religion, our caste, our achievements, our family and so on. But may God our Heavenly Father forbid that I boast in anything, except in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ. For my salvation, my redemption, my blessings and the eternal life, all spring forth from the divine sacrifice that my Saviour Jesus Christ did for my sake at the cross. May I boast only in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ. Help me, God. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will (Mat_10:29 RSV).
We worry too much. We follow the example of our earthly father Adam when he confessed to God, “I was afraid…and hid” (Gen_3:10). We have become a fearful people, even though most of our fears are often unfounded or just plain silly, because we do not have our eyes on the sparrow.
One of the renderings for the term sparrow in Hebrew referred to small birds, and in Matthew the word probably refers to a small house sparrow. The birds were well known in Syria; they were small, tame and found everywhere. Because of their great number they were sold cheaply; five would go for one and one-half cents. The idea is that if God cares for something so inexpensive and small, then certainly He will care for and protect us!
Jesus always gives us the assurance, “I am with you always” (Mat_28:20). Yet we continue to be afraid: Nuclear war, loss of health, serious accident, job loss, and a thousand other things.
The lesson of 1Jo_4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,” should teach us something: that either we do not love God as we should, or we do not believe Him when He says that He loves us. Think about the following:
“Worry comes through human interference with the divine plan.”
“You cannot change the past, but you ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.”
“Why worry when you can pray?”
“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.”
The story is told of the ship that was trapped in a severe storm at sea. All were preparing to abandon ship, all except one young lady who was playing with her dolls. When asked if she were not afraid, she calmly replied, “No, because my father is the captain.”
When the storms of life seem to trap us, let us learn to keep our eyes upon the sparrow and to say, “I am not afraid because the Captain is my Father!”
Some time ago we noticed that a tree planted at the sunny end of a house had large and beautiful blossoms. It was a feast to the eyes; but what an amazing difference in some of the branches trained round the corner of the house where they got much less sun. The blossoms were starved and drooping, and there was little promise of fruit. They had the same root and stem in common, but while one part of the tree was in the full glorious light, the other branches were in the shade.
Our character is affected in the same way by insufficient enlightenment. The dark places produce unfruitful branches: strange weaknesses, distortions, immaturities, indirection, failures in practical life and conduct. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23). If we are to bear all manner of precious fruit, each in its rightful season, we must trustfully and joyfully lay open our whole soul to the full expanse of God’s light shining in the face of Jesus Christ.
A man went inside a telephone booth and dialled the number of a friend. When the connection was made, the friend kept saying, “I can’t hear you; speak louder; I can’t hear you.” All he cold hear was the roar of traffic in the background. “Shut the door so I can hear,” he said to the caller. In order to hear God’s voice speaking to you, you’ve got to shut the door to the outside world so that its enticements won’t distract you. Doing this could change your whole life. Then when you go back into the crowd, you’ll not only be able to listen to what the world has to say, but you’ll have something to say to the world that you’ve personally heard from God.
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
– Matthew 6:6