Friday, November 10, 2006 4:20 a.m.
The Formula for Happiness is found in Psalm 37: Fret not, Trust in the LORD, Delight thyself in the LORD, Commit thy way unto the LORD, Rest in the LORD, Cease from anger, Wait on the LORD.
Fret not: Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.” (Psalm 37:1).
Trust in the LORD: “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3).
Delight thyself in the LORD: “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4).
Commit thy way unto the LORD: “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”(Psalm 37:5).
Rest in the LORD: “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:…” (Psalm 37:7).
Cease from anger: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:…” (Psalm 37:8).
Wait on the LORD: “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:…” (Psalm 37:34).
Thought for Today: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23).
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 4:45 a.m.
All night this verse has been running through my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). In studying this verse, the words “trust in the Lord” means to trust in the same Lord that spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are to trust the Lord “with all thine heart.” This means with all our heart, soul and mind and with our whole being. “And lean not unto thine own understanding.” This means that we are not to lean on what we think should happen or the way we think things should go. It continues in verse 6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him.” (Proverbs 3:6). In everything we do, act, speak or think we are to acknowledge God. “And he shall direct thy paths.” God, Himself, shall direct us in the way we should go. C. I. Scofield says, “The word ‘trust’ in the Old Testament is the same word as ‘believe’ in the New Testament” (p. 600). “Believe” means to have faith in. If we put our faith in Him, He is our refuge. He is the One we can lean on. He will carry us through difficult times and we do not need to fear. God has His reasons for allowing certain circumstances. They are all for our sanctification. We can trust Him.
Thought for Today: I’ve come to realize that only finishing this race of life victoriously is all that matters.
Monday, August 22, 2005 4:14 a.m.
Jesus refers to us as sheep. What kind of sheep are you? There are 5 kinds of sheep.
1). False Sheep – They say they are saved, but they are deceiving themselves. They are wolves in sheep clothing. (I John 2:19).
2. Stunted Sheep – They are carnal, always needing milk, unable to be fed meat. They are forever baby Christians who will enter heaven as by fire. (Hebrews 5:13).
3. Poisoned Sheep – They have been fed false doctrine and have become weak and sickly. (Matthew 7:5).
4. Wounded Sheep – They have been hurt, but instead of letting the shepherd mend their wounds, they carry emotional scars that turn into a root of bitterness. (Hebrews 12:15).
5. Lost Sheep – They are the unsaved without a shepherd. (John 10:16).
It reminds me of that beautiful painting of Jesus reaching down the side of a cliff to recuse one of His sheep. Which sheep are you?
Thought for Today: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14).
Friday, August 5, 2005 9:15 p.m.
There is just so much evil that we can endure in one day. Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” The day is full of evil, the world is full of evil, and we can only endure a day full at a time. Jesus told his disciples, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye can not bear them now.” (John 16:12). God knows just how much evil to allow us to endure for one day. If we knew the evil of tomorrow we could not bear it and would fall into despair. We are not to worry about what a day will bring. They are all in God’s hands and under His sovereign control. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15).
Thought for Today: “Day by day, and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here; Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment. I’ve no cause to worry or for fear. He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure. Give unto each day what He deems best, Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest. (Carolina Sandell 1832-1903).
Sunday, June 5, 2005 7:45 a. m.
I prayed earnestly about something and I truly expected God to do a miracle. When He didn’t, I was devastated. I had to pray for God to give me peace over the entire matter. This is a constant struggle for me. I must learn to trust God and welcome His will. Unfortunately, this lesson is continually having to be repeated. I guess I’m a slow learner. Then I read Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, (p.157). He said, “When what we wanted to happen does not, we are to take a deep breath spiritually. It doesn’t matter. God is still glorifying Himself.” What words of wisdom. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant, I shrink back from it; if the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart’s choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, Then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (If, p.69). Lord, help me learn this lesson.
Thought for Today: Welcome God’s will, whatever it may be.
Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:10 a.m.
It was Amy Carmichael’s first year as a missionary in Japan. She and other missionaries were waiting for boats to pick them up and take them on a journey. But the boats were late. The boats were not just hours late, but days late. Amy and the other missionaries became impatient and fretted that they were going to miss all the events that had been planned for their journey. Then one of the older more “seasoned” missionary’s who never seemed to get ruffled said, “God knows all about the boats” (A Chance to Die, p. 78). His calm trust impacted Amy so much that it became a motto of faith for the rest of her life. God knows all about your weakness. God knows all about your fears. God know all about you, and all you are called upon to do is trust Him. Remember, God knows all about the boats.
Thought for Today: How do we endure in all this waiting stuff? We are to sit quietly and trust God to act.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 5:45 a.m.
How does one draw into a sweetness and total confidence in the Savior? It is not something that comes naturally. It goes against our nature to completely abandon our own will, our own wants, our own desires, and our own logical thinking and just turn them over to a sovereign God. Not knowing where He may lead us or how it will all end makes it hard for us to trust in God enough to say, “What now, Lord?” Yet, scripture tells us to, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). This is when we have to believe that God loves us and He only has good for us. Then we can rest assured that no matter where He leads us it is for our good and God’s glory. “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalms 2:12 ).
Thought for Today: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:15 a.m.
Have you ever wished for something believing that it would come in the future? Last night it was as if the Lord allowed me to see a glimpse of the future, and it was not what I expected. Has this ever happened to you? What you imagined would be so grand turns out to be just ordinary. Most of the time in our lives things are just ordinary. The ordinary hum-drum of everyday living. You dream that you will be doing something more grand in the future, at least more grand than you are doing now; but, in reality you most likely won’t be. This glimpse of the future has opened my eyes. It has showed me that I need to treasure each moment that I have been given now, instead of longing for some future happening. I need to take every “now” and do something with it, instead of waiting for a “better time”. I need to trust God now, follow His lead and accept what portion I have been given today. I need to thank God for who I am today; for never shall I be more.
Thought for Today: Take each moment, each memory, even each pain with all its hurt and loneliness, and accept them as a gift from God. We only have “now” and God has tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 4:10 a.m.
Heaven help us if we turn back. Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). Once God has sent us forth we must never turn back. “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.” (Psalm 78:9). God would have given them the victory had they just went forward. The priest bearing the ark of the covenant went forth as God commanded them to pass over the river Jordan. When they got to the river, as the feet of the priest were dipped into the brim of the water, the water parted. “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan…” (Joshua 3:17). May we never turn back, but step out in faith, going forth in trust, believing. And as we go forth God will be our strength, our helper, our deliverer, our victor.
Thought for Today: Wherever God sends us we must go forth carrying the banner for victory.
Thursday, February 19, 2004 4:20 a.m.
When Amy Carmichael arrived in Japan, in 1893, it was raining. She got off the boat alone. There was no one there to meet her, and worse yet, she didn’t understand a word of the language. While she watched the boat sail away, she stood by her suitcase, in the drizzling rain, and said, “All right Lord: What next?” She had all the confidence in the world that the Lord would provide for her. Have you ever had times like these where your entire security depended upon God’s provision? Yet, it is during times like these that we learn to trust God. So many times we place our trust in our own ingenuity. But that’s not trusting in God’s provision whole-heartedly. There are people in the world today who have to depend on God for their next morsel of bread. Most of us have never truly felt the pang of hunger. We need to put our faith and trust in God’s provision and be able to say, “All right Lord: What next?”
Thought for Today: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19).