Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
One thing I’ve experienced; going through trials can leave you feeling as if you are operating with a broken compass. After your hopes have been dashed so many times, you start to wonder if your discernment isn’t just you thinking that God is about to do something.
Take heart, God will make it clear when He’s doing something big. The scripture you read, messages from other believers, and even messages from non-believers will confirm what God is doing.
And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.
Where does your hope lie? If you are looking to humanity, your hopes will most likely always turn into disappointments. But if you place your hope in God you can rest in the security that whatever may happen, it’s under His control and within His will.
Put your hope in the One who can actually deliver!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Trials can easily zap you of joy, but all you have to do is allow joy to show up. Last night, our four-year-old daughter got a balloon. Watching her bat it into the air and do everything she could to keep it in the air was something that brought her great joy, and in turn, was the gift of joy for me.
Joy is always there if you’ll take the time to seek it in the smallest of ways.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge…
Temptation is everywhere, and if not heeded, sin will soon follow. Knowledge is the key to avoiding the snare of sin. We must first understand Satan’s tactics and the only way to do that is to study God’s Word. Without that knowledge, we’re like blindfolded person heading toward a cliff.
God’s Word is a light to our feet, but we must study it and hold in our hearts if we are to avoid the obstacles we will face.
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
We have to come to grips with failure. We all fall. But what defines our character is getting back up. As many times as we get knocked down, we have to find the strength or rely on God’s strength, to get back up. Like a child’s self-righting punching bag, we need to pop back up ready to face the next challenge.
With God, we can draw on His endless supply of strength, dust ourselves off, and continue to press forward.
“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
When you finally made the decision to allow Christ to be the Lord over your life, the scales fell away and you finally began to see the world as God sees it. You start to see other people as God sees them. You begin to serve others rather than always being served. When the Holy Spirit comes into your life the old you is stripped away and your life is renewed.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
There are days when depression can set in and catch you off guard. Many times we do not know why we just feel down. But it’s vital that we question why. Those times may arise simply because of a shift in our focus. If we focus on our problems instead of the problem solver, the result can easily explain our woes.
Stay focused on the hope that embodies who Jesus is. He can calm the storms, stop the rising waters, and heal your wounds. Jesus IS hope!