Monthly Archives: November 2020
God, the one and only—
I’ll wait as long as he says.
Everything I need comes from him,
so why not?
He’s solid rock under my feet,
breathing room for my soul,
An impregnable castle:
I’m set for life. Psalm 62:1-2 MSG*
Can we declare this Psalm with confidence? If we cannot, then we need to ask God to show us what proactive changes we can make to cement us on His foundation so that when the winds of change come upon our lives, we are prepared.
If we can joyfully pronounce these words with certainty in our souls, we understand that changes may bring all sorts of challenges but our feet will be firmly planted on His foundation – the One who brings us peace – the peace that surpasses all understanding.
*Scripture quotations marked MSG are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV*
Each of us is in a season of life. Our seasons can be impacted by many factors like age, relationship status, job position or the balance in our checking account. No other person on this earth is experiencing the exact same season. This season for each of us is uniquely ours.
The uniqueness of our season brings challenges that only we can face. Sure, we can ask others to weigh in on our situations and share our burdens, but most of the time those weigh-in sessions produce little helpful guidance and in fact may delay our ability to meet our challenges. Even our closest friends who are well meaning might steer us on a path of self-pity instead of encouraging us to look to what God has for us in this season.
We all know that regardless of what season we are currently in, all seasons are subject to a change with or without notice. Some of us are in the midst of change now; still others see change in the horizon while some of us are living in a cocoon with no thought of any change. But change is inevitable. It is here or it is coming and when it does, it matters where we are in our walk with God.
*Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
We have all heard the saying “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The saying implies that tough people can persevere and do what needs to be done in the midst of trials and tribulations.
As Christians, we know that Jesus persevered through indescribable pain and anguish. How did He do endure?
Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?” Matthew 26:39 MSG
Is that what we do in the face of trials and tribulation? Is our action to fall on our faces and talk with God? Do we miss the crucial part after we tell Him our desires? The part that says, “I’m not telling you what to do, please not my way; I want to do it your Way, Lord.”
Why is it so critical not to do it “our way”? Because, His Ways are higher than ours . . .
“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
God’s Decree. Isaiah 55:8