BIBLE VERSE FOR THE DAY
"…for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16:7b
Hello everyone…and how is your Tuesday? This morning, as I've been sitting in the presence of God…thinking on what He would have me to share with you today; He began to open my heart and remind me that no matter what you and I are facing at this time…He is right there with us…and I pray that as we begin our visit together today; that we will truly feel His presence entering our hearts…and that we will come to see that we are never alone…Amen!!
I don't know what you are facing today; but these past few days have truly been a struggle for me with my health. Most days I live with chronic pain, while other days I seem to be tired…to the place where life truly becomes a struggle for me. In fact, as I entered my office this morning, I felt that everything had been drained from me…to the place where I didn't know if I could write; but I was determined to press on and share words of encouragement with you today.
You know…sometimes I think that all we need to do while hurting so deeply; is to just sit in the presence of God and quietly let Him listen to our hearts. As the verse says above…"…man looketh on the outward appearance; but the Lord looketh at the heart." In other words, no one can see deep into the heart…to listen and feel each hurtful feeling like He can.
I remember quite some time ago, when I was going through depression…and the feelings that were overwhelming me at the time, made it almost impossible to speak. As I sat quietly in God's presence…crying until there were no more tears to cry; He came to me…and as I look back on those moments, I truly believe that He had been listening to each hurtful feeling that had radiated from my heart to His. That day, it never took some pomp and circumstance words to grab His attention; because He was already listening to a heart that was deeply broken. So many times, I believe that we don't see God in this way; because we think of Him in the way that we see others around us, due to the life we live every day; but once more, as the verse states above… "the Lord seeth not as man seeth…"
As I sit here with you today, I am experiencing things in my body that I hadn't experienced about 3 years ago; but I once more take comfort in knowing that God is there…listening to a heart that sometimes is overwhelmed by pain and fatigue…and even as I write you today…He is at work…not only encouraging you; but encouraging me also…what a God!
These days that we're living in can seem almost impossible to get through. It's not just the pain and brokenness that we're experiencing within our own lives that is attempting to bring us low; but it's also being found in the evil that surrounds us in this world each day, which can make life seem even more hopeless. What we need to do right now; is to get alone with God and give Him the chance to listen to every hurtful thought and feeling that may be overwhelming the heart at the time. I truly believe that once we do this; then He will begin to replace those hurtful thoughts and feelings, with a peace that can allow us to be drawn even closer into His presence, where we can experience hope rather than despair.
Today, I praise God, for not only giving me these precious God inspired words to share with you; but I also thank Him for lifting my heart out of the muck and mire, of what I've been feeling and experiencing this morning! I truly pray that you too, will come to see that you are never alone during times such as these; for there is One who is always longing to listen to your heart; but remember…before He can listen, we must sit quietly in His presence and open our hearts up to Him.
What a great visit it has been today! As we part ways, I pray that you will have a very blessed day…filled with the presence of Almighty God…and that you will come back tomorrow, as we once more share another great God inspired visit together! May God truly bless your heart!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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