BIBLE VERSES FOR THE DAY
"How hast thou helped him that is without power? How savest thou the arm that hath no strength? 3) How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?" Job 26:2-3
Hello everyone…and how is your Thursday? As I'm beginning my visit with you today, I am looking out to a day that has truly drawn me into the presence of God…and I've come to see that when we look for God…He truly can be found.
Throughout many times in my life, I have found God's presence to be very real through nature. When I'm outside…working on a project with my husband Keith…and have invited God into those moments; I sense His presence, as the sun shines brightly down upon me. When I see the leaves gently blowing in the wind…I know He's there…and I even wonder if the wind could actually be His breath…breathing down from the heavens all around me.
There was a time in my life, when I didn't always see God in this way; but while seeking peace during some hard and difficult times of my life, I found His presence to be very real. I think that if we could just stop for a moment and look for God's presence in our day; then the things that try to overtake our minds and hearts, would simply melt away.
I've never really understood why we focus on the things we dislike the most. For example…it's bad enough that we must go through these difficult times…but why do we find ourselves constantly looking in their direction? It seems like we would want to shun these difficult moments and look for something that could be the remedy for what we're facing at the time. I think that sometimes, we are just too much in a hurry or overwhelmed by what we've allowed ourselves to be drawn into; that we don't take the time to quietly seek the presence of God.
Yesterday morning, after I came out of my office, it seemed as though one bad thing happened after another. First, I received a baking dish that I had been waiting for…only to find it broken in the box. Then, as I began to do a few things in the kitchen, the pain levels in my feet began to rise…and on top of it all, my workload seemed out of control. After experiencing all of this, I felt like climbing up to a mountain and just screaming; but I told the Lord that this would not resolve these issues I was dealing with at the time…so instead, I turned to God and began to look for the good through the bad…and I came to see that this baking dish was only something materialistic that could be replaced…and that with time, the pain would calm down…and if I continued to follow God in my day; then the work would be completed soon. As it turned out…I got a refund for the baking dish a lot sooner than what I expected…I got to sit on the day bed and finish what needed to be done for the day, which became a good reason to rest the foot; so, you see…looking for God and the good through the bad, brought about a good ending to my day.
You know…as I've been sitting here…reading our Bible verses for the day, I truly believe that we need to be more like Job; for he was able to look beyond all that he was facing at the time, to focus on a God who was much greater than all he was experiencing at the moment. In fact, if we were to look deeper into the 26th chapter of Job; we would see how Job focused more on the things that drew Him into the presence of God…knowing that what he was thinking on at the time, was only an ounce of what God could do.
You know…I think that we become sidetracked with our problems; because we are too busy focusing on where the problem could be taking us…and from there, we find ourselves in a trap where Satan can torment us with the problem even more. One thing I learned yesterday; is that focusing on all the bad, will only make it worse. Once I took my thoughts away from all that was bothering me at the time; that is when life began to turn around in a better direction. I truly hope and pray that these words will be of help to you too today, for whatever you may be facing at this time! Remember, there is only two directions to turn, while facing a problem. One direction will draw you closer and deeper into the problem…and one direction will draw you closer to a God who can keep you further away from the problem. Which one will you choose today?
Wow…I'll tell you…it been another great visit! One thing I know…when we turn to God, He never disappoints us; but rather, He's more than willing to encourage us and draw us closer to Him…so I praise Him today, for these inspiring words!
Well, it's time to do some other ministry work…so I will say good-bye for now; but I hope that you will have a very nice day…and that you will also come back tomorrow and pay me another visit! God and I will be waiting! Take care for now…and may God bless your day with His very best!
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