Proverbs 3:5-6

Keep Going

Just as these ladies are throwing the grain into the wind so that unwanted particles will be separated, the events of life seem like one is a grain in the wind.  However, God is in control, and He knows each thing that is happening.  So in times when the path of life seems unclear and troubles seem like mountains, we are to trust God and keep going.

It is in these times we are tempted to give up as winning seems impossible.  Stress and anxiety flood the mind and body which has a great impact on our attitude, behavior, response, conduct, and physical being.  In these times of challenge and difficulty, the obedient believer must trust God.

The enemy uses these things to draw one from the Lord and seeks to deceive and distract us from following and obeying the Lord.  So what should we do?

  1. Think Right (Philippians 4:8)
  2. Trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  3. Keep going (Philippians 3:13-14)
  4. Be thankful (I Thessalonians 5:18)
  5. Do right (James 1:22)

“Trust and obey, there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

The Most Important Thing

It was an exciting day when these pastors in Zambia, Africa received their copy of a study Bible.  “A dream come true” was the response of one man.  It is their desire to know God and be better equipped to share His presence and message to their world.

In a country where Bibles are in abundant supply, it is easy to miss the importance of the Word.  Verses are memorized, and prizes are given but often the truth of God’s Word and His presence is missed.  A.W. Tozer said years ago that “your view of God is the most important thing about you.”  Yes, the Bible is truth, instruction, warning, wisdom, and much more.  However we must remember the Bible is the believer’s guide to know God and see His work in their life.  It appears that many have manufactured their own god to do and be what they think and desire. 

Do we really trust God?  Are we willing to obey His Word no matter what?  Do we see God as all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-sufficient?  Are we really open to the life-changing events and people that God will bring into our life today?  Are we committed to serving and following God, or do we just want Him to do “things” for us that will make life easier? 

Knowing God as we see Him in the Word and moving in our life daily is the great key to victory.

The Awesome Gift

We have now received the gift of a new day.  Each day consists of 86,400 seconds, and it is our choice of what to do with this time.  These students in this picture have decided that the best way to invest their life (time) this day is to challenge their minds and become better servants for the Lord.

This new day, God’s gift to us, is ours to invest or squander away.  How we utilize this day is our choice.  But since we do not know what to do, as believers, we are instructed in the Bible to:

  1. Commit all to the Lord:  Proverbs 16:3
  2. Pray for wisdom: James 1:53
  3. Surrender all to the Lord:  Romans 12:1-2
  4. Be determined to obey the Lord in all things:  I Corinthians 10:31
  5. Be careful to make right choices: Proverbs 27:12
  6. Be thankful in the Lord: I Thessalonians 5:18
  7. Fear God and keep His commandments: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

 How we use these next few hours will bring joy, blessing, happiness, and productivity or sadness, regret, waste, and sorrow.  As one wise Bible teacher has instructed, “don’t waste your life,” and life comes to us one day at a time.  Let’s rejoice in the Lord, commit to do His will at all times, and be a light in a dark world this day.