I love catching glimpses of unifying threads between the Old and New Testaments. Like seeing pictures of Christ in the historical and prophetic books. Or realizing Israel’s significance in the Pauline epistles. Or seeing God’s overarching plan of redemption all the way from Genesis through Revelation. And lately, I’ve been noticing another common thread — the […]
Which makes more of an impact on you — suffering or sweetness? Good things or hard? Which one forces you to your knees? Most of us would probably say suffering. Right? Hard times push us to urgently search His Word, and get more intimate in prayer. But why can’t good things do that, too? Why can’t blessings […]
I don’t know what you’re going through right now. I don’t know what difficulties you’re wading through, what trials are flooding over your head and threatening to pull your feet out from under you. I don’t know the flame of testing you are being led through. But this I know: you are not alone.
This I know, for this is what our Heavenly Father promises us in His Word. We are never alone. He is always with us; He will never forsake us or leave us to falter in our own frail weakness. He will never stop leading us; it is only that we stop following. We stop looking for His direction and try to find our own way. We try to walk on the shifting sands of trouble, only to sink to our knees. We flounder in the waves of discouragement and fear. We shrink from the hard rains of uncertainty.
“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge […]
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God […]
God’s forgiveness is utterly incomprehensible. Consider that, before we come to Christ and receive His cleansing and covering of blood, we are worse enemies of God the Father than Osama bin Laden was of the USA. We are more wicked, more heinous in His sight, than any terrorist could be to our country. And yet, […]
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24, KJV). Can I paraphrase? The path and direction of our lives are established by the LORD of Lords, […]