November 29, 2017
Monday, November 27, was the first day of antlered deer season in Pennsylvania. Nearly one million hunters across the state will be in the woods searching for their deer. Many of these hunters will be successful because they did their homework. These successful hunters probably were in the woods weeks before the season scouting and searching for signs of deer. They probably will enter the woods well before sunrise to position themselves in their “hot spot.” They certainly were well prepared for deer hunting season.
The Bible speaks a little about hunting. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:13). In other words, if we’re serious about having a relationship with Him we will search for Him and then find Him.
The Bible states that God is really not far from any of us. Look all around you and you will see the many blessings He has given to you. Look all around you and you’ll see God’s majesty and power. Look all around you and you’ll certainly see His love for you. I pray that you realize His presence in your life today.
November 20, 2017
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of our lips that openly profess His name.”
Has it ever occurred to you that no Americans were more underprivileged than that small handful from the Mayflower who started the custom of setting aside a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God? They had no home and no government agency to help them build homes. They had no means of transportation, other than their legs. Their only food came from the sea and the forest, and they had to get that themselves. They had no money and no place to spend it if they had any. And they had no amusements except what they made for themselves.
However, God richly blessed them because of their faithfulness to Him. It often takes faith to express an attitude of thanksgiving. Jesus once took five loaves of bread and just two small fish, lifted them up to God and gave thanks for that small lunch and then miraculously fed over 5,000 people with it (John 6:11).
Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He prayed, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me,”
(John 11:41). God the Father honored that prayer and Lazarus was raised from the dead.
In spite of some great trials and difficulties many of us are experiencing this week, we still have many reasons to express gratitude to God. God will honor and bless your spirit of thankfulness.
It’s not what we say about our blessings but how we use them that is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
May we also continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.
November 13, 2017
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path,” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
If I were to ask you individually, most of you would say without hesitation that you trust God. However, if you were honest, you will have to admit that there are times when trusting is not so simple. Sometimes, life gets very difficult, with no end in sight. Many times we cannot see what lies ahead and feel helpless and alone in our struggles. However, God is reminding us today that even when we don’t understand, when the future seems very uncertain, and you may feel like you cannot go on, trust Him anyway.
- Trust Him When the Way Seems Difficult
“Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble,” (Job 14:1). Job certainly had his share of life’s difficulties, yet he remained faithful to
God, and God restored back to Job double what he had lost.
- Trust His When the Way is Long and Tiresome
“And let us no grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart,” (Galatians 6:9). Sometimes it does seem like
we’re going to faint but, “Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary?”
Keep trusting in Him!
- Trust Him When the Way Is Lonely
As we travel through life, sometimes it does seem to us like no one cares, no one is there, and no one understands. David once said, “Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me, no one cares for my soul,” (Psalm 142:4). But we all know that God never left David. God restored David’s soul and relationship.
And God is reminding us today that He’ll do the same for us. So, don’t give up! Don’t focus on the storm. Focus on the one who can calm the storm.
Trust God today!
November 6, 2017
Did you remember to turn your clocks back one hour last Saturday night, or did you realize you forgot to when you awoke Sunday morning? We’re back on Eastern Standard Time. The days are getting shorter. Winter is not too far away.
We sometimes say, “Time flies,” but a wise person observed that “time stays and we fly.”
When I was very young I was told that time seems to go by more quickly the older you get. I’ve found that statement to be very true. Each day I’m reminded of just how short our lives on earth are. This truth motivates me to really trust God with my time and my life.
How have you been spending your time recently? A better question would be, “How have you been investing your time recently?” Could it be that someone you know would benefit by you spending a little of your time with them? Could it be that God wants you to invest some of your time with someone today?
This day is a gift from God. May we all strive to make the best of it and invest our time wisely. Time is the deposit each one has in the bank of God and no one knows the balance. “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is,” (Psalm 39:4).