Saturday, April 16, 2016

Encouraging Words For the Weekend

Psalm 103:15-18
"As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments."

"…In a world where so very few things can be depended on, the word 'steadfast' is like a rock to which  submerged wayfarers may cling.

When you are facing a difficult situation, where do you look? To the magnitude of the thing that confronts you? Why not try looking to the resources that are yours as Christians? There is no cloud so big but that the One who is your Savior can ride it. Scripture tells us, 'He rides upon the storm.' The amazing thing is that ominous clouds that we permit to darken our lives so quickly are big with mercy. Whatever our problem or situation may be, we need to hold it up alongside the 'steadfast love' of God, for then fear is dissipated and gloom dispelled…

Sometimes I wonder if we like to grovel in our own inadequacies. Some people seem to pride themselves on what they are not able to do. They are obstacle people who feel it is their mission in life to point up all the difficulties. Such was not the spirit of the early church. Because of Christ's enabling, nothing was too hard nor was there any trouble that could not be borne or surmounted. With Him, everything is possible. This was the dynamic that sent an ordinary band of men and women into a pagan world and revolutionized the old pattern of thinking.

It will do the same for you. Faith in Christ changes night to day. It makes out of difficulties, opportunities. It makes heroes out of cowards, and conquerors out of slaves. His steadfast love, His wonderful mercy are your enabling. Let Him dispel the clouds that keep you living in the shadows."

From the Devotional "God's Song In My Heart"  Ruth Youngdahl Nelson