December 5, 2016
James Cameron, an explorer and filmmaker for National Geographic, was the first human to make the 2 hour, 36 minute descent into the deepest part of the ocean in March of 2012. At the depth of 8.6 miles, he saw what you and I will never be able to see in the Mariana Trench…but God can see it. He created it.
Thousands of years ago, when choosing the successor to Israel’s King Saul, the prophet Samuel was sure it would be Jesse’s handsome oldest son Eliab. But the Lord chose the unlikely youngest son, and informed the prophet that he saw something in David that no one else could see; God saw David’s heart. He created it. 1st Samuel 16:7
Our God alone can see our heart, too. Think about your heart and meditate on what God says about it.
- If you are brokenhearted, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
- If your heart is restless, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Psalm 37:7)
- If your heart needs cleansed, pray “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
- If your heart is heavy, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22)
- If your heart is anxious, give Him your anxiety and “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
Only God can see inside our heart. He created it. That’s why we can be open and honest with Him, and praise Him with David, who wrote: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
June 21, 2013
To develop an acrostic, I unite two things that I love to do: study God’s Word, and play with words. As a result, I am encouraged by the unalterable truth that I rearrange, and have something to share with you! Be blessed as you read this acrostic on TRUST.
T “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3
R “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of…” Psalm 37:7
U “Under His wings you shall take refuge…you shall not be afraid.” Psalm 91:4,5
S “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
T “Those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10
August 21, 2012
Fussing, fidgeting, fuming…we all hate to wait!
Complaining, sighing, blaming…wondering why we have to wait.
Confusion, doubt, worry and anguish…why is waiting taking so long? What’s going on?
No one likes to wait. We may be waiting for something as common as a red light; as essential as a check in the mail; as complicated as an answer from our boss, or as important as an answer to prayer. Minutes stretch into hours; days lengthen until they feel like months and years.
There’s something that many of us wait years for: answered prayer.
So what do we do in the meantime? How should we wait? The Bible has a lot to say about waiting and encourages us with eternal truths. The Psalmist instructs us to “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…” (Psalm 37:7) In other Psalms we read about waiting silently for God (62:1) and being of good courage (27:14) as we wait on Him. Easy? Not at all! UNTIL… we realize and believe that as we wait for Him to answer, He is working behind the scenes. Isaiah expressed this truth: “…since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides YOU who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? I am. As I wait, this truth encourages me: He is working out the answers! Let’s wait in a way that would honor God: resting in Him without fretting, silently, and with the assurance that He will come through with the answer. “Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come…” (Habakkuk 2:3)