We change at each stage of life. We strive for independence in our adolescence. We launch careers and families in young and middle adulthood. Then the older we get, there’s a sense in which we become ever more childish.
Sometimes people say to someone who is just a little too self-important: “Who do you think you are? God’s gift to the world?” Yes, that is exactly who you are.
The writer of this passage understands how easily we like to take credit for the good things in life that come our way, and complain about the bad. Since our track record for deceiving ourselves about these things is consistently abysmal; he wants to remind us that God is utterly in control.
It’s so important that we look into God’s Word each day. There is a message for us there from the One who knows and cares beyond anything we can imagine.
Letter writing has fallen out of favor today, having been largely replaced by Skype, emails, Facebook and Twitter. Yet so much of the New Testament consists of letters!
God is in charge of the outward circumstances of our lives. They are his gift to us. What we do with them is our gift to God.
When our first child was eight months old, she woke up one morning unable to lift her head, her neck would not support it. Tammy had been perfectly fine when we put her to bed the previous night. As first time parents, we were very frightened. But God stepped in with a miracle.
Those who stand the test of their trials will have joy here and hereafter. In this life they will have the joy of being tried and true.
David was a daily optimist, despite his failures and he moved into the opportunities God provided because of his confidence that he was never alone. Keeping his eyes on God let him focus on the best of today.
I waited interminably for it to become dark and then started to walk quietly toward the barn. If he was still out here in the dark I could have a real problem. All the way, I kept praying for direction from the Lord to guide and protect me.