But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them,
directing them through unknown country. - Isaiah 42:16a
Let’s face it, there are times when we feel confident like we know what we’re doing. There are times when we are blind as a bat. This passage reminds us that God is our personal guide in those times. And the truth is, we are always in those times.
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. - Philippians 4:11
It’s easy for us to look around at other people’s lives and wish for things. Sometimes it just seems like everyone else gets all the good stuff. What we don’t see is them looking at our lives in the same way. Rehearse some of the things you have that have been a blessing to you today. Thank God for them as you go.
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. - Proverbs 27:19
Have you ever wondered what other people really see in you. Sometimes people catch one snapshot of our lives and think they know us. But no one can truly know us unless they look into our hearts. The same is true, of course, for us knowing other people.
Are you willing to look past those snapshots of people today and look into their hearts?
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
- Philippians 4:11
It’s easy for us to look around at other people’s lives and wish for things.
Sometimes it just seems like everyone else gets all the good stuff. What we don’t see is them looking at our lives in the same way. Rehearse some of the things you have that have been a blessing to you today. Thank God for them as you go.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. - Hebrews 13:8
Time changes everything. We grow older, hairstyles come and go, culture drifts, nations rise and fall, even the landscape changes over time. But nothing changes who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Nothing can change the gift of grace we are given through Christ’s finished work. Are you thankful for that today?
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:6
Work in progress. That should probably be the sign hanging around our necks most of our lives. There’s nothing wrong with that though. It’s not something to be ashamed of. It’s not an excuse either. It’s just a statement of fact that we can be reassured that God’s work in us is ongoing.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3
We all take our lumps in life. From mild disappointments to heart-wrenching rifts in relationships, our lives prove to be fragile things in the hands of others. It’s great knowing that God understands our hurts. He comes to us in those times and heals our broken hearts. Maybe not immediately, but in time he binds our wounds and heals them. Are you thankful for God’s healing presence today?
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. - John 1:4
Jesus came into the world to bring us his light. Not any ordinary light. Jesus’ light gives life to us. Even in our darkest times, we can depend on his light. In fact, when times are the hardest, when we have to most reason to doubt, that when we need his light more than ever. Practice trusting in the light, for when you find yourself in the dark.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
- Galatians 5:13
How freeing does it feel when someone does something kind for you? It just feels like they care, and you matter. The funny thing about this is that the person who served you feels the same way, but even more. Try serving someone today simply because you care about them. You will feel free at that moment.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. - Psalm 23:6
Do you ever feel like something is following you? It’s usually not a great feeling. Sometimes just the thought is kind of creepy. But what if something good follows you? What if goodness follows you wherever you go? What if mercy trails behind you. That means that you leave that behind after you’ve been there. Not a bad legacy to leave, is it?
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