God's providence and grace are an amazing thing. Sometimes we have a day, or days, or months, or even a season in our lives which is quite difficult and through our devotional and/or scripture reading the Lord lets us kno"w He's very present and our situation is not a surprise to Him.
Today's devotional has been one such moment of God's providence and grace. It is as if they had us in mind when they wrote it! I read three different devotionals when I have those 15 minutes in the morning while baby is asleep or playing by himself. They are short but usually very encouraging or comforting and many times convicting. They're also a great guide for when I don't know how to pray.
These were today's devotions:
Hope for Each Day1
Simple trust"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."
There will always be secrets and motives of God that lie beyond our grasp. God knows everything; we do not. Only in heaven will we understand God's ways more fully. As Paul said, "Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." (1st Cor 13:12)
But based upon what we do know about God's character, demonstrated supremely in the Cross, we can trust that God is doing what is best for us. God says in His Word, "I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jer 29:11, NIV).
As Corrie ten Boom once explained, "Picture a piece of embroidery placed between you and God, with the right side up toward God. Man sees the loose, frayed ends; but God sees the pattern."
God is in control. Whatever comes into our lives, we can confidently say, "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Rom 8:28).
Moments of Peace for the Morning2
Of God or Men?
It is difficult to watch people you love choose courses that are fraught with challenges or experience a very painful trial. Sometimes you will not understand what God is doing in them, and you will want to safeguard them from experiencing distress.
God may have an important purpose for their circumstance that you are not aware of.
It is okay when you do not comprehend what God is doing. Today do not shield your loved ones from trials. Rather, pray for and support them.
By doing so, you observe God's interests as well as theirs.
"There you shall be rescued; there the Lord will redeem you...But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan." Micah 4:10, 12
1. Graham, Billy. Hope for each day, words of wisdom and faith. Page 232.
2. Rosania, Jennifer. Moments of Peace for the Morning, inspirational thoughts to begin your day. Pages 72-73.