24 Jul

Take heart!

A lack of blessing is not a sign of disapproval any more than prosperity is a sign of approval.

It rains on the just and unjust alike.

The secret is to trust the Lord regardless of the circumstances.

Be careful not to equate God’s love, acceptance and blessing with ease, comfort and abundance.

There is no guarantee of comfort in a calling.

God is often more evident during challenging times than times of ease.

Don’t allow the blessings you observe in the lives of others to cause you to doubt your value, calling or obedience to God.

He often calls the strongest to the hardest assignments. If it were easy, anyone could do it.

You were hand picked to demonstrate what your daddy can do through a kid committed to his training program.

Stay the course.

His coaching is to be desired more than applause from the crowd.

Seek the blesser not the blessing. His presence not the present.

Enjoy the good times. Cherish the blessings. Express gratitude for abundance and prosperity but also recognize hard times bring refinement, experience and strength.

Be careful not to associate challenging times, rejection, setbacks or a lack of blessing with his absence. He is more present now than ever!

God works all things together for good. We do well not to limit the means by which he nurtures, grows and matures his kids.

He is more interested in building our character, developing our trust and deepening our dependence on him than calming the waters, softening our seats and lifting our loads.

He desires to make us stronger, more confident and more like him. Such is often accomplished through adversity, struggle and hard work.

Take heart. He is with you and will see you through.

What a blessing!

(Inspired by Habakkuk 3:2,17,18 and Matthew 5:45)

“I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by.”Habakkuk 3:2

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” Habakkuk 3:17-18

“… he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” Matthew 5:45