Trust God – He knows what He’s doing

Psalm 46:10 KJV

Let’s take a look at this Scripture. (1) “Be still.” Activity born out of anxiety actually prevents God from showing Himself strong on your behalf. That doesn’t mean you can be passive or lazy; it means doing what God leads you to do without running ahead of Him. It means submitting to Him by slowing down and waiting. Why? To make sure you have a sense of peace to go along with the ideas you believe He’s giving you (See Colossians 3:15). Ask Him to reveal His will; then “be still,” acknowledge that He’s in charge and He knows what He’s doing. (2) “Know that I am God.” This means acknowledging that you are not God! When you don’t obey God, consult Him, or recognize His timing, you remove Him from the throne of your life and end up trying to take His place. And you know how well that works, right? We hear a lot about goal-setting and vision. And it’s a scriptural principle, for “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). But the Bible also says, “The vision is…for an appointed time…Though it tarries, wait for it” (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV). You’ll never fulfill your vision without the help of the One who gave it to you. Nineteenth-century American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher said, “The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.” Remember, there’s no time lost in waiting if you’re waiting on the Lord. So don’t let a “how to” seminar or a “type A personality” stampede you into getting ahead of God, or attempting to forge ahead under your own steam.

Soul food: Gen 39:1-39; Gen 45:1-13; Gen 50:22-26

Wait (1)

Psalm 37:7 NCV

We don’t like waiting. Whether we’re waiting for a meal in a restaurant, we’re stuck in standstill traffic, or we’re waiting for our bus to come, we can find ourselves becoming impatient and frustrated. We don’t like to wait for anything, including God. But the word ‘wait’ shows up many times throughout the Bible. God doesn’t always answer our prayers or bring change in our lives immediately. Sometimes we have to wait. So what can we do in the waiting? Firstly, we need to remember that God’s working in our waiting. Jesus said, ‘My Father is always at his work’ (John 5:17 NIV). It might not look like anything’s happening, but God’s working things out for our good (have a read of Romans 8:28). God says: ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10 NIV). Sometimes we just have to hand everything over to Him and remember that He works in His own ways and in His own timing. Secondly, we need to trust God. The Bible says: ‘Wait and trust the LORD.’ Trusting can be easier said than done. We like to be in control and work everything out ourselves. Waiting and trusting can feel really uncomfortable. But the Bible teaches us to ‘trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5 NIV). While we’re waiting we shouldn’t assume the worst, worry, make demands, or take control. Instead we should keep our eyes fixed on God and expectantly wait for Him to come through for us. The psalmist wrote: ‘We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield’ (Psalm 33:20 NIV). Let’s declare those words today too.

Jer 33:1-36:26; Luke 6:1-16; Ps 137; Prov 15:15-17

Turn to God – He will not disappoint you

Psalm 118:5 NKJV

At age twenty-six, Thomas started a publishing company and founded the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in America. He worked with some of the greatest singers in the history of Gospel music, including Mahalia Jackson. But one night after singing to a Saint Louis audience, he was handed a telegram that said, “Your wife just died.” She had passed away in childbirth. Thomas hurried back home to Chicago, where his newborn son died the following day. He plunged into depression, avoided people, and grew angry with God. “I felt God had done me an injustice. I didn’t want to serve Him anymore or write Gospel songs.” Then a friend took him to a neighbourhood music school. That evening Thomas sat down at a piano and began to play…and pray. He poured out his heart to God, and what wonderful words they were: “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.” Thomas A. Dorsey testified that the Lord healed him that night as he sat at the piano. He went on to pen more than a thousand songs and become one of the most influential Christian songwriters of all time. All because he reached out to God for help. The psalmist did that too: “I called on the Lord in distress, and the Lord answered me.” So the word for you today is – turn to God; He will not disappoint you.

Soul food: 2 Kings 24-25; Luke 2:1-7; Ps 144:9-15; Prov 14:5-8

Raak ernstig daaroor om behoeftige mense te help

Matteus 25:45 NLV

Die Bybel leer ons dat God ons eendag sal evalueer en beloon volgens hoe ons die mense rondom ons wat seer het en behoeftig is, behandel het. Dis hoekom jy ernstig daaroor moet raak om hulle te help. Thomas Barnardo het dit geglo en een van die grootste Christelike helde van die 1800’s geword. Gedurende sy werk onder die armes en haweloses in die ooste van London, het hy ‘n huis vir hawelose kinders gebou wat vierhonderd seuns en dogters gehuisves het. Hy het die Edinburgh Castle Gin Palace and Music Hall in die Coffee Palace, ‘n sentrum vir evangelistiese en Christelike aktiwiteite, omskep. Hy het ‘n dorpie vir dogters gebou wat meer as negeduisend meisies gedurende sy leeftyd bedien het. Altesaam het meer as sestigduisend kinders baat by die beroepsopleidingsentrums en huise wat hy gebou het, gevind. In uiterste gevalle waar hy kinders in die hande van wrede mense gevind het, het hy hulle ‘ontvoer’ – ‘n beleid wat onwettig was wanneer daar ouers by betrokke was. Hy was egter aan ‘n hoër wet gebonde – God se wet. Dit het hom weerloos teenoor kriminele aanklagte en bitter onderhoudsgevegte gemaak, maar uiteindelik is die landswette verander, nie Barnardo nie. Sy suksesverhale het prokureurs, dokters, musikante, vlootoffisiere, besigheidsmanne en koloniale staatsministers ingesluit, wat almal eens op ‘n tyd haweloos was en gered is. Hoe kan jy die wêreld verander? Begin vandag, een lewe op ‘n slag.

Sielskos: 2 Kon 10-12; Luk 1:11-25; Ps 73:17-28; Spr 13:20