No matter what is going on all around us, we are in control of how we react to it. We can look at the chaos that this world is going through and feel discouraged, depressed and overwhelmed by the amount of trouble or we can stay calm, cool and collected knowing that the God of the universe is still in control of all things and no matter how bleak today may seem, in God’s sight all is well. When we look at this world with all of its trials and troubles from God’s point of view our hearts will be calmed, our minds will be rested and our spirit will be praise filled because God’s provision and sustenance is enough for us all. In my situation it is easy to fear the unknown. It is easy to question my tomorrows, but in my entire Christian walk I have chosen faith over fear, rest over worry, trust over uncertainty and thankfulness over complaint. I believe because I have chosen to trust the Lord above all things and despite all circumstances my life has been blessed and I have been privileged enough to be used to be a blessing to my fellow man. I can’t imagine living any other way. My negativity would be a hindrance for myself, for those around me and it would be an especially weak witness to my Christian faith. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Psalm 28:6-9)
I pray that you think about what you’re thinking about. Are you faith filled or fear filled? Do you question your tomorrows or do you trust the One who holds all of them? We must ask ourselves these questions and reevaluate who we are trusting in. Are we trusting in our own intellect and ability and finding ourselves falling short because of that or are we trusting in the Lord who has every answer to our every problem? I would encourage everyone to see their limitations and know that it is better to call upon the Lord who knows no limits, whose love is never ending, whose mercy is renewed every day and whose grace is sufficient for every soul trusting in Him. Call upon the Lord today and recommit your trust in Him. Let God know that no matter what may come your way you will stay in peace, stay in faith and trust that all things will work together for your good in the end. God is too faithful to leave us wanting. His love is too great to forsake us and His mercy is too great to not forgive us when we ask to be forgiven. (Psalm 20:6-9) (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to think of the good, to focus on your blessings and to trust that no matter what may come your way you still have brighter days ahead.
WHAT HAPPENED TODAY
The television news was droning on and on this evening. It was full of every bad thing that happened in the world today. Finally I had to turn the set off. It wasn’t that I couldn’t handle the bad news. It was just that I knew all that was being left out. I knew what else happened today.
Today a mother held her newborn baby in her arms for the first time and felt her heart open with a love she never knew she had. Today mothers and fathers both played with their children, hugged them tight, and kissed them goodnight when they tucked them into bed. Today animals were petted, fed, and cared for by loving owners. Today a child learned how to be kind when she saw her Mom hold a door open for an elderly lady. Today wise words were spoken and minds were opened in a million school classrooms across the world. Today clothes, food, and money were collected to be shared with the poor and hungry.
Today the sick were cared for, the disabled were helped, and the crying were comforted by so many caring souls. Today smiles were shared and kind acts preformed with no thought of reward. Today songs were sung, sweet words were said, and laughter was heard. Today adult children gathered around their Mom’s deathbed to hold her hand, tell her they love her, and kiss her for one last time. Today someone finally realized just how much God loves them. Today a million prayers went up to Heaven on the wings of faith and a million “Thank You’s” were said to God with hearts full of love. Today this world was made better by the good we did, the kindness we shared, and the love we gave to others. Today all the angels of Heaven joyfully smiled as they watched us strive to love each other, to help each other, and to live as God’s Children here on Earth.
That is what happened today. That is what happens every day of our lives here. Don’t let the bad news bring you down. Its hate and darkness can never stand against our love and light.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus declares “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
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Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry