One thing that every human being has in common is that they don’t know it all. We all lack in wisdom and understanding in one area or another and we can gain much when we humble ourselves and seek for the answers that we don’t have. The great thing about having a relationship with the Lord is that we can seek His guidance; we can ask for the wisdom that we are lacking and we can knock on the door of love that will be opened unto us and be received with mercy and grace that surpasses our understanding. Never think that you are so bad that God can’t help you to become better. God’s love reaches from everlasting to everlasting. God’s mercy reaches down from the heights of heaven and comforts us letting us know that we are not beyond redemption and reconciliation. No matter what you may be going through I want you to know that God already knows about it. Don’t hide from the Lord; don’t think that you are beyond being loved because God’s love is incomprehensible to our finite minds. We can’t fully comprehend that kind of pure love, but thankfully it exists to all who will simply receive it for themselves. (Proverbs 14:12) (Proverbs 28:5)
God’s love for mankind is so great that He welcomes us to call upon Him when we are in need of becoming better. The Bible declares in James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” This verse assures us that when we seek God’s wisdom it will be given to us from a place of love that wishes to see us become better, wiser and stronger than we are right now. Never doubt God’s willingness or ability to change your life for the better. We simply need to call upon the Lord and ask to be changed. God will be faithful to hear and answer our heartfelt prayer. The Lord Jesus declares in John 4:13-14
“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
God’s ways are bigger and better than our ways and the sooner we realize this truth the sooner we will drink from the water that will nourish our soul not for a moment in time, but for all eternity. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) (Isaiah 55:6-9)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to stop seeking the world’s way towards success and start seeking God’s way towards success. You will find the road much easier and much more fulfilling.
STOOP AND DRINK
There are some things I think I do pretty well. There are others that need improvement and still others that are probably beyond anything I can help. I picked up golf for a while. How hard could it be, I wondered? I soon learned. Two people actually gave up working with me to improve my game. Which is okay – I have more time now for doing things less frustrating, like solving the problem of world peace.
I heard of a hotel that has a water fountain in the lobby that is operated by an infra-red beam of light. When a thirsty person wants a drink, she simply bends down and the water automatically turns on. There is a sign above the water cooler that reads, “Stoop and drink.”
What a marvelous parable for a life attitude. Stoop and drink. Especially when we have something to learn, when we want to drink from the fountain of knowledge, we may need to stoop and drink.
Like Albert Einstein. He once arrived in London carrying his violin case. After greeting him, an old friend asked, “You still play the violin, Albert?”
The mathematical genius nodded and said, “Yes, but not very well. My teacher says, `The trouble with you, Mr. Einstein, is that you can't count.'”
He knew that he had much to learn if he were to play the violin well. And he was wise enough to know that he would learn better if he could approach it with a sense of humility; he had to stoop in order to drink.
Have you ever skied? Even if you're an adult, if you've never attempted downhill skiing you would do well to begin by taking a lesson on the beginner's slope. Yes, you may be the only person in the group over four feet tall, and you may also be the only one to slide down the slope backward while little people are whizzing by. Believe me, I know. But you'll never get the hang of it unless you learn the fundamentals. If you stoop to take a lesson or two, you can leave the bunny slope behind forever.
Author Barbara Sher says something interesting about this approach to learning new things. She says that you “can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.”
I think she's right. It takes some stooping to approach something new like a beginner. But that is the way we learn best -- at any age.
Over the years I've come to realize that anybody can teach me, if I let them. Young people and old people, the uneducated and the learned -- anyone can be a teacher. But not anyone can be a learner. It takes the right kind of attitude to learn. But if I'm able to stoop, I'll have plenty to drink.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 105:1-5 “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and His strength: seek His face evermore. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.”
Psalm 31:23-24 “O love the LORD, all ye His saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
Psalm 71:4-8 “Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For Thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: Thou art my trust from my youth. By Thee have I been holden up from the womb: Thou art He that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of Thee. I am as a wonder unto many; but Thou art my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise and with Thy honour all the day.”
Psalm 107:6-9 “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WISDOM OF THE SOUL
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Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS MY DELIVERER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry