Our outward attitude needs to reflect the inward peace and joy that God has
instilled within our hearts. We should never allow the worldly disruptions
of daily life to affect how we live our life in Christ. We are to rejoice
in the goodness and faithfulness of God and realize that in His sight All
Is Well. Be encouraged to not fall for the enemy's tricks to worry about
and fear the troubles that come your way, but rather stand firm in your
faith knowing that God is with you and He will bring you out better than
you were before. (Joshua 1:9) (1 Peter 5:6-7) (Psalm 8:3-9) (Hebrews 11:6)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message to enjoy your life
right where you are and do not worry about the uncertainties of the future.
The Lord is in control and all things will work together for your good.
DANCING IN THE LIGHT
When I was about six years old I was outside playing on a beautiful sunny
day. An older neighbor decided to trick me into entering an old wooden
storage shed at the far end of our yard. I went in according to his plan,
then he shut the door, padlocked it securely, and went home laughing.
The darkness that enveloped me was immediate, as was my fear and
helplessness at being trapped inside. Obviously, I pounded on the door
repeatedly as hard as I could and yelled loudly to anyone who might hear.
But after many minutes of silence went by I realized I had to calm down
and wait until I was rescued.
It is unsettling how quickly and unexpectedly shadows of darkness can
invade our lives. They can be black clouds of temptation that roll in just
when we are determined not to react out of our weakness in that time. It
may be the cold, penetrating blackness of discouragement that is so hard to
ignore. It may be a dark specter of doubt and uncertainty as we are
bombarded by threatening or unyielding circumstances. Recently, for me, it
was the onslaught of chronic health problems rendering me inactive and
seemingly useless for ministry. But for others it may be something far
worse and foreboding during which God seems to be, not only silent, but
Now back to the boy in the shed. My fear and preoccupation with the
darkness and the unknowns in that shed continued to dominate my thoughts
until I noticed a small beam of light coming in through the wood slats of
the door. There in the distinct ray of light I saw thousands of tiny dust
particles drifting, circulating - yes, almost dancing within the light!
For what seemed like a long time I sat observing their joyous display as
if the dust was oblivious to the darkness.
There is a wonderful application of truth here. The Bible says that the
Lord God formed man of dust from the ground. (What a good thought to
meditate on when we are tempted to applaud our own significance outside of
Christ!) So whether God shines His light rays in a darkened shed, across a
hospital bed, or in a lonely, forsaken room - or even down the halls of the
church itself, we can be like the dust and dance in the light.
Regardless of the dark circumstances or testing we face, no matter how dark
the night or grim the news, we can reflect God’s light in that particular
situation. We can express praise and joy, and dance as we are carried in
the warm current of His love and truth! We can be assured that regardless
of the trial or how bleak the future seems, He is always present, always
involved, and fully committed to completing His marvelous work in us!
Oh, yes, about the boy in the shed. My grandparents came home, heard my
cries, and found one tremendously relieved boy as they unlocked the door
and let me out. Okay, so I cried again, but that was a long time ago and I
am just a dusty old grandpa myself now. Yet, I am still determined to find
God’s purpose and grace in all things - regardless how dense the darkness!
I want to focus on His illuminating presence and always be in the light.
Oh, that I would continue to follow the Great Shepherd of my soul and
fulfill His plan by bringing honor and glorify to Him in all things!
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 8:31-33 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us,
who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him
up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
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 9:1-2 “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew
forth all Thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will
sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: IN HIS HANDS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD NEVER FAILS
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry