How is it possible to praise the Lord at all times? Life is hard. Problems and worries come uninvited and unexpected and certainly don’t leave us in a mood to praise. But, that’s the point. I cannot worry and praise at the same time.
In this passage, Paul calls himself the least of the apostles, not even deserving to be called an apostle. When he writes to Timothy, he calls himself the chief of sinners. (1 Tim. 1:15) In his past, Paul wreaked havoc on the church, breathing out murderous threats! Because of his past, he knew better than anyone what forgiveness meant.
If your Christian experience is anything like mine, you find yourself walking in a fog at times. You need clarity for decisions and direction. Even the great Apostle Paul who wrote so much of the New Testament said, “Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
How do you get through the valley? We’ve all been there at one time or another; and, if you haven’t, hold on because you will be. This fallen world in which we live is a passing shadow described by David as the valley of the shadow of death. Beyond his description, David gives us insight into how we get through the valley.
Have you ever prayed for strength? Strangely enough, sometimes, our prayers may hinder our faith more than help it grow. So, let’s examine our prayer lives for a minute. Are they filled with faith? One of the greatest expressions of faith in prayer is thanksgiving.
Would you, like Abraham, leave the security of where you were and set out on a journey if you did not know where you were going? Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? That’s the kind of faith that honors God! To do what Abraham did, you would have to be absolutely convinced that the God who called you loved you and was able to sustain you and lead you.
Real faith involves belonging as well as believing! You belong in God’s family, His household, with every other Christian! Your citizenship has been upgraded! You share a dual citizenship with this world and heaven! Here’s how the Bible describes what happens that moment you put your trust in Jesus:
When you’re waiting on God to come through, do you wait anxiously or expectantly? It’s natural to become anxious when we must wait. But, when we trust God’s timing, faith creates an attitude of expectation! We can expect Him to come through! He always honors His promises!
One of the great challenges of faith is synchronizing our time with God’s time. Learning to operate on God Standard Time (GST) comes only when we align our heart with His and trust His perfect timing. For most of us, that involves waiting.
Have you ever been in a hurry when God wasn’t? Let’s admit it, we all hate to wait! The Prophet, Habakkuk, was no exception. In the first verse of Habakkuk chapter two, he filed his complaint to God and said, “I will climb my watchtower now and wait to see what answer God will give to my complaint.”