Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
My good friend and pastor David Niednagel shared this yesterday….
11-16-17 Ps 33:16-22 The size of the army
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you. NIV
Life brings to us many challenges. We try to be prepared, but we cannot control other people or all they can do that will affect us. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed with hopelessness and fear, and that is the signal to put out eyes on the Lord. He alone can do for us what armies, horses, money and power cannot do.
He is looking for those who fear Him more than they fear the events of life (2 Chron 16:9). Verse 18 makes the parallel, that “fearing Him” is the same thing as “hoping in his unfailing love”. It is having such confidence in His reality and presence, that we dare not disappoint Him by acting as if people are more to be regarded than He is. His love and power are greater than that of any person.
:22 tell us we experience His love (hesed) to the degree that we consciously put our hope in Him.
Wonderful, powerful, fearful and loving Lord, thank You for all the times You have protected me and provided beyond anything I could have imagined, and that I am not facing great problems right now. And thank You for the reminder not to trust in the size of my army or resources, but to hope in You, and that to “fear You” is the answer to the fears of this world, and is the way to experience Your unfailing love. Help me consciously place my hope in You each day so that when the trials come I have roots that go deep in You and thereby experience a “peace that passes understanding”. Amen!
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