The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me besides the still waters. (Psalm 23:1 & 2)
Yesterday is behind us, tomorrow lies ahead and we can only live for today.
Paul wrote to us a most comforting note concerning anxiety, mental pressure and frustration. God's advice is this, "Brethren' I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians: 3:13 & 14)
Jesus himself advised us that each day has enough evil in it for itself. We need not to be anxious for anything, nor spend our time looking at the mistakes or victories of yesterday or worrying about our tomorrows. Our Lord said, "It is impossible that offenses must come." The Bible also instructs us to pray on these lines: Give us this day our daily bread and forgive. It is impossible for us not to have natural plans; however, God will make the final decision on what will come to pass each day. Because we are his, what ever he decides, we know that our loving heavenly Father gives us the best. When we see our God face-to-face, then we will know how much he has loved us.
Beloved, there is a time and a season for all things. Hold fast to the word of God, love the Lord your God with all your heart and love the brethren. Give thanks and praise for all things and live one day at a time. The rest will do you a world of good. Praise the Lord!
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. ( 1Samuel 16:7 )
According to our Lord, there are two types of hearts that a person may possess. The first one, which we are all born with, is described in Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 9; " the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" What descriptive words Father God uses here: desperately wicked, deceitful above all things and who can know it? I'm reminded of the blind leading the blind. Self-righteousness and self-willed our sisters. Ever speaking, justified in their own course, yet unreasonable toward each and every event. What mysteries and surprises are hidden in the heart of the unconverted.
On the other hand we have a heart that is full of light, life, confidence, song and justifiable wisdom. " And shall believe in thy heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead". ( Romans 10:9 ). This type of heart is one that we are born again into. It can never be produced from our cunning and deceitful heart; but only by the spirit of God.
Did you ever wonder what others would see if they could look into your heart right now? Just think, the Lord is seeing it all the time. Praise the Lord!
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12)
How great is our God and how great is his name. Here we have a most marvelous Scripture. Pastor A J Rowden, of the Evangelistic Center Church in Kansas City, Missouri, embraced this Scripture as one of his favorite. As he would quote it, you could see his face change, right before your eyes; as if he were seeing all this taking place.
Recently, the news media reported that in the field of astronomy, were found galaxies or solar systems billions of light years away. Here we have in the above Scripture this fact, that Father God meted out the heavens with a span. To meter is to measure out and a span is the spread of fingers. Can you imagine that? See for yourself and spread your fingers out. That's how Almighty God measured out the heavens.
I also heard on another news media that if a person breathes deeply, meditates and keeps themselves calm; they should expect a healthier longer life. Jesus said that he will give to anyone who accepts him as Lord and Savior, a peace that the world cannot give. (John 16:33),(John 14:27). As we read the Bible, our mind, body and soul are comforted. (Romans 15:4).
Once again we can see that our loving merciful Heavenly Father, who measured the heavens with a span, has not left us marooned on earth to figure out things for ourselves. He gave us the Bible, that will outlive not only this earth we live on, but the heavens ,He created also. How do I know this? It can be found in the Bible. Praise the Lord!
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
What a most marvelous Scripture we have here. What insight into our eternal future. It seems to embrace all the heaviness of this life and to reveal, in part, the bliss, the paradise, the riches of eternal life. But how can this help us in our present life?
I see here the nature of our God and Father. It's brilliance shining in every word. He is compassionate; touch with our infirmities. Father God knows every tear you and I have shed. Every sorrow we have endured. Every painful happening that occurred in our whole life. Like no one else, even deeper than our own thoughts; God is there!
So when we make prayers, our heart will be lifted; knowing to whom we are speaking. Through your present tears, sorrows and pains; there is a hand that is not shortened. It's no wonder Jesus advised us to, "pray always!' Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder