Thursday, October 28, 2004

I will go before you

"Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have
put my trust in You." Psalm 143:8a

Without trial, you would not know to trust the Savior. Without
the pain, the help He offers would go unnoticed. So many long to
take the easy way. Yet this is not always God's design.
At times our pathways become treacherous, taking dark and shadowy
turns. We learn to identify with the psalmist as he writes: "Even
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no
evil, for You are with me..." (Psalm 23:4).
God goes before you into each and every trial. He leaves a
trodden path for you to follow. You may walk where danger is
crouched on every side, but you do not walk alone. You may face
being misunderstood, overlooked, and forgotten, but God knows you
and loves you greatly. Keep your eyes on Him. Fix your emotions
on His promises. They are unshakable.
Once you learn to go to Him in times of sorrow as well as
happiness, a new joy will spring up within you. This comes from
an overflow of being in His presence. His presence has the power
to change the way you feel about yourself and others. It can heal
any relationship.
Don't be surprised if you find yourself praising God in desperate
times. Trials bring you to your knees. From this angle all you need
to do is look up into the loving face of the Lord Jesus Christ. It
is there you discover the greatness of God's love and forgiveness.
Praise Him!

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your
name, O Most High; to declare Your loving-kindness in the morning,
and Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2


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