Jesus Christ met people where they were . . . not as they “ought to” be. His enemies misunderstood Him, but they couldn’t ignore Him. They hated Him, but were never bored around Him. Jesus was the epitome of relevance. Still is.
From Hebrews 8:10: “This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
God is in full control. Nothing is happening on earth that brings a surprise to Heaven. Nothing is outside the scope of His divine radar screen as He guides us safely home.
From 1 Timothy 1:17: “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Our trials are not superficial or irrelevant. They are vehicles of grace that God uses to bring us growth.
From Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
When we are suffering, only Christ’s perspective can replace our resentment with rejoicing. Our whole perspective changes when we catch a glimpse of the purpose of Christ in it all.
From Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
When you persevere through a trial, God gives you a special measure of insight. You become the recipient of the favor of God as He gives to you, and those who suffer with you, something that would not be learned otherwise.
From Psalm 55:18: “He will redeem me unharmed from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.”
The Pharisees were great on loud, dogmatic commands, lengthy requirements, and drawn-out demands. Oh, how they loved the sound of their own words! But when it came to doing, they struck out. In other words, don’t talk compassion; lend a hand. Don’t pound a pulpit about generosity; give. Just do it.
From James 1:22-24: “But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.”
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God would love to piece together the shattered fragments of your life. But He is waiting . . . graciously waiting until the time is right. Until you recognize your need for Him . . . He’s waiting.
From Proverbs 15:23: “To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!”
Personally, I think a healthy sense of humor is determined by at least three abilities:
- The ability to laugh at our mistakes
- The ability to accept justified criticism–and get over it
- The ability to interject (or at least enjoy) wholesome humor when surrounded by a tense, heated situation
From Proverbs 15:13: “A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.”
Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
From Philippians 4:8: “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Our Lord is ultimately acquainted with all our ways. Darkness and light are alike to Him. Not one of us is hidden from His sight. He sees it all. He knows our frame. He remembers we are dust . . . Best of all, He loves us still.
From Proverbs 10:12: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”