Category Archives: Suffering & God’s Care

Keep your eyes on God

Keep your eyes on God; He never takes His eyes off you.

–Our Daily Bread 7/23/11

Beneath His watchful eye

His saints securely dwell;

That hand which bears all nature up

Shall guard His children well.

–Doddridge

The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalm 33:13-22

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Sufferings of this life

“If we have Him, how much else do we really need?”
–Joni Eareckson Tada, pg. 200, “A Place of Healing”

Just think, whatever our current or future physical condition is or will be, we don’t have to live like this forever!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 18:8

Your Spiritual Pipeline

I am blessed so many times through my daily devotional reading from “Our Daily Bread” from the Radio Bible Class. The one from June 13, 2011, really stood out to me. Here are some excerpts from it. Also, read Psalm 57 from your Bible or on the post for the Psalm.

“The believer’s spiritual pipeline to heaven is built upon firm trust in God…In a crisis, we can make the mistake of shifting our focus from God to our painful circumstances. Our prayer should be, ‘God, I don’t understand why You have allowed this painful situation. But I am trusting in Your ultimate deliverance despite all that’s going on around me’…The psalmist expressed this so well in Psalm 57:1: “My soul trusts in You…until these calamities have passed by.””

“When the earth seems to move under us, let’s be flexible in our expectations but firmly confident in God’s steadfast love and care.”–Dennis Fisher

“God may delay or deny our request, but He will never disappoint our trust.”

Read the whole devotional at:
http://odb.org/2011/06/13/your-spiritual-pipeline/

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.

I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.

He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.

Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.

For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

The Bible Doesn’t Promise

The Bible doesn’t promise believers a life free of pain, difficulty or loss. Christians are not exempt from heartache or disappointment. And sometimes we’ll find that in the midst of periods of joy and blessing will come episodes when we desperately need a renewed perspective.

The Bible promises those who believe in Christ that they will have a Companion on the journey to help, encourage, and strengthen them in whatever may come their way. He is the One who has promised: “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

–From Our Daily Bread, May 2011, The Question of Eternity

ANOTHER PICTURE FOR YOU TO VISUALIZE IN YOUR MIND

In one of the first posts I put on this blog, I asked you to visualize this in your mind. (Visualize This, January 2, 2011)

I find how it is always so amazing to me how God reinforces us with first one verse and then another.

In your mind’s eye, picture this:
The Lord’s wings are over the top of us and He is holding us with His right hand!!!
There we are right in the middle!!! Wow!!!

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10

Now I want you to add to that first mind picture.

We are covered above with the Lord’s wings.

We are covered with His right hand as He holds us.

And He surrounds us completely.

He leads us for He is our shepherd.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 125:2

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 10:14

DOUBLE WOW!!!

Any soldier in combat would love to be under that amazing protection!!!

Always remember, no matter what happens to us in this earthly life, when we are born again Christians, we have this amazing protection!!! AND THIS IS FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVER!!!!!!!

The Cornerstone of a Christian’s Comfort

Alone with His own in the upper room, Jesus tells His disciples:

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14: 1-3

1. Our comfort depends upon our faith in Christ.
2. Our comfort is determined by our future with Christ.
3. Our comfort delivers us from fears because of Christ.

Excellent sermon from Pastor Jim Schettler of First Baptist Church of Santa Maria, CA.
Link is on the side bar. When on their home page, click sermons and scroll to 2/21/2010.