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The Word For Today

You will get through this

'He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.' Job 8:21 NIV

Sometimes when your heart has been broken, the healing comes first and the answers come later. But when you think about it, wouldn't you rather walk with God in the darkness than walk alone in the light? It's doubtful Job ever fully comprehended all the losses he experienced in life, or why. But there came a time when he was able to look back and say with confidence, 'He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy' (Job 8:21 NIV). And that's God's promise to you too!

Theologian E. Stanley Jones said, 'Anything less than God will let you down.' For every predicament you face in life, God has sufficient grace to carry you through. For every need, he has a supply. For every problem, he has an answer. For every hurt, he has a cure. After recalling everything God had brought him through, Jeremiah concluded, 'There is nothing too hard for you' (Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV). God looks for opportunities to show you what he can do on your behalf when you put your trust in him. David said, 'According to your mercy remember me' (Psalm 25:7 NKJV).

Aren't you glad God's goodness and mercy are based on his character and not yours? Corrie ten Boom said, 'If you want to be depressed, look within. If you want to be defeated, look back. If you want to be distracted, look around. But if you want to be delivered, look up.' So the word for you today is: by God's grace, you will get through this.

Soulfood: 1 Sam 14-15 Matt 27:11-31 Ps 91 Pro 21:28-31,


Be one of the 10 per cent

'Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?' Luke 17:17 NLT

One day Jesus healed ten men of leprosy, which at the time was a death sentence because there was no known cure for it. Amazingly, only one of them remembered to come back and thank him.

What's the story with the other nine? Were they too busy to be thankful? Surely they felt grateful, yet they didn't take time express it. Did they just get caught up in other things and forget? Were they too cautious to be thankful? Maybe they thought their healing wouldn't last, so they wanted to give it time before announcing it. Or maybe they were concerned that Jesus wanted something in return that they were either unwilling or unable to give. Were they too self-centred to be thankful? In some ways, the sick life was a simpler life. Now they had to get a job, take responsibility and play a role in society. Were they too arrogant to be thankful? Maybe they thought that given enough time, they would have recovered by themselves. Plus, to be grateful is to admit to being needy. Who wants to show weakness when you have an image to protect?

If this story is any indication, nine out of ten of us have a problem with gratitude - at least when it comes to expressing it. Don't be like that. Be one of the 10 per cent! In three back-to-back psalms - 105, 106, and 107 - David repeats similar words: 'Give thanks to the Lord; for he is good! For his mercy endures forever.' Don't let a day pass without remembering God's goodness to you and thanking him for it.

Soulfood: Gen 1 Gen 2:1-3 John 1:1-18,


See the bigger picture

'A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.' 1 Corinthians 16:9 NKJV

One day the Chamber of Commerce in a small town invited a successful businessman to come and speak. The local economy was bad and they were discouraged, so his job was to motivate them. He took a large piece of white paper and made a red dot in the centre of it. 'What do you see?' he asked the audience. One person replied, 'I see a red dot.' The speaker said, 'Fine, but what else do you see?' Others chimed in, 'A red dot.' The speaker asked, 'Don't you see anything else besides the dot?' The audience responded with a resounding 'no!' The speaker said, 'You've overlooked the most important thing; you've missed seeing the sheet of paper!' Then he went on to explain that in life we are often distracted by small, dot-like failures and experiences. They keep us from seeing the blessings and successes that are more important than the disappointments that try to monopolise our attention and drain our energy.

Paul wrote, 'A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries' (1 Corinthians 16:9 NKJV). Opportunity and obstacles - they go together like macaroni and cheese or fish and chips. Now, Paul didn't deny the reality of the opposition he faced; he just chose to focus on the opportunity it presented. The poet wrote, 'Two men looked through prison bars. One saw mud, the other stars.'

What are you looking at? Are you so preoccupied with what is that you've lost sight of what can be? If so, you need to step back and ask God to help you see the bigger picture.

Soulfood: 1 Sam 11-13 Matt 26:69 - 27:10 Ps 13 Pro 21:22-27,

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