All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.
2 Samuel 14:14 NLT
We don’t see the big picture as we live our lives day to day. We might have plans and keep a fraction of a big picture in our heads as we make decisions, but what we see is only a tiny slice. For every ripple in the pond we create, we only see or anticipate a couple rings…God sees it all, beginning to end.
We can’t understand why things happen when they do or why good people suffer. We can’t understand why bad people seem to be rewarded, or why no matter how hard we try, things just don’t seem to work out as we want.
There is some good news though. We don’t have to understand everything, we’re not even meant to. There is a measure of relief and freedom in that.
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Proverbs 20:24 NLT
Most people simply can’t handle being praised without succumbing to a measure of pride. The degree to which we fall varies depending on the situation, but few people are truly able to refuse the praise for long. Even when we attempt to direct the praise to God, where all praise belongs…true humility is a rare thing.
When God uses a person to accomplish something noteworthy or good, that person faces a test. Praise, fame, acclaim…suddenly that person finds themselves in a position of temptation. It feels good to be recognized for our good deeds or actions. But there comes a point when, after giving the glory to God a few times, the person may just smile and say thank you rather than pointing to God.
Pride enters and it is a sin.
When you keep the glory for yourself rather than giving it to God, that is a sin.
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
Proverbs 27:21 NLT
Physical pain and injury is so much easier to recover from than emotional pain. With physical injury, you can take active steps to healing. See the wound, clean the wound, treat the wound, bandage it, and you see daily progress of healing.
Not so with injury to your spirit. It’s like being blind and fumbling through the pain to try and find relief. Is there progress? Who knows? You can’t see the wound to assess it. Will it ever end?
While you can self treat many physical injuries, you are helpless when it comes to spiritual ones. You need a healer with 20-20 vision. You need someone you can trust. Someone who knows the inner workings of the spirit.
There is only One healer for the spirit. The One who created it.
God is our Master Healer.
Men/women get degrees to learn how to adjust the way people think and feel and while they do offer some help in coping with emotions and thoughts, they cannot heal the spirit.
Only God can cure a crushed spirit, because the spirit is of God.
The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?
Proverbs 18:14 NLT
What an honest way to open a prayer!
There are times I feel just like this…too stupid to be human…totally worn out and tired from life.
And God is there, silent and strong, for me.
He can be there for you too.
The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense.
Proverbs 30:1-2 NLT
Some days God gives us insight when we read His word. Other days He fills us with feelings. And some days we simply sit in awe of Him and all of His creation.
The love of God is amazing and meant to be shared.
Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
Psalms 65:8 NLT