Isaiah 63:7-8 “I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.”
Almost every form of communication has been used to sway the thoughts of its listeners. Critical thought and critical reasoning are promoted. We are made to believe that everyone and everything is deserving of a severe vetting process. Should they not survive the scrutiny, well then, they aren’t worthy of our consideration.
It is true that the first impression does not always show the real truth of a man. There may be a far better one underneath than we had first experienced. Situation and circumstance may allow seeing the real character in action.
If someone were to describe you, what would they say?
“He is a faithful man.”
“She is kind to all she meets.”
“He is a hard worker.”
“She goes the extra mile.”
But because we listen to critics and critical people, the first things we say aren’t always so flattering.
“She talks too much.”
“His comments are so sarcastic.”
She wears the frumpiest clothes.”
Oh, we’ll follow up with a kind statement, but the damage is done. What the person with whom we are talking will be thinking is the first and not the latter.
So, when we speak of our Heavenly Father, what is it we leave with those with whom we speak?
His mercy, love, and forgiveness.
His bountiful provision.
His salvation, adoption and future home in Heaven.
No matter what trials I have or will have on this earth, I would never want to go through them without the Lord – ever again. The valley may be darker than I have ever seen or never a mountain higher. The oppression more oppressive than I have ever felt and the trial longer than I have endured.
One thing is abundantly clear – without my God at my side, I would never have made it through all that He has carried me through.
He is worthy of praise, honor, and glory. He is worthy of my best given for Him every day. But when I tell others, I must remember to invite them to see what good things God has done for me.
Praise should never be far from the lips of God’s children. We should always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Never forget to widen your vision when going through a trial. We are promised that Heaven is our home and this life is but a little while.
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
I often tell people,
“You have a 100% success rate of making it through every day so far. And should you not make it through today, what is the alternative?”
Others will say,
“There is nothing that I and God cannot handle.”
You have made it to another Sunday; another week. How will this one be different? What will you do to make this week better than your last one?
Get with God and find out… His plan is much better than anything I have ever thought!