Today’s Worries

20th October

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Matthew 6:34

Jesus, in His wonderful ‘Sermon On The Mount’, shared a lot of key gems to help shape the disciples spiritual lives. The ‘Sermon On The Mount’ also encourages, provokes and challenges believers worldwide to this day and most assuredly, in many more years to come. Jesus’ simple teachings are straight to the point and highlight our need for Him in all we do, in our everyday lives. Perhaps the simplicity and directness of Jesus’ teachings is why they are so popular and often used in sermons worldwide.

One of the gems found in this sermon, is today’s key verse. Jesus highlights to His disciples, the need for trust in Him, for all their provision, and the lack of need to worry. He encourages the disciples to not worry about anything. We too are encouraged to not worry about tomorrow’s problems, however, why is that? Is it because our lives our completely in Jesus’ hands, so therefore we don’t need to worry about anything? Well, yes, for sure. Jesus is our burden carrier, our provider and our hope. But on an even simpler level, which Jesus highlights too, is that “today’s trouble is enough for today”. In other, why further burden yourselves with things that are out of your control today, and with things you haven’t even reached to yet. It is almost like Jesus is saying, ‘yes tomorrow may have many worries, but take each day at a time. Give your burdens daily to Me and let’s work through them day by day’.

Isn’t that a refreshing perspective. If we look at today’s worries and tomorrow’s worries, of course our stress levels will rise, and our Godly perspective on them will start to become blurry. Yet if we take one day at a time, each day giving that day’s worries and troubles to Jesus, don’t our worries become less stressful?! Moreover, when we give our daily worries and struggles to Jesus, the load becomes manageable as we invite Jesus into all we are doing, giving Him our daily worries and stresses for that day.

God’s Timing

19th October

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14

The great teacher of the book of Ecclesiastes once told us that for ‘everything there is a season, a time for every activity under the sun.’ (3:1) Yet the hardest thing in life, is knowing that God has called you do to something, or has promised something, and waiting for God’s timing to do or receive it. It can so often feel like a long process and sometimes we wish that God would work to our time schedules, as if we know best. However, the truth is that God always knows best and everything always works out according to His perfect timing, not ours.

The Psalmist too, knew about waiting patiently for God’s divine plans. He was anointed to be the King by the prophet Samuel, after the kingship was ripped away from the rebellious Saul. Yet from the time David was anointed to be king, to the moment he actually became King, commentators say was around 15 years. During that time, he had to deal with Saul’s jealously towards, the constant threat of death, traitors in his own camp, and a rebellion from his own family for his kingship. If anyone is qualified to write about waiting for God’s timing, then surely it is David. Yet here in today’s verse, David advises his readers to not rush God’s timing but to wait patiently for the Lord to pull through.

Today if you are waiting for God’s direction, then wait patiently for His perfect timing. Be brave. Be courageous. God will come through. Just trust Him. “Yes, wait patiently for the Lord!”

Jesus Is Life

18th October

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this…..?(Jesus talking to Martha).”

John 11:25-26

Do you believe Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Do you trust Jesus enough with your own death; that when you die physically, you will live eternally with Him? The security we get from answering yes to the previous questions, can be found in the knowledge of knowing who Jesus truly is.

Jesus’ question to Martha, in verse 26, is a challenging question that we too must ask ourselves. Do we truly believe that death is not the end but the beginning? If we can boldly answer yes to that question, then we can say that we have understood God’s grace and have put our trust in Jesus with our lives and in our deaths. When we fully accept God’s gift of grace and His unconditional love, we can have full assurance that when we breath our last breath on this earth, eternal life in Christ awaits us. A life where there is no pain, suffering or sadness.

Yet Jesus also calls us to be LIFE here on this earth. He calls us to be life where there is death, both spiritually and physically. We are Jesus’ ambassadors on this earth, His representatives. Wherever He went when He was physically alive on this Earth, He brought life. We too as bearers and beacons of this life and light, are leading people to a Saviour who is LIFE.

This Is The Day

17th October

This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

You may remember today’s Bible verse from the wonderful Sunday School songs you used to sing as a child. Maybe you didn’t even realise that it was from the Bible, yet as with most Sunday school songs, Biblical verses are used in song to help remember them. Yet today’s verse is so deep on so many levels.

Firstly, just read it as it is! This verse challenges us to rejoice in God, rejoice in the day God has given to us, despite of the circumstances around us, because it is a day He has given to each of us. It is His appointed day for you. A gift, a treasure and an opportunity to praise God. Know that whatever you are waking up to today, it is a gift and we will rejoice in that.

Secondly, it is a prophetic voice used to speak to the Psalmist’s readers. In the previous verses the Psalmist talks of a ‘stone that the builders rejected’ that has now ‘become the cornerstone’. We now know as New Testament readers, words that Jesus Himself alluded to, that the stone that was rejected was Jesus, who has now become the cornerstone of our faith; the unshakeable, unbreakable foundation on which our faith is built. Isn’t it amazing that God revealed this to the Psalmist, who knew what joyous news it would be; that the rejected One was whom God prepared to be our Salvation and our Cornerstone. Surely that is something to rejoice about too. This is truly the day of salvation! Let us rejoice in it and be glad.

The Lord Is With YOU – Now And Forever

15th & 16th October

Weekend Edition

This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!”

Joshua 1:9

When Moses finally handed over the leadership of Israel to Joshua, the task to lead the people into all God had for them was a daunting one. Yet God in His grace encouraged Joshua with these words,This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!Joshua was young and faced a daunting task of leading so many people. Yet, through God’s grace and promise to never leave him, he was able to walk in the light and under God’s blessings throughout his life. He held onto God’s promises and benefited from staying in the light of God.

Our paths may not have a clear end but we can be guaranteed that on our journey, God is with us every step of the way. His light lights up our path and when we stay in Him, and in His words, and in His promises, they too become a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. Don’t be afraid, don’t be discouraged. Our great God is with you every step of the way. Today’s promise was given to Joshua but also is an encouragement for us too!

The Lord Is With YOU

14th October

Tomorrow, march out against them. . . . . But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

2 Chronicles 20:16a, 17

The three most common words heard among Christians in times of crisis are: “Lord, do something!” It is totally against our nature as human beings to stand still and do nothing when we face perplexing trials. In fact, waiting patiently for God to act is probably the most difficult thing about the Christian walk. Even devoted believers panic when the Lord doesn’t move according to their timetable. We constantly give God deadlines and time limits. We cry, “Lord, when are you going to do something about this? How long will it take? If you don’t act now, it will be too late!” But God is never too late. He always acts – and not according to our schedule, but His.1

Yet again God proved that victory is in Him and in His time when He again protected the Nation of Israel from their foes. With enemies quickly approaching King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites, the only thing the helpless King could do was to cry out to God to once again save His people. “We do not know what to do but we are looking to You for help” (Verse 12b). Yet again God showed how much He loved His people but giving them victory over their enemies without the Israelites even having to fight. He proved that in His time, in His way and His order, He will give His people victory; All they needed to do was to stand still and see God’s victory.

Friends that is the God we serve. Victory is already won in Him. All we need to do is receive it, walk in it and live it out in our lives. Yet above all we must remember that God always acts in His time, because He is always fully in control. Our role is to be patient in prayer, steadfast in our faith and bold in our trust. Watch and see God’s victory!

Just Stay Calm, Watch And See

13th October

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus 14:13-14

God lovingly and graciously saved the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians in one of the most amazing and faith building miracles in the whole of the Bible. God miraculously parted the Red Sea and allowed more than 1,000,000 Israelites to walk through safely and un-harmed. Doesn’t that just blow your mind? A few moments before they were moaning, complaining and full of despair. But God, yet again, showed how much He loved His chosen people and spared their lives. This wonderful miracle is remembered both in the writings in the Bible, but also across the whole world more than 2000 years later.

Yet something that stands out above all is Moses’ encouraging words to the Israelites; Be calm, stand still and watch the Lord rescue you. What powerful words of faith and complete and utter trust in God Almighty. Did God deliver? Was Moses’ trust in the right place? Absolutely, 100%. Moses’ words where confirmed when the people of Israel just stood and watched God part the seas to make a safe path for them.

Today, whatever you are faced with, just stand still, be calm and watch God part your Red Sea. Put your trust wholly in God and watch Him pull through. He is gracious, kind and powerful and He is fighting for YOU!!!!