Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. Psalm 138:7
Fruits and vegetables that are picked off of a tree only have a short time to be of any real value. Depending on the temperature of where they are stored, will depend on how long they may last to be edible.
During the high heat of summer, most vegetables and fruit will not last more than a few days, then they will rot and go bad. However, one can preserve them by canning them. Mixed with certain ingredients, they can withstand the heat and survive on the shelf for months, even years.
David was being attacked by people on all sides. As this was happening, God was still preserving his life and saving him. God would attack his enemies in the end.
Just as fruit and vegetables go through times of trouble with the heat, believers have times of struggle and danger. The world seeks to take down every believer and destroy him. The world is angry with every believer, because the believer goes against what the world wants and thinks.
Yet, God fills the believer with His Holy Spirit to preserve him and strengthen him during the times of trouble and attacks. The physical life may or may not be preserved, but the soul is kept intact.
God raised His right hand, Jesus, to fight against the attacks of the enemy. Sin was defeated upon the cross. There is now no more condemnation, but love and forgiveness, that the world does not understand.
This does not stop the trouble, but gives strength in the midst of it. Just as with the fruits and vegetables, canning does not stop the heat, but still preserves the food for later use, God is preserving the believer for a greater good.
Know that as you are walking in the middle of times of trouble and hardship, God is with you and is preserving you. His love will not let you go.
You may lose parts of your body and life, but your spirit will live on with God. Trust in what Jesus has done for you and will continue to do for you.
Don’t give in to the fear of the enemy, but hold on to God. Be filled with His Holy Spirit so that you may be preserved for a great work for God and an eternity in heaven.
I pray today that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will trust God’s preservation; that you will trust God’s forgiveness; and that you will know God’s presence in the midst of trouble.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. Psalm 14:5
Fear is something that most people do not like to talk about it. They want to appear as though they are in control and have nothing to fear. Yet, most people have some fear.
Having fear can cause a person to do some crazy things. Fear of catching a disease or sickness, will cause some people to wipe down everything before they will touch it. It will cause some people to go through bottles of hand wipes trying to keep their hands clean. It will cause some to go way out of their way in order to avoid someone or an area that they fear.
David talked about how the evildoers, the world, work at devouring God’s people. While they were doing this, the evildoers were filled with dread, because God was present with the righteous.
Jesus had promised that the world would hate His followers and that His followers would be persecuted. This is something that is happening all over the entire world. The world is against His people.
Satan and the world is against believers, because God is present with them. God’s presence brings about a conviction that they (the world) are not living correctly. No one wants to be told they are living in the wrong. This challenges their way of living.
Rather than changing, they fight against God and His people. They are afraid of change. They are afraid that God’s people will overcome and turn people towards God. People fear that they will have to change their way of living, so they will fight against believers. They do not see the full love of God and the value of change needed in their lives.
As people go against you-a believer-know that they are doing it out of fear. If they really saw the love of God, they would not fear you or any other believer.
Be willing to show love, so that they have no real proof of hatred or anything to fear. Love can draw them towards God, but until they are drawn, they will fear the change and fight against God. They attack and hate out of fear and dread. They are scared at what God’s church can do.
Overwhelm this world with love so that they can see God. Know that they are acting out of fear, but God is with you. You are on the winning team.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will remove all fear of others; that God will remove all fear in your life of His will for your life; that you will know the power of God in your life; and that you will not fear the world.
Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4
It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.
Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.
One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.
Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.
Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.
Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.
Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.
Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?
I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life.
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2
Seeking someone out can be challenging. People move and travel all over the world. Once one loses contact with someone and they have moved, finding them again is often very difficult.
It can get even more difficult if the person does not want to be found. Over the years there have been wealthy people who have hidden for a time, not wanting to be found. Although with the internet, it is easier to find someone, it is still very difficult.
Asa had become king of Judah and led the people back to God. Azariah, a prophet, came to him and told him that if he seeks God, He will be found. He also said that as long as he was with God, God would be with him.
People like to have certain people around all the time. They do not like to be separated for anything, but separation does occur. Life happens and things change. God does not change or move.
While many people try to claim that God is not real, He is real. He cannot be found, unless one is seeking Him out. Unlike many people, God does want to be found by every person. God desires to have a close relationship with every person on the earth, regardless of one’s past.
Having that relationship is the reason why Jesus came to earth and died upon the cross. He made it able to cleanse a person of sin, so that he could be in the presence of God.
Just as with Asa, God is not hiding from you. He is right there next to you waiting for you to seek Him out. He will not force Himself upon you, but will wait for you to want Him. As soon as you begin seeking for Him, He will allow Himself to be found.
This opens the door to a great relationship that will last for eternity. Once you find Him, God will not leave you or forsake you. Only you can leave the relationship, God won’t leave it.
Take time today to seek God out. Make Him a part of every moment of every day.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will continually seek for God; and that you will never forsake God.
So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams’ horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. 1 Chronicles 15:28
As a famous singer or band comes out on stage for a concert, the people go crazy. They shout and scream with excitement at the idea of the singer coming out. They are excited to see the person or band.
People love to be in the presence of someone famous. The closer they are to the celebrity, the more excitement there is. Many want to be as close as possible. Some will even fight to get closer, just so they can say they were near the person.
For a number of years, the ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines. Then as they began to bring it back, an accident occurred, causing them to leave it out of the city. Finally, David was able to go and bring it back to Jerusalem.
As they were bringing the ark back into the city, the people were shouting, dancing and making a lot of noise. They were excited for it to be back. The ark meant God’s presence was back with them. They had the hand of God’s favor on them again and there was no holding back the excitement.
Believers can have God’s presence with them every day. Yet, many do not show any joy in their lives at what they have. They let the cares and fears of this world to overcome them, stealing their joy.
God’s presence, means that the believer has the King of the universe in their presence. This should bring joy and excitement, a joy and excitement that cannot be contained. One should be willing to shout it out loud what is happening. Let the world know that God’s presence is there.
God’s presence is also with you, if you are trusting in Jesus. Open your eyes and heart to see and know His presence with you. Then realize Who is really with you.
With God’s presence in your life, you will have victory over this world. There is peace and a joy that the world cannot understand.
As you allow God’s presence in your life, let the excitement and joy begin to show. Let the world know that God is with you. Be willing to shout and dance with joy at God’s presence. God is in the house today!
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know the joy of knowing God; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; and that you will let the world know who Jesus is.