Psalm 13:5 Trust Unfailing Love

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But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Psalm 13:5

Trusting in something is what most people do, however, what they trust in is different for most people. Some people trust in their government, while others will not trust them. Some trust their spouse, while others are not trusted. Many will trust in their jobs and retirement account, while many will not.

The challenge with most of the things that people trust in, is that those things can and will fail. They will fall short of what is expected at some point or another. A job can look real good and provide a good secure income for many years, but then suddenly fold and lose everything. Things and people will fail.

David starts out this psalm thinking that God has abandoned him as he cries out to Him. In this verse, David claims that regardless of God’s silence, he will trust in His unfailing love and rejoice in the salvation He provides.

In every believer’s life there are times when God appears to be silent, especially during a difficult challenge in life. If anything bad can happen, it seems to happen. Crying out to God feels like one is in a locked padded cell and no one can hear the cries.

At this point, this is where faith and trust in God comes in. One has to trust in His perfect unfailing love. There is only one thing in this universe that is truly eternal and that is God, and God is love. So, love is eternal. It will never fail. And God’s love is perfect.

God will never do anything that is not done in love. He will not allow anything in the life of a believer that is not allowed out of love. Knowing this, a believer can trust that God can hear him and will take care of him, no matter what the situation.

Going through your life, there will be times God seems to be silent. Rest in the fact that God is love and loves you with an eternal, undying love. His love for you is perfect. He will never do anything to harm you.

When this world throws ugly situations your way, focus on His perfect love.

When you cry out to God, and He does not appear to listen or hear you, remember He loves you.

Then rejoice in the salvation He is giving or going to give you. God loves you!

I pray today that you will know God’s perfect love; that you will know God’s provision; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

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Job 32: 18-20 A Need To Speak

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For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply. Job 32:18-20 

Most people like to have their say in a situation. They want their voice to be heard. Looking on the television, one can find dozens of talk shows, talking about everything and anything. People like to talk.

Some people think about what they have to say before they say it, while others just blurt out what they want to say. These words can have either positive or negative effects on others, depending on what was said and how it was said.

There is nothing wrong with desiring to speak. God made people to speak.

Elihu, another friend of Job’s, chose to speak up. He was a younger person and so waited to speak. Now as he speaks, he points out that he is full of words and just needs to have his say, that he can wait no longer. He feels as if what he has to say is very important.

Having this feeling of needing to say something is something every believer should have. Inside of every believer is a message that every person in this world needs to hear. That message is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God loves every one and wants to save them.

This message should be so important to the believer, that it bubbles up inside of him and needs to be let out. The words need to be spoken as often as possible to every one possible. There are nearly eight billion people on this planet, the majority of whom have never heard the message of Jesus. That word needs to be spread.

As a believer in Jesus, your heart should be breaking at seeing people lost in this world. You will not be able to reach everyone around the entire world, but you can reach people that you meet each day.

Your heart should be filled so much with God’s love that it is overflowing with words to tell people about Jesus. It should compel you to speak up and let people know the truth.

Do not allow fear to stop you from speaking. Let God’s love for you and others strengthen you to speak up give the gospel message today.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that God will open your eyes to see the need to be a witness of Jesus; that God will give you the words to speak; and that God will give you the boldness to speak.

Job 24:1 Where Is God’s Judgement?

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Why does the Almighty not set times for judgement? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days? Job 24:1

Looking out on this world there are crimes being committed each and every day. Those who abide by the rules often wonder why these crimes are allowed. They want to know where are the police when things are done wrong.

This can often be seen on the highways. One person is driving in a very dangerous manner and there does not appear to be a policeman around to stop him. Another person drives two miles over the speed limit by accident and gets stopped and a ticket. Judgement against the crimes does not seem to appear.

Job was seeing this type of action occurring. People were rebelling against God, refusing to obey Him, yet, nothing was happening. Job was striving to follow God with all of his heart and nothing but bad was occurring. He begins to wonder why God has not set a time to judge the wicked.

Questioning why God does not judge the wicked is a question people ask even to this day. The world thinks that they are getting away with their sin, because nothing is happening to them.

God is not quick to judge and punish people. He is patient and loving, merciful and full of grace. He does not want anyone to be punished or condemned, but all brought to salvation and a change of heart and actions. God is very quick to forgive and restore, where man is quick to judge and destroy.

In reality, if God were to be quick and judge every person for their sins, then there would be no one alive on this planet. Every person has sinned so much that punishment and death would have to be immediate.

If it were not for God’s love, grace and patience, you would not be here today. You would not have had the chance to be a believer and a child of God.

Allow God to fill your heart with His love for all people, even those who are have committed the worst crimes against humanity. Rather than seeking judgement against them, seek to be a witness of Jesus to them. Believe that God can change lives.

Living like this gives people a chance to believe in Jesus. So don’t ask when God is going to judge them,  but ask when will He save them.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and patience; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will seek to bring people to Jesus; and that God will fill you with His love and patience for all people. 

Nehemiah 10:39 Don’t Neglect God’s House

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The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeeper and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39 

Buildings are often neglected, especially when they get older. Little things start to go wrong and they are ignored. Large problems occur and people move out. They don’t want to deal with the problems and so they abandon the place and neglect its needed care.

This can happen because one believes it is someone else’s responsibility or they don’t want to take the time or resources to maintain the building. They ignore the problems, until it is too late and the building is condemned.

As the Israelites were rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem, they took an oath to not  neglect the house of God, the temple. They took an oath to bring in all the required tithes and offerings throughout the year.

While there is a physical church building today, there is still a house of God that is even greater than the building. Each and every believer is a temple of God and all believers together make up the house of God. While people often take care of the physical church building, many will neglect the house of God in themselves or in others.

They don’t take time to study His word, or pray, or be filled with His Holy Spirit and presence. They reject what God has to tell them in search for personal pleasure. They choose to not take time to have a relationship with God.

The people had to bring in: the grain, this is God’s word to feed a believer; the wine, this is the new covenant of salvation brought about by Jesus; and the olive oil, this is the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

As a believer, you must have these things in your life. Your body is now a temple of God and must be cared for. Having these things in your life, will ensure that all is taken care of in your spiritual body, the temple of God.

Don’t neglect your spiritual body, or it will fall into ruin and bring about a spiritual death. God wants you to have life to the fullest. Accept what He has for you and don’t neglect it.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will have a hunger to be fed with God’s word; and that you will not neglect God’s temple in your life or in others. 

Ezra 3:11 A New Foundation

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With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Ezra 3:11 

The foundation of the house is one of the most important parts of the building it. It is the foundation that holds the rest of the house up. It must be strong and well built to endure. If the foundation is weak, the house will fall. 

There is always a lot of excitement in the beginning of building a new building, whether it is a house or a business. Many times people hold a great celebration with the breaking of the ground to begin laying the foundation. It is the end of a lot of planning and designing and the beginning of the actual building process.

The Israelites had been put into captivity in Persia, but the king allowed them to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple that had been destroyed. As they laid the foundation, all the people rejoiced very loudly. They were excited at the idea of the temple being rebuilt. It showed them that God was still with them despite what had occurred. It represented the foundation of God in their lives and nation.

Since then the foundation and temple has changed. People are the temple and it is no longer a physical foundation, but one that is built upon Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection is the foundation of the new temple, the heart and life of a person.

Every time a person turns to Jesus, all of heaven is rejoicing in the salvation being done. There is also great rejoicing when a believer, who has strayed away, turns back to Jesus. His foundation is being re-set. The life is no longer built on the shifting foundation of this world and sin, but upon Jesus Christ and His righteousness.

Now is the time to build your foundation of your life on Jesus Christ. If you have never built the foundation, you can start now. If you had built it on Jesus, but let it fall in disrepair, you can return to Jesus and have it rebuilt. Allow your entire life to be built on Jesus and His teachings. It is a firm foundation that will stand for all eternity.

As the foundation is built in your life, rejoice greatly, because God is with you. His love endures forever and He is good.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will be built upon the foundation of Jesus; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will know God’s love and presence in your life.