“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything
to work toward something good and beautiful
when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.”
Romans 8:28 (VOICE)
Do you know certain individuals who can always take the “lemons” in life and make lemonade ~ those people who can seemingly make the best out of the worst situations? You may wonder how they do it. How can they possibly keep a smile on their face and joy in their heart when their world seems to be falling apart? It’s likely that those individuals have a quiet confidence from within ~ the confidence that their Heavenly Father is orchestrating everything in their lives ~ even the bad things ~ to create a beautiful masterpiece.
Let’s face it, life’s not always perfect. No one is immune to the imperfections of this world. Things happen. Mistakes are made. Accidents occur. Tragedy strikes. Relationships fall apart. Diseases spread. Bad decisions lead to terrible outcomes. But regardless of the situation, the Master Craftsman promises His children that He is able to pick up the broken pieces and fashion them into something good and lovely. He is able to take the problems and difficulties in your life and use them for your benefit. Trust that His wisdom is sufficient to weave every detail of your life (both good and bad) into a beautiful pattern, transforming you more into His likeness. As your trust in Him grows, you will spend less time looking backward, wishing things could be different, and more time looking ahead with hope and anticipation of the future He is preparing for you.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7
As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)
Each tiny piece of God’s beautiful creation exemplifies the work of a master artisan. Take a few moments today to get outside and observe some of the intricate details in nature, and you’ll be amazed at the magnificent workmanship of God ~ The Maker of all Things. There are so many awe-inspiring mysteries in nature that we will never fully comprehend ~ like how a baby’s body is formed in a mother’s womb or how a caterpillar metamorphosizes within a cocoon into a beautiful butterfly. Nature plays a very important role in God’s grand plan. In fact the very first verse of the Bible tells us that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIV) And since the very beginning, He has used the creation to point us to the Creator.
“For ever since the creation of the world, His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks).” Romans 1:20 (AMP)
The marvelous creation not only teaches us about God’s divine nature and infinite wisdom, but it also glorifies God on its own. That fact should inspire us to do the same through worship and praise of our Heavenly Father.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness. There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard. Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon. In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun. Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber; like a strong man it enjoys running its course. It emerges from the distant horizon, and goes from one end of the sky to the other; nothing can escape its heat.” (Psalm 19:1 – 6)
The Creator takes great care in watching over His creation, yet nothing in all of creation is more valuable to Him than you. He designed you as a one-of-a-kind original, and He knows each detail of your life…including your name and number of hairs on your head! Never doubt that God loves you dearly and is watching over each moment of your life.
Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29 – 31)
I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them.
Because He bends down and listens,
I will pray as long as I breathe!
Psalm 116:1 – 2 TLB
Imagine this scene: “He bends down and listens”…the Creator of the Universe bends down from heaven to hear the prayer you whisper from your lips…the King of Glory stoops down from His throne to incline His ear to your request…your loving Heavenly Father leans down close enough to listen to the words of His precious child….
This awe-inspiring scene is actually our reality. The blessed truth is that your prayer will always reach God’s ear. He knows your unique voice, and He hears each plea, request, and petition. He listens carefully to each prayer of adoration, thanks and supplication. Not only does He hear your prayers, but He also answers them. He doesn’t always answer them exactly how we think they should be answered, but He answers them according to His best for you.
If you are lonely, God is near. If you are discouraged, God is listening. If you are worried, God is attentive to your cares. If you are afraid, God hears your pleas for help. If you are heartbroken, God is leaning close enough to hear your cries.
“I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them…” Because of this amazing truth, “I will pray as long as I breathe!”
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 NIV
As the New Year dawns, many of us make a noble list of New Year’s Resolutions. A brand new year seems like a gift, a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to turn the page to a new chapter in our lives. We usually start out the month of January with grand intentions and high ambitions, but we find that we often lose that enthusiasm as the days and weeks click past. Our list of resolutions gets buried under the stack of papers that we intended to organize, and we forget about all the things we resolved to do over the next 365 days.
The truth is that we should live each new day with resolve and intent. God has given us a certain number of days to fulfill our life’s purposes, and we should ask Him to give us the grace to understand the important significance of each day (and each moment) that we spend here on earth. Some of us have more time than others, but none of us know the exact amount of time that we have left to complete our life’s mission. We should diligently pray for divine instruction concerning how to use our time throughout the days of our lives. Thoughtful time management is an excellent art whether you’re a business professional, student, homemaker or retiree. God models time management for us when we consider the account in Genesis 1 of His orderly creation of the universe; each day was filled with important tasks and accomplishments, and He even set aside time for rest. When you number your days to good purposes, according to God’s guidance, you will live wisely and your heart and mind will be inclined to achieving God’s mission for your life.
So instead of making a list on the first day of the new year of things you want to accomplish in the next 12 months, you should make a list as you begin each New Day. It might be helpful to write your daily list on a calendar or in a notebook, so that you can look back over the year and see all the things that you and God have accomplished together. Live each New Day as though it were a gift of time, a new beginning, a fresh start, and a chance to fulfill God’s grand purpose. If you order your days according to God’s plan, rather than your own desires, you will feel a divine sense of fulfillment each day of your life, and no moment will be wasted.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
I put all my hope in the Lord.
He leaned down to me;
He listened to my cry for help.
Psalm 40:1 (CEB)
God listens. He recognizes your unique voice and listens intently to what you say. When you speak, He’s paying attention. In fact, the God of the universe cares so much about you that He leans down from heaven to hear you! He is compassionately tuned into whatever you discuss with Him. His ears are attentive to each sound you make…even your faintest, weakest whispers or cries for help. Your voice matters to your Heavenly Father, and He’s never too busy or distracted to listen.
God doesn’t mind if your speech isn’t grammatically perfect or eloquent. He listens no matter what you have to say, even if you stumble over your words when speaking to Him. Tell Him what’s on your mind. Share with Him about the pain or sadness in your heart. Express your fears to Him. Verbalize your hopes and dreams. Convey your desires, and ask Him to meet your needs.
He’s listening, and He cares.
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; Psalm 34:15
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Psalm 116:1
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:19
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”
Psalm 139: 13 – 16 MSG
You are a special creation ~ marvelously made in body and soul by God! No one else on Earth is quite like you. God shaped you from nothing into something, and knit you together, bit by bit, into the extraordinary individual that you are. Like an open book, He watched you grow from conception to birth; He knows the rhythm of your heart, every bone in your body, and every hair on your head.
God created you with a unique purpose in mind, and each one of your days on Earth have been ordained by your Creator. In fact, the days of your life were all prepared for you before you even lived one day. God knows you intimately, inside and out.
He was there from your beginning, and He is with you right now. No matter what you may be going through in life, God loves you and is watching over you every single moment.
You are His Masterpiece!
The Lord your God is in your midst,
A Mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
He will quiet you by His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing.
Take a moment to let the words of this scripture penetrate your mind and permeate your heart. The same Mighty God who created the universe is in your midst. As His child you are never alone. Your Heavenly Father is beside you every step of the way. He is always present in your life. When the going gets tough, He’s not going to bail out.
God loves you unconditionally. He celebrates and sings because of YOU. As a mom of three sons, I know how it feels to “rejoice” over my children. Be assured that my voice will be the loudest one cheering in the stands whenever there’s a home run, touch down or game winning basket. I also celebrate other accomplishments with them such as good grades on a report card, learning a new skill, or making the team. Truthfully, I rejoice over my boys each morning when I wake them up and each time they walk in the door from school. So if an earthly parent can have such joy over her children, I can’t imagine how much more our Heavenly Father, who created each and every one of us, rejoices over all His children.
When you are fearful, hurting or sad, He quiets you and comforts you with His love. Our All-knowing, All-seeing, ever present Lord knows your every need and thought. He senses the pain you may be feeling. He knows your circumstances and understands your fears with complete clarity. Just imagine His divine arms wrapped tightly around you, holding you, consoling you, reassuring you, soothing you and calming all your fears.
God’s word is true. So we can believe without a doubt that the Mighty One who will save is in your midst. He is rejoicing over you. He is quieting you by His love. And your Heavenly Father is singing loudly over you with joy. Acknowledge His presence in your life. Sense His joy and gladness over you. Feel His comfort, and listen for His loud singing throughout your day.