Job 3:25-26 ” What I fear has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest but only turmoil.”

Job had realized the possibility of trouble coming into his life prior to his suffering, showing he had not taken all of God’s Blessings for granted.

Troubles will come into our lives…but it is how we react to them that God is looking for. What do we fixate on, the trouble or the Lord? It’s sometime so very difficult to remember in the midst of chaos that God is still in control. But regardless of the situation or how desperate it appears, He is still not only in control, but has total authority over it. So take heart!

Ezekiel 3:14 ” The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit with the strong hand of the Lord upon me.”

God was calling Ezekiel to be a Prophet to the Jewish people in Jerusalem, but instead of being overjoyed with the prospect, Ezekiel was angry, sad, and indignant of what lie ahead. God had His hand in the middle of Ezekiel’s back forcefully pushing him ahead to his destiny. How many times do we think we know the path God has for us , only to be pushed in the opposite way. Do we go happily or with anger and resentment? That strong hand in the middle of your back pushing won’t change… only your attitude about it!

Matthew 15:22 ” A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to Him, crying out, ‘Lord, son of David, have mercy on me.’ “

“Have mercy on me”… This Greek word- Eleeo- is often and inadequately defined as merely clemency for holding back a deserved punishment, when in reality it means to relieve or remove the suffering. This Greek word is used especially to signify God’s salvation in which He acts to reverse the adverse effects of sin. Our sins are not just forgiven, but they are removed as far as the East is from the West. The Lord’s mercy towards us has nothing to do with us, our predicament, or even how good or bad we are…it is because of His great mercy towards us that we are saved. We can do nothing to change His mercy towards us. Thank you Lord for having mercy on me today!

Daniel 6:17 ” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den and the king sealed it with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.”

Sometimes God will do just that to us. He will take away our control over a situation. He will orchestrate circumstances that will hem us in and cover us over like a large stone. Then finally, He will seal it all up…so that our situation might not be changed…by us or other human hands. But be encouraged, this is the time when miracles happen. Miracles that baffle doctors and logical thinking. Things that only a mighty God can accomplish. So do not despair the stone over your life today, instead anticipate a miracle!

Daniel6:21 “Daniel answered,My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me,because I was found innocent in His sight.”

If Daniel was blameless in God’s eyes, why did he still have to endure a night in the lion’s den? If he was innocent in the Lord’s sight why wasn’t Daniel taken out of the horrific situation? The angel may have closed the mouths of the lions,but they were still slinking around sniffing and drooling.  Sometimes you too will have to spend a night in the lion’s den through no fault of your own. You also may be innocent in His sight,but will still have to endure those menacing lions for a bit. But take heart, the Lord is still with you during those trying times…keeping the lions at bay.

Matthew 10:27- “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight.”

We all go through confusing,dark times in our lives- times when God seems very distant. These are the times when we need to listen. Hearing becomes more acute in the dark…so listen. The Lord has a important message to give you. A message so important that only after you have come out of the darkness will you be able to fully understand and share with others the wonderful truths He revealed during those dark times.

Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

God’s presence is right there in the midst of you right now!  This powerful verse should be read with your name inserted within these glorious declarations of God’s love towards us.  He is with you, He delights in you, He loves you, and He rejoices over you.  Allow God’s affirmation of His love for you fill you today.

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