Praise the Lord for another wonderful chance to read and spread the good news to those who don’t know Him and give a reminder to those that do know Him but have taken a vacation from the Word. I have not had a vacation from the Word in a long time, how about you?

Today’s Prayer

Father, it isn’t “love that makes the world go ’round,” is it? It takes people, people like us, to show Your love so that others will ask, “why?” Then we can say, “Because You first loved us.” Oh Lord, give us courage to mention You, for all our loving can’t give someone salvation, or make anyone a NEW BEING — only You can do that. Give us the words to introduce You to others. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

When God Seems Far Away
(guess who moved)

Why, O Lord, do You stand far off? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?Psalm 10:1

Here we are again at God’s banquet table. One of the great mysteries of God is His ways. Some of His ways almost appear to bring us into the most difficult places, as if He were unresponsive to our circumstances. It would appear that He is turning His head from our sorrows. These events in our lives have a particular objective to perform for us. That objective is to bring us to the end of ourselves that we might discover the treasure of darkness. “Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness” (Job 30:26).

When we are taken into these dark periods, we begin to see light that we never knew existed. Our sensitivities become heightened and our ability to see through spiritual eyes is illuminated. Unless we are taken into these times, our souls never develop any depth of character. We don’t gain wisdom, only knowledge. Knowledge is gained through understanding; wisdom is gained through the experience of darkness.

After we go through these periods, we discover that God was, in fact, with us throughout the entire time. It doesn’t feel or appear that He is there when we are in the midst of the dark periods. However, He is there walking with us. He has told us countless times that He will never leave us. However, when we are in those dark periods, it does not feel like He is there because He does not rescue us from the circumstances. He does this for our benefit in order that we might become more like Jesus. Jesus learned obedience from the things He suffered (see Hebrews 5:8). What does that say about how you and I will learn obedience? Embrace the dark times and gain the wisdom that God intends for you from these times.

Quote of the Day

To the one who has given so much to us; give us one more thing – grateful hearts! 

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Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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