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Friday, January 27, 2023
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Trust in the Lord and commit your work to Him, and everything you do will succeed exactly as planned. At least, that’s the way we’d like to read this verse. But thankfully, we serve a God whose thoughts are above our thoughts, and whose plans are better than anything we could have come up with. His plans often look confusing to us, but in the end the Lord creates something better than we could have imagined. For that reason, this verse emphasizes the importance of putting our trust in God, rather than relying solely on our own abilities and understanding. When you submit to God and trust Him with your work, He is able to bring about His perfect plan… often in ways that you would never expect.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
Consider and reflect upon the difficult times in your life. God saw all of them coming, and He knows what you will face tomorrow. Your circumstances, whether past, present, or future, are in the hands of God, and through every hardship He will outdo the bad with His goodness and grace. By accepting that you cannot know everything about your future, it becomes easier to be content and grateful for the present moment. As believers, we can be thankful in all circumstances, recognizing that God is sovereign and that everything happens for a reason. Through the good times and the bad, thank the Lord for all that He has done, and for the way He works all things together for good.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Wisdom is valuable; valuable enough that it was King Solomon’s one request to God. It’s the ability to discern what is right and wrong, just and unjust, and to make daily decisions that are pleasing to God. Wisdom is knowing how to live the way God wants you to live, avoiding the pitfalls that many others walk into. Pursue wisdom, and pray, like Solomon, that the Lord would give it to you. Study the word of God and meditate on Christ’s teachings, applying the lessons to your daily life. By living wisely, you’re following God’s instructions on how to live a good life; one with a hope and a future.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
If we aren’t in control of the future, what right do we have to boast about what the future will bring? The Word reminds you of how important it is important to focus on the present moment, knowing that the future is up to the Lord. Be mindful of how you are living your life today: are you making a conscious goal to please the Lord with what you do and say? Are you looking for opportunities to do good and share the gospel? Strive to be faithful with the time, opportunities, and resources that God has given you today, and then simply trust in Him for tomorrow.
Monday, January 23, 2023
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Salvation happens the moment you put your life in Christ’s hands, but the process of becoming more like Christ is a lifelong journey. When you accept Jesus, He begins transforming you from the inside out, melting away sin and turning you into the person He wants you to be. You’ll face challenges as you grow and mature, but God doesn’t leave jobs half-done; He promises to complete the good work He started in you. If you keep your eyes on Him, He will see you through any storm, and you’ll come out stronger for it. Through prayer and reliance on the Holy Spirit, you will continue to be transformed into the image of Christ.
Friday, January 20, 2023
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
It’s certainly hard to be nice to people when they aren’t good to you, but that doesn’t change what God’s word says about being kind. Christ commands you to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, especially when they don’t deserve it. In His darkest hour, Jesus even asked God to forgive those who were nailing Him to a cross. If you want to follow Him, live as He did, giving and expecting nothing in return. The Bible promises that whether in this life or the next, your reward will be great, and you will be called a child of the Most High.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Love is a force that goes completely against our nature. You’re wired to please yourself, but out of love, you’ll care for someone else’s needs regardless of your own. Kindness is a wonderful thing, but if it isn’t rooted in love, what’s the point? Love is what sets Christ and His children apart from the rest of the world; we love because He first loved us. Pray every day that the Lord would give you opportunities to show kindness to people, and that He would give you the same love for them that He has for you. Showing that you care can brighten someone’s entire day, but it’s not about the act: it’s about the heart.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
Chances are you aren’t a malevolent villain with no regard for the feelings of others. Those kinds of characters are the ones you probably think of when you imagine a “cruel” person, but being mean is something we’ve all done. When somebody gets your order wrong or says something that pushes your buttons, it feels good to repay wrong with wrong. But in the end, hate just leads to more hate, and the cycle is bound to continue until someone has the grace to forgive. Be kind to others and show them the same grace that Christ shows you every day.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
It’s easy to say kind things that you don’t mean. A simple “I hope you’re doing well,” or “I’m praying for you,” can go a long way, but only when it’s true. When you show kindness to people, you shouldn’t do it just to check off a box during your day; selfless acts come from the heart, and from your relationship with God. Love people, and care for them more than yourself. Pray with the people that need it and help to bear their sadness as a brother or sister in Christ. However, you decide to show true kindness to others, show it not just through words, but through your actions.
Monday, January 16, 2023
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
All human beings were created by God and are loved deeply by Him. But one hundred years ago, not all people in our country were viewed as “created equal.” The brave men and women who fought for their freedom understood that we are all equally sinful, equally valuable, and equally forgiven in the eyes of God. The color of your skin doesn’t matter; we are all one in Christ Jesus. If it’s the Lord’s will that none should perish, then everyone deserves to be treated with the dignity and kindness befitting a child of God.
Friday, January 13, 2023
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Every time you go through something, whether it’s easy, hard, or just not your favorite thing, look at each situation as a chance for the Lord to mold you. A chance for God to shape you into someone stronger, with a faith that cannot be shaken. If you learn and grow from your experiences, you’re giving Christ the opportunity to make you more like Him. Having that perspective when life gets tough allows you to come out from the other side better for it, knowing that He is working in you. If you are the clay, God is the potter; we are all the work of His hand.
Thursday, January 12, 2023
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I think that we as Christians often hesitate to listen to that little voice. The voice that says, “you should pay for the person behind you in the drive through,” or “that person looks down, you should go talk to them.” You’ve probably heard it, and you’ve probably forced yourself to ignore it because the suggestions seem silly or unnecessary. But sometimes you need to leave your comfort zone and trust that voice, even if you don’t see the benefit of what you are doing right now. Little acts of kindness can go a long way toward impacting someone more than you know. God has a plan for every kind act, and we can be His hands and feet by listening to His voice.