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God’s Comfort Is Never Far Away

Some days are harder than others; in fact, some days, it is tough to just put one foot in front of the other. We might even feel as though no one understands our problem and that we have to go it alone. However, when we find ourselves struggling this way, we simply need to turn to God as He will guide us through. With His help, we can face tomorrow with renewed hope and happiness.

 

Here are 3 ways to find your way when things seem bleak:

  1. Know that with God, there is always a tomorrow. When Elijah visited a widow during the drought, he learned that she was planning to make one last meal for herself and her son, and then she was prepared to die. This mirrors society today as the celebrity suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have highlighted the fact that suicides in the United States have increased by nearly 30% in the last seventeen years. However, it is important to remember that with God, there is always a tomorrow. Simply recall what Elijah told the widow. He said that God desired her to be alive tomorrow and that God Himself would provide for that tomorrow. If you, a loved one, or a stranger is struggling, embrace tomorrow by reaching out to the vast network under God as we are called to: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
  2. Believe in God’s word, not what you see before you. As humans, we have a limited scope and must rely on God’s word to tell us what lies ahead. For example, when suffering from a seemingly endless drought, God told Elijah that a rainstorm was on the way. Instead of dismissing His word since there was not a cloud in the sky, Elijah embraced the good news and proclaimed that the end of the drought was near. Not long after, a cloud appeared, and they were blessed with a miraculous rainstorm. If you are burdened by struggles that seem to be unending, trust God when He tells you that they too will come to an end. Don’t give up hope that you will experience a rainstorm when you least expect it. Until then, cling to these words to remain hopeful: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
  3. Turn to God when your hope shifts to doubt. Even when you have maintained a hopeful attitude one day, you may awake to find it gone and replaced with doubt the next day. Although Elijah remained hopeful for a long time, even giving newfound hope to others, he found himself consumed by doubt when he wandered through the desert. Once he had told a widow that God Himself would provide for her tomorrow, but Elijah discovered that he couldn’t give himself that same comfort when the time came. Instead, he dropped to the ground and told God that he was ready to die. Yet God responded by sending an angel to comfort and feed him. So, if you find yourself doubting, simply turn to God and remember these words: “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Today, turn your blues to blessings by turning to God in your time of need.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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God’s Grace Can’t Be Earned

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This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

Today I am reminding myself that I cannot earn God’s Love and Grace.

If there’s any time of the year that I find challenging to keep up with my normal routine, it’s the summertime.  For one, I surely fall off my eating routine.  I also usually travel more during the summer months, so I will sometimes miss Sunday church services.  My weekly Bible study sessions end up by the way side as I scramble my travels and my various to-do-lists.

In the middle of all this my mind goes right to the guilt and the bargaining. “I need to get back on track. I need to get back in His good graces.” And then I have to stop, pinch myself and say, “Silly me. What He has for me I cannot earn. His grace and love are unconditional.”

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about when the Jewish people were under heavy Roman oppression. They wanted to be delivered by a messiah. They thought if only they could keep the Sabbath for four consecutive weeks, they might be delivered from their suffering. But the Mosaic law was so difficult at that time, it was tough to keep it for even a single day.

There is no question that Christ was sent to us as a Loving Gift, and not as a reward for good behavior. We could never have earned it. I will never keep a perfect Bible Study attendance. The Jewish people could never keep the Sabbath without error for four consecutive weeks. And God knows this.

The Words that I use to teach me are, “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

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So today, remember that you can’t earn God’s grace. You already have it.

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God is Still in Control

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This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

This morning, I am reminding myself just how much God is still in control.

Several days ago, I talked about being really bothered by our country’s racial tensions.  Although, after listening to Presidents Bush and Obama, I began to have a more hopeful outlook.

Oddly, (and I will underscore the word “oddly”) I am even more hopeful today after the shooting deaths of the three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday.  I am inspired by this even as my heart grieves for the family members of the slain.

When we have vicious acts like this take place, it can bring all sorts of people together. These are not acts of justice, and a super-majority of Americans share this belief.  Therefore, people from varying backgrounds who may disagree on many issues will come together as one to condemn such violence.

As I grapple with the events of today, I am also reminded about the story of Stephen from the Book of Acts.  Stephen spoke the truth to certain Jewish leaders who ended up stoning him to death.  One might think – “What positive can come from this?”

When the word about Stephen’s murder spread rapidly, many Christian believers began to flee Jerusalem for fear of their own lives during these tumultuous times.  Although, as these believers began to spread out to other parts of the world, they also began to spread the Gospel.

The same God that was in control then is still in control today.

The words that I use to comfort me are, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”  Proverbs 19:21 (ESV).

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All Things Work for Good

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This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Each morning this week I’ve tried to return to the regular tone of a B Moment which includes a Scriptural lesson, or some spiritual revelation that I’ve recently experienced.

However, I find, that I cannot let go of this current national dialogue about our country’s racial divide.

This conversation for the last several days has been heavy on my heart, and I will always share what’s on my heart.

At first, I questioned myself as to whether I was neglecting the Scriptures since I have been so engaged in this national discussion.  But then I reasoned, what good is it to study the Word if we cannot put it into action?

As a result of this heated debate and sometimes dismal outlook, this morning I am reflecting on how all things work together for the good of the Lord.

Sometimes it’s difficult to comprehend how any good could come from a set of tragic events.  Especially, when precious lives are lost.  How can we find the good in this?

This is when there’s an opportunity to lift our heads from studying the Word to practicing It, and to being lifted by It. It is possible to see God’s Hand move…even over tragedy when our relationship with Him is deeper.

I am warmly encouraged by the Words – “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (KJV)

These Words also inspire me, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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There’s Light in Your Tunnel

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This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference:  Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

This morning, I am seeing light in my tunnel. If you’ve been listening to B Moments for a while, you’ve likely heard me talk about waiting on a new door to open.    

Waiting faithfully on this new door to open hasn’t always been easy.  Sometimes, my attitude was simply –“I want what I want when I want it.”

Shortly after experiencing a blow of disappointment, I knew that it was time to reach for my “resiliency” hat again. In other words, I had to keep believing that things were happening behind the scenes, and on a grander scale even when it seemed like nothing was happening at all.  I had to be patient and trust God’s Timing, and lean less on my own understanding of things.

I can recall one day when I just lost it, and I ended up pouring my heart out to a girlfriend.  This was during a time when it seemed as though nothing was moving – neither behind the scenes, or in front of them!

Today, I am here to report that if it seems like it’s dark in your tunnel, hang in there.  Your tunnel will turn a corner and when it does, you will see light.  Your focus is not to give up.  Keep your resiliency hat on. It works!  There will be light in your tunnel.

The Words that remind me of this are, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about using our words as seeds.  Please share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.

So today, be encouraged that there is light in your tunnel.

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God Has a Different Path for Me

B Moment iconMy moment to Be still…to Be fed by the Word of God…to Be grateful.

Scripture reference:  Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)