Colossians 3:12: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Focus on every word here: We are God’s chosen people to be by His side for all of eternity, thus being holy and dearly loved by Him. As such, we need to be compassionate towards others, show kindness, be humble and gentle and patient. If we could just remember this one verse throughout our day, imagine how our lives and the lives of those around us would be changed. He would be the center. And those around us would be drawn toward Him as we shine God in all that we do.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
As some of you know, I’ve been on a job search lately. A job that works for my family and yet affords me an opportunity to do more with my life. On Wednesday, I received an offer for an accounting position for a start-up company. Part-time to start. More responsibilities as the company grows. It pays little; but I’ll learn a ton! I’m very excited.
This verse came to mind to comfort all those on the search for a job or a new career or direction in life. Find comfort in God who knows all and will lead you wherever He wants you in His time. Trust Him. That’s all He asks of you.
Psalm 3:3: “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”
The Lord is our protection from the pain and hurt of this world. Recently, I’ve been hurt by a friend who was too afraid to tell me the truth. But I took refuge in God’s shield around me–in the One True God who lifts up my head and shines upon my face. Nothing else matters. Nothing.
I was thinking what I could do to stay in the Word during the summer and devotionals came to mind. But simple devotionals. Something to keep those of us who struggle without accountability accountable. And blogging here with you all will help me (and I pray you all too) immensely.
So three times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri baring vacations) I’ll post one Bible verse and a small commentary. My goal is to keep it short, simple, and pithy. Not to be overwhelming during the summer when we’re all going in a dozen different directions in one day. But just a brief pause to contemplate Him and what He’s doing in our lives. I hope you find this helpful and feedback would be immensely appreciated.
So here’s the first one:
“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Difficulties don’t last; they are transitory. My grandmother always used to say in 6 months you’re problems today will be gone, most likely replaced with something else. So quit worrying, give your sorrows, pain, and trouble up to Him and let it go.