In ancient times, a king had his men place a boulder on a roadway. He then hid in the bushes, and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers passed by and simply walked around it.
Many people blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone removed.
One day, a peasant came along carrying vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the way. After much pushing and straining, he finally managed.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the road. By Unknown Author.
Moral of the story – Every obstacle that we come across gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and while the lazy complain, others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.
Enjoy your weekend.
The world isn’t going to devote itself to making us happy, and only when we accept that can we begin can move forward. Much of the time life doesn’t work out the way we plan.
Paul wrote, “Whenever a journey to Spain, I shall come to you.” But he never got to Spain; instead, he landed in prison. But it was from there he wrote the epistles. So, your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment!
The Bible says, ”In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV 1984 Edition).
Aren’t you glad God is in control of your life? Let the philosophers argue over why life works as it does; just you focus on how to live it!
If you live to be a hundred, what good is it if resentment and regret keep you from enjoying it? And what good is more time, if you’re just wasting the time you’ve got?
Do you know how an oyster makes a pearl? When a grain of sand gets into it shell and irritates it, the oyster wraps the sand in layers of beauty until a pearl is formed.
An unknown poet wrote, “This tale has a moral, for isn’t it grand, what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand? What couldn’t I do if I’d only begin, with all of the things that get under my skin?”
God is at work in what you’re going through today — for your good and His glory. All you need to do is trust him.
Enjoy your week.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NLT
Underlying your deepest fears — are thoughts. They may be expressed publicly or entertained privately. Either way, you must be aware of them and change them. If you don’t, they will capture and control you.
One of the most powerful weapons God has given you for conquering fear and worry is the ability to personalise His promises.
Here are just a few: don’t be afraid… you are mine. When you go through the deep waters and deep trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression… the flames will not consume you, for I am the Lord your God’ (Isaiah 43:1-3 TLB).
And what should your response to Gods promise be? “I will be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. I will not be afraid, neither will I be dismayed, for the Lord my God is with me where ever I go’ (see Joshua 1:9 AMPC).
‘The Lords’s eye is upon me because I fear Him [revere and worship Him with awe] and because I trust in his mercy and loving-kindness’ (see Psalm 33:18 AMPC).
‘When I am tempted to have a fearful and hasty heart, I will say to myself, be strong, fear not! My God will come… and save me’ (see Isaiah 35:4 AMPC).
‘The Lord is my light and my salvation… whom shall I fear?… when troubles come. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will… sing his praise with much joy’ (Psalm 27:1, 5-6 TLB).
Do you want to overcome your fears and worries? Personalise God’s Promises!
When you go beyond simply reading your bible and take time to meditate each day on its truths, you begin to think like God. And when that happens your life changes for the better.
Peter was so dependent on the words of Jesus that he said, “To whom shall we go? Thou hast the of eternal life.” (John 6:68 KJV). And job said, I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12NIV 2011 Edition)
How often do you set time aside to meditate on the Scriptures?
As you meditate on God word you develop a mindset that enables you to rise above your fears. ‘My word will not return to me empty. But will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it’ (Isaiah 55:11 NIV Edition).
Did you get that?
God’s word will accomplish Gods purposes in your life. That why meaningless things over you finding the time to read the bible and pray. The truth is, you don’t find time, you make it!
The prophet Isaiah said, ‘Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will’ (Isaiah 50:4 NLT).
In a world that’s often devoid of commitment God promises. ‘I won’t give up on you. I’ll keep working on you until you’re clear in your perceptions, strong in your faith, and balanced in your spiritual walk. As you meditate on My precepts, you’ll start moving in a new direction. And when that happens, your life will begin to prosper.’
So, begin today — meditate on God’s word.
Enjoy your day. 🙂