Have you ever wished you had more time? Or that somehow, time will stop but you can still continue working to meet your deadlines? How do you keep up with the overwhelming demands of your day?
We live in a day and age where there are too many distractions. There’s just so much to do and oftentimes, we wish we had more time. We are often bombarded by responsibilities and tasks that require our immediate attention. As days go by, we start to feel sapped of energy most of the time and then before we know it, we are already burned out.
How do we regain our strength? The Bible assures us that though our heart and flesh may fail, still God is the strength of our heart. Yes, we may be burned out from time to time but God sustains us when we are weak. He is our strength and shield and He always helps us because He cares for us. He cares about even the tiniest detail of our day. It is God who arms us with strength and keeps our way secure. He satisfies us with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. He longs to give us good things but even in bad times, God never let go. He patiently walks us through renewal and strengthening.
Therefore, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and acknowledge that in Him, we can do all things because He strengthens us. As we gaze into His beauty and majesty and become more aware of His presence, our hearts become filled with joy and it strengthens us. As we put Him first on our daily schedule and spend the best time of our day with Him, we get the assurance that all the other things concerning our day will be taken care of and added to us. Each day that I spend quality time with God and soak myself in His Word before anything else, are the days that I am most joyful, kind, peaceful and productive.
Philippians 4:13, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 28:7, 2 Samuel 22:33, Psalm 103:5, Matthew 6:33
Let us be tenacious and don’t let anything move us. Tenacity means continuing despite the obstacles and discouragement. It is refusing to give up when things are getting tough. It is not allowing any circumstance to shake us. Though we may be hard-pressed on every side, we will not be crushed. We may be persecuted but God will never abandon us. We may be struck down but our enemy will not be able to destroy us. Let us stand firm in the faith, courageous and strong knowing that God is fighting our battles. We are victorious in Him!
God is patient and slow to anger because He doesn’t want us to perish in our sin. He leads us to repentance and not to a broken fellowship with Him. Even when we choose to walk away, He still patiently awaits for our return. The Father of the prodigal son threw a feast for him when he returned home. The Shepherd left the 99 sheeps just to find the missing one. God’s hands is never too short to reach us. His unfailing love pursues us relentlessly.
Faith comes by continously hearing, meditating and living out the Word of God. The more we soak ourselves in the truth of God’s word, the more our faith increases. Faith is confidence in things we hope for and asssurance of things we are yet to see. It is believing that God is still good even when tragedy comes to us. It is refusing to give up when life is hard because God says He has a plan to bless us and give us a bright future. It is standing on our identity as His masterpiece even when the world shouts that we do not fit in. It is believing that He loves us even when nobody does.
God longs to restore the dead places in our lives. No matter how dried up and worthless we may feel, or how dead in trespasses and sins, God can restore us to life through His Word and Spirit. God’s Word and His Spirit can bring life to any situation and to any soul no matter how utterly dead and hopeless it might be. Nothing is too hard for Him. What may appear hopeless and dead to us is a field full of possibilities for the Lord.
Is it possible to remain joyful even when facing trials, difficulties or even loss of a loved-one? The Bible admonishes us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because we know that the testing of our faith produces perserverance. May we become more aware of God’s presence so we can rejoice in Him always, so we can experience such joy that cannot be taken away by difficult circumstances or social injustice that exist in this broken world. The joy of the Lord gives us strength, peace and comfort to get through the difficult times.
I thank you God for today
For giving me another special day
I’m grateful for this life that You’ve given me
In everything, you are God Almighty
You are all that I need
My soul longs for you indeed
Great is your faithfulness
Your love is so earnest
Thank you God for saving me
From the grip of the enemy
Once, I was living in misery
But you delivered me and now I am free
My heart sings praises to you
Because of the joy and peace that are found in you
Your love for me is unfailing
It’s from everlasting to everlasting
You are true to your Word
Since the foundation of the world
And so I hold on to your promises
In them, I found strength and wholeness
Help me fix my eyes on you
To live and move and have my being in you
I trust you with all my heart
In your presence I will never depart