Happiness is fleeting and small, and while joy is everlasting and immense, it would also be empty—in fact, it would not be itself—were it not for its desired, God.
Forgive me. Forgive them. We are falling apart.
But one thing brings us together; one thing lifts us up; one thing strengthens us: hope.
And that hope comes from You.
Day by day, I feel more exposed before my Creator, as He reveals layers of sins and strongholds I must surrender to Him. Without His loving guidance, I would be full of shame, guilt, and condemnation. With Him, I realize this is the process of refinement. It’s His promise, His process in action, to present us holy, as He is holy.
It’s ironic that the church, the holy space where saints gather to worship a glorious Lord, has always simultaneously been the place where the dark symptoms of sin stand in the glaring spotlight to me. But that’s the funny thing about faith—as much as I am tempted to lose hope because of sin, God’s grip on my soul will never let me go.
A good Father would not only let their children experience good things, but a good Father would also let their children go through difficult situations that teach important lessons.
His love is a love that surpasses words–a love that surpasses this lifetime.
When you hear the word ‘gold’, some of the first things that could come to mind include ‘value’, ‘treasure’, ‘beauty’, ‘money’! But even with all its appeal, Jesus far exceeds materials like gold in value, because He enriches your life in ways that exceed appearance or wealth.
These trees that we on our best day might consider “majestic scenery” are actually one of the Lord’s beautiful and recurring analogies for godly believers.
We find complete consistency in the one true God. He is consistent when the rest of the world is not. “If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
Deep roots ensure abundant fruit. God deposits His Word within our hearts, but as believers we must steward this seed by abiding in His presence, and allowing Him to teach us.