You keep showing up and you remain faithful because your Heavenly Father never promised that this life would be without problems and challenges. “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). The cares of this world will try to choke out His word from your heart, but you learn to process pressure with prayer. This is your relief valve that vents frustrations to your Father in heaven. Don’t lie down in self-pity. Instead, reach out to the Lord and let Him lift you up.
We will fall down and scrape our soul, bruise our pride and arouse our anger. However, what makes a disciple of Christ is the determination to remain faithful. Keep showing up when others let you down. Keep showing up when your finances fade. Keep showing up when you are treated unfairly. Keep showing up when you are sad and uncertain. Keep showing up and God’s grace will break in and overcome you with peace. He blesses righteous resilience.
Rise from your fall into sin and face your Savior with remorse and repentance. Rise from your fall from the sin of others and face your enemies with forgiveness and grace. Rise from your financial free fall and face life with faith and generosity. Jesus showed up for you on the old rugged cross in middle of His injustice and brokenness. He still shows up ever interceding on your behalf. “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword” (Romans 8:33-35)? Do I regularly thank the Lord for showing up for me? Will I show up on behalf of others?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
September 26, 2021
“Embrace and celebrate who your Creator made you to be, and rest in being uniquely you for God’s glory.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 26, 2021 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 My wife Rita has the most tender heart of anyone I have ever met. [...]
September 25, 2021
“We must embrace a far more expansive view of our Lord’s work in our world and in our lives.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 25, 2021 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward [...]
September 24, 2021
“Think the best of others because this is what you expect them to think of you.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 24, 2021 Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 Think the best of others because this is what you expect them to think of [...]