Saturday, April 18, 2009

ARE YOU HAPPY? Try Psalm 146:5

"Happy is he... whose hope is in the Lord."  (Psalm 146:5 NKJV)

I really enjoy the devotional that an old friend of mine produces.  The devotional is The Word For You Today published by Bob Gass.

Recently I read...

F.B. Meyer says, "The education of our faith is incomplete [till] we learn that God's providence works through loss...that there's a ministry to us through the failure and fading of things.  The dwindling brook where Elijah sat is a picture of our lives!"  Some time later the brook dried up' (1 Kings 17:7 NIV) is the history of our yesterdays and a prophecy of our tomorrows...learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver.  The gift may last for a season but the Giver is eternal.  If the Lord had led Elijah directly to the widow of Zarephath, he'd have missed something that helped make him a better man -- living by faith.  Whenever our earthly resources dry up it's so we may learn that our hope and help are in God."

One author writes:  "Sometimes there's not enough money to make ends meet; people tell us to budget and we chuckle.  We look at the situation and say 'No way.'  That's the time to trust God.  Your possibilities are not limited by past or present circumstances.  If there's not enough to pay legitimate expenses, do your best then let go.  Trust God to supply your need, then look beyond your wallet.  Look to your source.  Claim a divine...unlimited supply...Do your part.  Strive for financial responsibility in thought and action.  Ask for wisdom and listen to God's leadings.  Then let go of your fears and your need to control.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding'  (Proverbs 3:5 NLT)  We all know money is a necessary part of living - and so does God.


David Veliquette said...

Timely word, Earl! It's interesting that with the many links and kinks in facebook and our lives that God still works by His Holy Spirit to speak to our individual hearts! Broadcast truth is only truth to those who by the Spirit "tune in" at His beck and call. I think we need much more discernment with all the technology of instant information bomb barding us at every turn.

Earl Thornton said...

Good observation Dave. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.