Imagine being told to go and do something and change how things were being done. Imagine being told to not do it and fortunately you hadn’t gotten to it but were planning to do it today. Imagine had it been done and the response it may have had. Imagine the changes that are taking place that you aren’t even aware of. Ever considered what God is doing and can be doing even when we don’t see it? Ever consider how God is going ahead of you to prepare in advance the good works He has for you to accomplish? Ever considered everything Jesus gave up in order to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way? Ever considered that yes in this world we will have trouble but that we don’t have to worry or fret because Jesus has already overcome the world? Ever considered the benefits of perseverance even in the midst of trials? Do those benefits allow you to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Ever realized that the perseverance will make it so that you will be complete and lacking nothing?
If not, then why not start today? What happens when you choose to make today the start of your relationship with Jesus? What if today you put God first? What happens when you choose to make today the start of the new way? What happens when you decide that you will do it God’s way starting today? What happens when you decide that today is the day that the Lord has made so you will start rejoicing and being glad in it? What if today were the day that you reached out and joined the reading 49-week challenge and joined us right where we are at today? Is today the day? Do you realize the gift that today is? Do is the present! Yesterday is gone! Tomorrow is not guaranteed! So let’s make the most of today and let’s get it started!
Let’s get it started by praising God for who He is and what He is like! Let’s get it started by confessing our sins and asking God to forgive us for having missed the mark! Let’s get it started by thanking God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ who paid it all! Let’s get it started by thanking God for the blessings in our life! Let’s get it started by thanking God for all the answered prayers! Let’s get it started by thanking God for what He has done for us! Any worries or concerns? Let’s get it started by sharing them with God instead of carrying them around with us today! Know of needs of others? Let’s get it started asking God to help them in their place of need! At a decision point and not sure what to do? Let’s get it started asking God for guidance! Not sure what to do or where to go? Let’s get it started by putting our hope and our trust in God!
Day 21: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 21 —
Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”— Psalms 91:2
- We can be assured of God’s protection and so let’s call out to God in whom we trust when we are faced with troubles and trials.
- John Gil’s exposition speaks to today’s verse this way:
- I will say of the Lord
- Or to the Lord: these are the words of the psalmist, expressing his faith in the Lord in the following words, taking encouragement from the safety of the godly man above described: the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, he shall say to the Lord; that is, the man that dwells in the secret place, and under the shadow of the Lord: the Targum is,
- “David said, I will say to the Lord,”
- as follows:
- he is my refuge:
- a refuge in every time of trouble, outward or toward; a refuge when all others fail; and is himself a never failing one, a strong refuge, which none can break through and into, and in which all that have fled thither and dwell are safe:
- and my fortress;
- what fortifications, natural or artificial, are to a city and its inhabitants, that is God to his people, and much more; he is round about them, as the mountains were about Jerusalem; his salvation are walls and bulwarks to them; yea, he is a wall of fire about them, ( Psalms 125:2 ) ( Isaiah 26:1 ) ( Zechariah 2:5 ) , they are kept by his power, as in a garrison, ( 1 Peter 1:5 ) ,
- my God, in him will I trust;
- his covenant God, his God in Christ, and who would ever continue so; and was a proper object of his trust and confidence, both as the God of nature, and the God of grace; who is to be trusted in, both for temporal and spiritual blessings, and at all times; to which his lovingkindness, power, and faithfulness, greatly encourage and engage: the Targum is,
- “in his Word will I trust.”
- I will say of the Lord
- Treasury of Scripture Knowledge shares:
As day 21 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?