Truly a Comfort

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Psalm 23:4c says, “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Now I get it that a staff could be used to pull me back to safety when the wooden hook is wrapped around me. That is comforting! But a rod to “nudge” me back in line doesn’t seem very comforting at all. Be assured, my friends, it is.

You see, the book of Hebrews teaches us that God’s discipline proves we are true sons of our Heavenly Father. As a matter of fact, scripture tells us that the Lord disciplines those He loves. “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6

It is good for the Lord to put me on the right track. This is how I know I am His! I’m not suggesting that you sin to find out what the Lord’s discipline is, but if you do “slip and fall” into sin, pay attention to the Lord’s prodding - the still, small voice in your heart that aligns with scripture. When you hear it, turn back. Because He loves you! You are His child!

Imagine that His rod and His staff are truly a comfort! Oh the truth of His word.

And there you go!

Shout for Joy!

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Psalm 98:4 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.”

Some days it is easier for us to shout for joy than it is on other days. But notice this verse says shout for joy all the earth. Maybe we should take a lesson from the rest of the earth. If something bad happens, such as a flooded stream, the stream doesn’t quit flowing or wonder why God is taking it from its boundaries. It’s almost as if it knows it will eventually settle back into the safety of its banks.

Sometimes I don’t understand what God is saying to me. Like the water in that stream, I want what is “normal” to return to my life. But I’m realizing more and more that God may want to change my “normal”. Rest and security will eventually come for me.

Until that happens, however, I can continue to trust that He has me covered. I can honestly shout for joy, for I am never outside of His watchcare over me.

And there you go!

No Fear

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Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Shadows cannot hurt you. Seems basic enough to understand. So here’s the idea. I walk through the valley of the shadow of death — not the valley of death. The shadow doesn’t hurt me. It may look dark and looming; however, it actually gives me shade. And in the valley, Jesus is with me.

It’s like the hymn “Heavenly Sunlight” says…

Shadows around me

Shadows above me

Never conceal my Savior and Guide;

He is the light, in Him is no darkness,

Ever I’m walking close to His side


Heavenly Sunlight! Heavenly Sunlight!

Flooding my soul with glory divine;

Hallelujah! I am rejoicing,

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine!


So what do I have to fear? Not even death!

And there you go!

Want to Know a Secret?

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Psalm 46:10 says, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”

I am learning a very valuable life-changing truth. If I want to hear from God, I must cease from my busyness and be still.

Now that sounds basic, but what about you? Are you running all the time? Is your radio, TV, phone, iPad, or computer always turned on with the volume up? Are you talking, texting, tweeting, Snapchatting, instant messaging, or posting on Facebook without stop?

Oh, America, be still and know that He is God! Christians, be still, and He will give you the secrets of the Kingdom.

Be silent and LISTEN for His voice. We desperately need to hear from Him, so we will know that He is the Exalted One. So we can share the secrets of the Kingdom with a lost and dying world.

Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, will you be still and hear Him speaking to you? He wants you to know you are His child. He wants you to seek Him. Be assured you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

Be still!

And there you go!

Loving the Unlovable

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Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

There are people who don’t think like we do. There are people who “get on our nerves” so to speak. There are drivers who make road rage a little easier than others. Loving them is a little on the tough side.

Recently, I have been learning and relearning that even if others are unloving in word or in action, my response is my choice. Acting like Jesus by loving others even when they misread us can be a supernatural act for sure. But remember this, Jesus showed us how to do that while on the cross when He asked, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

It takes God’s strength as the Holy Spirit leads us to love as Jesus commanded. It is amazing to me that He willingly overwhelms us with His love which can then flow out of us to others.

It may seem strange at first to say a kind work or do something kind for someone we don’t like, but supernatural love comes with supernatural strength when we ask God to help us obey His command to love.

So today, I hope you will pray for me and I will pray for you as we look for an opportunity to be a Good Samaritan to someone. Who knows what God is up to in our lives today? He might even change us.

And there you go.

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