“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” – Jesus (Matthew 7:24 NLT) Greetings! What is your house like? If I asked you to describe it, you would probably tell me the location, what’s made of, plus the colour, layout, décor and …Read More
Dear friends, It is with great pleasure that I present the latest edition of Vision Today. Inside you’ll find encouraging stories about what God is doing as we work together in partnership to take the true hope of His Word to our nation. You’ll read how people just like you are using the resources Vision …Read More
This was the headline in my local news this week. On her first day of school, a precious 5-year-old girl fell asleep on the bus home and missed her stop. Unfortunately, the bus driver didn’t see that she was there, returned to the depot and locked up the bus while she continued to sleep. Soon …Read More
‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God.’ Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV
The Bible says: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.’ (Proverbs 3:5 NIV) That Scripture is easy to quote but hard to live by, especially when tragedy and loss touch our lives and we don’t understand why.
There are times when we pray and God gives us answers, and there are times when we pray and He gives us peace. ‘Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT) In times of pain and loss, here are two Scriptures you can stand on:
(1) ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us.’ When it comes to understanding things—we have our territory and God has His. And ours is limited to what He decides to reveal to us. Paul, who wrote half the New Testament by divine revelation, acknowledged, ‘We know in part.’ (1 Corinthians 13:9 NKJV) At best, we will always be limited in our understanding.
(2) ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ (Romans 8:28 NKJV). Sometimes God explains things to us, and other times He stamps them ‘Will explain later.’ So when you’re tempted to throw up your hands in despair and say, ‘Who knows?’, remind yourself, ‘God knows!’ And today remind yourself that He’s working things out for your good and His glory.
SoulFood: Acts 8–9, Mk 3:28–35, Ps 130, Prov 10:24–26
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018