Dear friends, What a challenging start to the new decade it has been for many Aussies! Fire, flood, drought and high anxiety fuelled by the constant barrage of speculation and negativity from our nation’s media (most but not all… 🙂). Who we choose to listen to will shape our thinking and our lives. We saw …Read More
Dear friends, When I started high school way back in 1980, I remember working out that in the year 2020 I would be 51 and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, that’s old!’ Well, here we are. Perspective is an interesting thing! So as we begin a new decade, I have a question for you: what will …Read More
Dear friends, As with each letter that I write to you, this morning I prayed: ‘Lord, what would you have me say?’ Just then an email arrived. It was from a young lady in a town where Vision Christian Radio was first switched on 17 years ago. Her words captured me. She said: ‘I’ve listened …Read More
Dear friends, We live in an age of distraction. It seems to me that there have never been as many things competing for our attention as we have now. It’s interesting that in Joshua 3:4, the Lord commanded the people of Israel to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits (about 800m) between them and the …Read More
Dear friends, Is Australia getting drier? The scientific definition of drought is ‘a serious or severe rainfall deficiency’ or ‘a period of prolonged dryness’. The dryness of our land is pretty obvious. Every day farmers across the country are crying out for rain, and we all should be crying out with them. But physical drought …Read More
‘I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely.’ Hosea 14:4 NKJV
Half-time in the game is for rest and assessment. It’s a time to regroup—to evaluate how things have been going and decide what adjustments need to be made for the rest of the game. Often a team may look like they’re losing at half-time, but by the time the game ends they’ve turned things around and won. Until the final whistle sounds, the game is still up for grabs.
The same is true in life. If you’re still here, the game of life isn’t over for you. Your clock is still ticking. You have a life yet to live. Not only that, but the first half doesn’t have to determine the outcome of the game. Maybe you’ve made mistakes, experienced disappointments and failures. Maybe life has dealt you a harsh blow here or there. But you are still here—and as long as you are, the whistle hasn’t blown and it’s not too late for God to take you straight to the plan He has for you.
You see, God looks at your future while the enemy tries to keep you focused on your past. God says, ‘You can, in spite of what’s been done!’ But the enemy says, ‘You can’t, because of what you’ve done.’ God will never define you by your past, whereas the enemy will try to control and confine you by using it against you. Whether the good, the bad, or the ugly dominated your first half, Satan’s goal is to keep you chained there. God, on the other hand, wants you to learn from your past—not live in it.
SoulFood: Jer 25–27, Luke 5:1–11, Ps 102:18–28, Pro 15:4–7
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020