Today: Psalms 91:9-16; 1 Corinthians 2:16-16; 1 Chronicles 22:2-19; 1 Chronicles 23
“If you say, ‘The LORD is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” Psalm 91:9-10
The more time we spend with God, the closer we get to Him, the more He opens our spiritual eyes and gives us eternal vision. For those of us who seek God, our souls are completely protected in Him. Nothing can harm our souls. This is eternal truth for followers of Jesus Christ.
This doesn’t mean we will never have troubles in this life. We live in a cursed world within cursed physical bodies so troubles are certain. But if we acknowledge the LORD, He will protect us and rescue us. If we call on Him, He will answer us. He will be with us through the troubles.
Some people say, then why should they follow God, if He won’t keep us from troubles? That is such a silly thing to say. EVERYONE has troubles in this world — believers and non-believers alike. I would much rather walk through my troubles with God by my side than all alone.
1 Corinthians 2
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
We can only come to God when the Holy Spirit first draws us. It is pointless to try to “be the Holy Spirit” to someone who has no interest in or hunger for God. Don’t try to lecture them and please don’t tell them they are going to hell… It will only push them even further away from God than they already are. You will be wasting your breath and their time. Maybe some day something will happen that will wake them up. But your words cannot wake them up if the hunger isn’t there. Only the Holy Spirit can open their eyes to truth.
In the meantime, PRAY for them! Love them with the love of Christ. Be a good, caring friend. Let the Holy Spirit reach out to them through your compassion.
1 Chronicles 22
The timing of God’s plan for us is just as important as any other part of it. God had planned a very specific time for the building of His holy temple in Jerusalem. During that specific time, during the reign of Solomon, God granted Israel peace and quiet, freedom from wars.
The same is true of our lives. When we follow God’s guidance, we don’t need to worry about our external circumstances. God’s plan for us includes our life situation. He will prepare a way for us and provide whatever we need in order to accomplish His will.