June 12, 2014

Today you should read: Job 7

WOW!  You think you feel bad!  Job is struggling with depression, pain, and understanding of God. Rightfully so – in a very short time he’s lost his family, his friends, his wealth, and now his health.

What do you do when you’re having a hard week?  For someone – it’s this week and this will land right where you live – for others it’s coming or just past.

1. Remember that God is faithful

…even when it seems like He isn’t

God loves us with an unending love and never gives up on us no matter what.  He’s always 100% faithful to us.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23

2. Lean on others

It’s hard to ask for help – mostly because we’re very proud.  Sometimes we need to ask and accept it – to lean on others.  They’ll return the favor sometime soon.  Your Connect Group is a great place to start.

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

3. Push through today and don’t worry about tomorrow

Sometimes it seems like you won’t make it – but you will.  Push through and things often look different the next day.  Don’t fall into the trap that Satan sets in front of you to keep worrying about the future – just get through today – and worry about tomorrow – tomorrow.

…if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.  Matthew 6:30, 34

4. Be mindful of the GOOD in the BAD

God is a masterful artist at work on the tapestry of your life.  God wastes nothing – He is using EVERYTHING to make you into the image of His Son.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.  1 Peter 1:7

5. Pray – Cry out to your Father

Sometimes God allows pain just to draw you in a little closer.  You and I get full of ourselves and God turns our heads and our heart to Him.  Cry out to Him.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. 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 4:4-7

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “June 12, 2014”

  1. Tim, thanks for this insight on staying focused on what God needs me to do today, and not to spend time worrying about the bad things that can happen tomorrow. Praying for you today.

  2. Thank you for your encouragement and leadership Tim. I’m thankful for you, the staff of CPC and their families.
    Trials aren’t pleasant, but I know they help us recognize and appreciate God’s work in our lives. When I’ve seen and took notice of His workings in my life (many times long afterwords), I’ve experienced such gratitude and joy knowing that I had witnessed His love for me.

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