Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
We come from God and we return to God. We exist in God. We move in God. He creates us, indwells us, and carries us. We LIVE in God. He inhabits his children, not stone temples. He enlivens us with His Spirit. All of living creation reveals His aliveness and indwelling Presence. He gives us life so we would know Him. He gives us abundant life through His indwelling so we would love Him.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Deeper than our thoughts are God’s thoughts. Deeper than our emotions are God’s emotions. Deeper than our will is God’s will. Beneath the bottom of our fears, doubts, and despair is the bottomless love of God. Above the height of our hopes, joys and triumphs is the unfathomable wisdom of God. His mercy and truth surround our innermost being and permeate all of creation. His love reaches the depths of us and penetrates further still. When we doubt that God can heal our deepest fears and sorrows, or understand our thoughts and emotions, we trust in His Word that He is deeper and He is healer.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
God is enough. He is more than enough. When you are tired, He is your rest. When you are lonely, He is your companion. When you are weary, He is your strength. When you are anxious, He is your peace. When you are fearful, He is your truth. When you are sad, He is your deep joy. When you are hurt, He is your healing power. When you are doubtful, He is your hope. When you are hungry, He is your daily bread. When you are alone, He is your refuge. When you are lost, He is your home. When you are broken, He is your heart. God is All in All. He will meet your every need with gentleness. He will stand guard over your heart and mind, sheltering you with peace. His grace is sufficient. His Presence of Love is never failing.
Psalm 37:18 The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever. 19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty…..23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing”
God’s protection is saving. His provision is constant. His blessing is enduring. As God’s beloved children, we are held, healed, and hopeful in this life and in Heaven. Let us live generously out of God’s outpouring of blessing.
John 6:35. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Our souls are satisfied in Christ. Our souls find rest amongst our restlessness, in Christ. Our souls find peace amongst our despair, in Christ. Our souls find joy amongst our sorrow, in Christ. Our souls find love amongst our loneliness, in Christ. God gave us His Son for the fulfillment of our souls. He is the very bread of life to satiate our deepest longings. Be filled with God’s Provision in His Son.
Isaiah 38:16-17 You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
What internal benefits we reap when Christ is our first love. He restores our souls from the destruction and heals us to abundant life. He forgives our grievances and transforms our suffering, filling us with hope. He makes us whole, no longer a slave to our smaller stories of failure, sickness, defeat and sadness. We are complete in his bigger story of true life and love in Christ, as He fulfills His purposes for humanity in and through us. He rescues and restores us to new life in Him!
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God wills for us to be strong, and provides our strength, courage and joy by His constant presence. Picture your prayer place, perhaps a beautiful beach, with the Lord God walking next to you. Through His powerful, flowing Spirit, He is extending to you all the strength and courage you need to overcome fear and discouragement. He is with you.