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Challenging Day

Yesterday was... challenging. Not on a catastrophic scale, but it was a day for me to learn endurance. Whenever I have days like yesterday, I usually find myself turning to Psalm139. Yes, I've shared this Scripture in my posts before.

God was not surprised by my challenging day - just me. He was with me to help get through it. He's always there. Again, it's me that forgets this. I pray that God will bring verses like Psalm 139 to your mind the next time you have a challenging day. Remember to thank Him for being with you too.

Psalm 139:16-18 "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!"

“Stuff"

I tend to allow myself to become burdened with life. To be carried away with "stuff". Work, bills, health, car repairs, appointments, chores... the list goes on. This "stuff" adds pressure and worries to my already hectic life. If I start to focus on this "stuff" I begin to feel like I have no time. No time to be in the Word, no time to pray, no time to study. It can get frustrating for me. I need to make time for the Word, prayer and study. Not an option.

I want to get better at giving my worries to Jesus. I catagorize my burdens. "This is a big problem, I'd better pray about this because I don't think I can handle it." I can cast all of my problems onto Him, He can handle them all! I also need to remember that there are no problems too big for Him to handle. God does not bite His nails, "Oh boy, I really don't know how to handle your problems. These problems are not my department." I can give them ALL to Him - big or small.

Matthew 11:28-30 "Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'"

1 Peter 5:7 "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."

David

David had much to be thankful for. Saul, the previous king of Israel, had wasted about 10 years trying to kill David. But God delivered David from Saul's misplaced vengeance. Ultimately establishing David as the new king of Israel. But that's not all God accomplished through David. In fact, far too many accomplishments to cover in a single post. Even Israel's modern borders were drawn during David's reign.

God had such a close relationship with David, that He even called David a man after His own heart. Was David perfect? Not at all. In fact David also experienced despair while coming to grips with his many failures. My dad used to say it wasn't that David sinned, it was all about how quick David was to admit he had sinned and repent. By this David sets a great example for me. A man after God's own heart, He even promised David that the Messiah - Jesus - would arrive from David's descendants.

A lesson to be learned is that God has a plan for me. David knew how true this is. It was out of this grateful heart that he wrote Psalm 100, a Psalm of thanksgiving. If you want to read more about David's life and how God used him, a good place to start is 1 Chronicles and the Psalms.

Psalm 100:1-5 "Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation."

Life Is Fragile

I take my next breath for granted. I also assume that I will be alive tomorrow. What I mean is there is any myriad of things that could happen to me. I could be killed in a head-on collision on my way home this afternoon. I could choke on a piece of vermicelli at lunch and die. Right now there could be a flesh-eating virus that has started to consume my body. Hey, it could happen! I assume I have another breath, another day or another year. But nothing is guaranteed. We tend to forget that life is very fragile.

Now, I don't want you to dress in a bio-suit bundled in bubblewrap because you're so afraid that something terrible is going to happen to you. However, if you have ever thought to yourself, "I don't know if I'm going to be here tomorrow. I'd better get my life straight with God." Then what I would tell you is, do it now. Don't hesitate. You don't know if you have the next breath. You don't know if you have tomorrow. So get right with God now!

Belshazzar was a very arrogant person. He had seen his Grandfather go through the school of hard knocks before he finally understood that God was the only God, worthy of praise and worship. Belshazzar was so arrogant that he took the cups that were set aside for the sacred worship of God in the temple. He used them to toast pagan gods made of metal, wood and stone. When he did this a hand appeared and wrote "Mene, mene, tekel, parsin" on the wall. Nobody understood what the words meant, so they called for a man named Daniel to translate. Daniel told Belshazzar that he has been weighed and measured and found to be lacking. Then Daniel said, "You have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!"

Everything I have, everything I enjoy, even the air I breathe belongs to God. He allows me to take my next breath. Seize the day. Get right with God today, because we don't know if we'll have tomorrow.

Daniel 5:23-30 "“For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny! So God has sent this hand to write this message. This is the message that was written: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. This is what these words mean:

Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.

Tekel means ‘weighed’—you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.

Parsin means ‘divided’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed."

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