Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith


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Why?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

LogoIts hard for us to understand many of the things that happen in this life.

Man’s great question continues to haunt us – Why?

  • Why is one healthy but another suffers?
  • Why do some have plenty while others go without?
  • Why does one heart accept Christ but another rejects?

The more we try to understand it seems the more our understanding fails – yet another “why”?  For this “why”, God has given us the answer.  Are you ready?  We don’t really want to understand.  We just want things to be different.  We want things to conform to our own mind set. We want God to think like us.  To put it in our modern terms, we try to “dummy down” God’s word to fit our thoughts and our ways rather than raising our thoughts and ways to His.

Take heart.  Jesus did not leave us without a Helper.  For those of us who are in Christ, and who are willing to accept, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us all truth and give us all understanding.  Look what Paul writes:

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? “But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

Does that mean we will never again ask why?  No, of course not.  We are still trapped in our human bodies and limited by our human minds.  Does the knowledge make it easier to accept?  No.  Suffering continues, our hearts still break, our strength still fails. But even so, we do not become discouraged because we have our hope in the promise of that better day to come.

Final thought.  Let us thank God that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.  Imagine if you will what this world would be like if our thoughts and ways were higher than God’s!

Sandra

 


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Confident

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Words of grace.  Words of anti-discouragement.  Words that defeat Satan’s lies.

Two cups of coffee on the table in the gardenThoughts of defeat, fear of failure, a sense of unworthiness. These are the the lies that the enemy whispers into your ear. Don’t listen.  When the devil comes at you with his lies, remember-

God is not slack – He fulfills all His promises.

God is persistent – He is not willing that any should perish.

God is good – All His works are good.

God is not a quitter – He is long-suffering in His love for His children.

From the moment you committed your life to Jesus, the Lord began His good work in you.  You can be sure that until the end of your days on this earth, He will continue to do and to perfect all that is in you, for it is all to His glory.

Sandra 


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DailyBread

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (John 21:12)

Sharing a meal is such an intimate thing.

Since our bodies are sustained by the food we eat, when we break bread together, we are, in effect, sharing life.  In the gospels Jesus talks about food often, both literally and figuratively; both physically and spiritually.  Jesus spoke –  “…open the door and I will come in and dine with you”,  “I am the bread of life”, “take, eat, this is my body”, “feed my sheep”, “come, have breakfast” (that I have prepared for you).

When we pray “give us this day our daily bread”, we are saying “feed me Lord with the Bread of Life.  Sustain and nourish my soul with the meal you have prepared for me.”

David wrote in Psalms 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”  As you begin your day, take time to sit at the Lord’s table, enjoy the feast has prepared for you.

Sandra