Wisdom For Each Day – December 17, 2014

Discouragement and depression can come for many reasons.  We all brush up against them – when we lose someone to death, for example, or experience a problem that overwhelms us.  Depression may even come from chemical imbalances in our bodies; when that is the case, modern medicine often can help.

At the same time, when we feel discouraged or depressed we need to turn to God in prayer and commit the situation into His hands.  This isn’t a substitute for medical treatment if we need it; God ordained the physical laws that govern our bodies, and He can use the insights of medical science to bring healing.  But ultimately…when we face problems of any kind we need to turn to Him.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

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Wisdom For Each Day – December 16, 2014

No Psalm is better known or better loved than Psalm 23, which probably owes its origin (at least humanly speaking) to David’s boyhood years as a shepherd.  But has it become so familiar to us that we have forgotten its riches?

Look at the verses.  They tell us first of all that God is like a shepherd to us – guiding us, keeping us safe, protecting us from our enemies, giving us everything we need to sustain our lives.  But they also hint at our tendency to wander and get in trouble, like the lost sheep in one of Jesus’ parables (see Luke 15:17).

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

Psalm 23:1-3

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Wisdom For Each Day – December 15, 2014

My dictionary defines wonderful as anything that is so unusual or magnificent that it causes wonder and amazement.

Jesus was wonderful in His life.  He mingled with sinners, yet His enemies could find not one single flaw in His character.  His miracles and His teaching both testified to His divine authority.

Christ was also wonderful in His death.  He died for others just as He had lived for others: To make our salvation possible.  And his death lead to the wonderful, glorious Resurrection, opening for us the door to Heaven and eternal life.

Jesus is wonderful indeed!

He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

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Wisdom For Each Day – December 14, 2014

If you took a poll of people you and I pass every day on the street, many would say that the main reason they aren’t attached to the Christian faith – is the Christians they know.  Some repel them by their self-righteousness; others show no love or compassion; still others show little concern for the world and its problems.  Most of all, they’ll point out, Christians can’t seem to get along with each other.  Why should we believe in Christ (they say) when He doesn’t seem to make any difference in the lives of His followers?

Do others see Him in you?

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble…because to this you were called.

1 Peter 3:8-9

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Wisdom For Each Day – December 13, 2014

Does God honestly care about what is going on in our lives?  When hard times hit or illness strikes, does He really care?

The answer is “Yes – a thousand times yes!”  When the apostle Paul wrote these words he had just endured one of the hardest times of his life: “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8).  But in the midst of it God assured him of His compassion and presence, and in time God brought Paul through the trials he was experiencing and opened the door to new opportunities.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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Wisdom For Each Day – December 12, 2014

Can you blame Abraham and Sarah for doubting God’s promise that within a year she would bear a son?  Sarah had been childless all their married life, and now she was approaching the age of ninety.  [But] the impossible happened: Isaac was born.

Remember Abraham and Sarah the next time you encounter what seems to be an insurmountable problem.  Nothing was too hard for God then – and nothing is too hard for Him today.  If it were, why would we pray?  But God is still sovereign over His creation, and He is still at work.  That doesn’t mean He always answers the way we wish He would – but never doubt His power, and never doubt His love.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?  I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.

Genesis 18:14

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Wisdom For Each Day – December 11, 2014

[Christmas is] such a busy time, and our spending easily gets out of control.  Instead of a season of peace and goodwill, it becomes a season of exhaustion and resentment.  Of course Christmas shouldn’t be this way – nor does it need to be.

There is a deeper solution to having a good Christmas – and that is to rediscover its true meaning.  At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who came down from Heaven to save us from our sins.  May you see His glory this Christmas season!

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped.

Matthew 2:10-11

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