Many of you have gone through a lot this past year. For many, it was hard BEFORE Covid came along. God never changes, like we do. We change based on how we are feeling. What we have gone through. What people have done to us. Etc. Etc. But God never changes. He is always good. He is always faithful and just. His mercies, however, change with every new morning because of our depravity (the evil in and around us). I don't know about you, but I need his mercy and grace every single day!
In order to get through this life without getting bitter, angry, jealous, unforgiving, self-centered, and longing for the things of this world instead of God's will, our portion must be in HIM. Our hope must be in HIM. But what does that actually mean? "The Lord is my Portion". If you get a portion of food, you will be hungry again. If you get a portion of money, it will run out. If you get a portion of time, it will end. But if your portion is in the Lord, if your waking, sleeping, doing, wanting, hoping, and needing are "all" in the Lord, things change.
We will NOT be bitter. We will NOT become easily angered. We are NOT going to be jealous of other people. We are NOT going to be unforgiving to those who have done us wrong or misuse us. We are NOT going to spend this life focused on what is best for me. We are NOT going to be caught up in the "what if's" and "if only's". We are NOT going to lose sleep over Covid or Politics.
We ARE going to have peace. We ARE going to have hope, joy, forgiveness, mercy, thankfulness, ambition, grace, kindness, gentleness, compassion, endurance. We ARE going to have Christ's love that overflows to others around us. We ARE going to have a light that shines despite the darkness around us. It will NOT be blown out or hidden.
"Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven: we have sinned and rebelled; You have not forgiven." -Lamentations 3:40
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 3:14