We take for granted the material things we have in this life. There are people in this world, living far and near, who are not privileged to enjoy the things we have. These people have real needs. They have no food, clothing, housing, money, shoes, education etc. Do we reflect and consider when we complain about what we do not have, that there are people who have nothing, yet they seldom complain? Jesus our Lord was a man of compassion. He was moved by the needs of people. "Each day I'll do a golden deed by helping those who are in need."
35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
As a children of God, we need times of complete solitude, to deal with the spiritual, physical, emotional and moral realities of life and to be alone with God the Father in prayer. Yes, we need quiet time to talk and communicate our desires, needs and problems and give thanks to our creator. This quiet time will help to build our faith and and draw us closer to God.
Luke 5:15-1615 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
God has made you strong in some area, perhaps by experience or age. Now, how do you respond to others who who face challenges in their lives? Do you criticize those who have similar or different experiences? Do you use the strength God has given you to uplift others? If you can do that, you will come a long way, not only helping others to be strong, but building on your own spiritual strength.
We who are strong ought to bear the with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
If the Lord permits you to see the rising of the sun, take His presence with you wherever we go. You need to include God in your plans and ask Him to lead and you follow His direction. You need to listen to His voice and be obedient to His written instructions. If you do these things, God will bless your life and open new doors of opportunities. Be strong and courageous, God is with you this day.
Joshua 1:6-96 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.