Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Look Back, Look Around, Look Up

"I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your doings;
I muse on the work of Your hands."
Psalm 143:5

When we are in the midst of a trial and peace seems far from us, it's a perfect time to stop what we're doing and mediate on the goodness of our Heavenly Father. Look back to days past when He has brought us victoriously through trouble. Remembering what He has already done for us gives us hope in our current situation. Look around, consider creation and the blessings that He gives us every day through the natural world. Think about how the Lord holds it altogether by His power and strength. How constant He is in bringing the sunrise every morning and the sunset every night. If He is so trustworthy with nature, won't He be so much more trustworthy with our lives today and in the future? Look up. Seek the Lord's face and praise Him. Praising Him when we are troubled is a sacrifice which He will never refuse and one that delights Him. When we focus our attention on Him instead of our circumstances, He responds with all we need for the time. "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). Look back and remember His faithfulness, look around and consider His power and strength, look up and receive His peace.


  1. Nancy, God uses you to speak to me. Thank you God for your faithfulness and for Nancy.

    1. Sue, thank you for your kind words. It's a privilege to serve Him and humbling to know He uses a weak vessel like me to encourage you. Love you.


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