Words of Inspiration

All Things in Time

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end" (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV).


We are all in a waiting room for something. Some are anticipating answered prayers for family. Others await a promotion on the job. The list of hopes, dreams, and expectations is extensive. Patience and trust is essential for all who wait. We focus greatly on our earthly time, but God sees all things from an eternal standpoint. We can't begin to fathom what and how He is working out of sight for us.


A deceased but very well-known entertainer once stated in an interview, "All things in time. We want our lives to be like McDonalds. We want things and things to happen right now." In so many words, the artist continued to express how it just doesn't work that way.


Whatever it is you've been waiting on, and regardless of how long you've been waiting, trust the splendor of God's timing.


Empowerment Point: Be patient with yourself and others, and most importantly, know that God is always right on schedule.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You know what's best for me and when to release it. In this world, anxiousness is always an option, and it's difficult to escape. Right now, I turn it all over to You and put my hope in Your perfect timing. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.


Affirmation: I will wait on God.


Courtesy of book "Blessings to Inspire."

Victory in Christ Jesus

  

Read: 2 Corinthians 2:12-17


Focus Verse: "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place" (2 Corinthians 2:14).


A commentary describes this passage as the apostle Paul giving an “account of his labours and success in spreading the gospel of Christ.”  The spreading of the gospel if referred to as a sweet fragrance.


How we represent ourselves as children of God in sharing His Word and our personal knowledge of Him, particularly with unbelievers has a significant impact between the decision of life or death. Our hearts should be filled with joy and certainty that there is victory when the Lord is guiding us on the journey to spread the gospel. Our mission should always be to multiply the Kingdom of God. In addition, we’re not burdened to accomplish this in our strength, but it is our Lord who supplies the strength that we need.


I encourage you to examine yourself. Are you spreading that sweet scent through your relationship with the Lord? Are you making a difference in the kingdom? Our greatest victory in Christ Jesus that we will ever attain as believers is promised to us when others can see not just from out talk, but in our walk that Jesus is real.


Your labor for Christ Jesus will never be in vain. Talk, walk, and serve in victory for the glory of the Lord!