But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”
Think about all the people created by God since the beginning of time. No two people have ever had the same fingerprint because God has made each one of us as a unique, one of a kind creation. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He made each of us with a special purpose in mind and we each have been given different gifts, talents and life experiences that make us who we are. Love and accept yourself the way God made you. That doesn’t mean we can’t try to improve ourselves it just means we don’t need to compare ourselves to anyone else. “A flower does not think of competing with the next flower, it just blooms.” – Unknown
Heavenly Father, thank You for the precious gift of life. Help me to love and accept myself the way You created me. Help me to use my gifts and talents to honor You and help me to be the best that I can be for You. Amen
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
When times are tough, when you are struggling or when things in your life seem fruitless, be patient, stay strong and don’t give up. Keep on the path God has set you on in spite of difficulty, obstacles or discouragement. Don’t lose your confidence in God or in His promises, wait patiently on the Lord because He is always on time. Don’t give up, you only fail if you quit. Continue in the will of God, finish your race strong and you will receive what He has promised, eternal life.
Lord, forgive me for the times I feel like giving up. Give me strength to keep going and to keep doing what is right. Help me to stay strong as I patiently wait for your promises to be fulfilled. Amen
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Paul and Silas were in a pretty bad situation. They had been beaten and thrown into prison. They had every reason to be bitter and angry, but because of their love and faith in Jesus they chose to pray and sing to God despite their current circumstances. Whatever difficult situation you may find yourself in today, keep praying and singing to God. Keep praising God no matter what the circumstances. Keep praising Him until He gives you the victory.
Heavenly Father, no matter what difficulties I may face, I’m going to keep praying and singing and praising Your name. I know that You can change any situation I face and work it out for my good. I know that in the end I will have the victory through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Amen
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Let your love for God and your gratitude for His mercy and goodness inspire you to share His love and with others. Let’s motivate each other and encourage acts of love and service for those in need so that our heavenly Father may be glorified. We need to do something, help somebody, tell someone about Jesus. If not us, then who?
Lord, Your love inspires me to help others and to share Your love with those in need. Help me, Lord, to do good deeds so that Your name may be glorified. Amen
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
God is all powerful and there is nothing too hard for Him. When you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances remember that you serve a mighty God who created the heavens and the earth and has infinite power to do anything. Be encouraged and let your faith be strengthened by knowing, that for God, nothing is impossible. Nothing is beyond His power and there is nothing that His power cannot do.
Sovereign Lord, when I am feeling overwhelmed or discouraged help me to remember that with You all things are possible. May my faith be strengthened in knowing that I serve a mighty God! Amen
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Let’s all make an effort to encourage the people around us, especially the people we love and care about most. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing yet it’s so valuable. We can build each other up with loving and kind words that promote hope and courage. A kind word can change someone’s entire day and we all can use a little kindness. Encourage love and kindness for they are never wasted in God’s eyes.
Lord, help me to be an encouragement to those around me. Let my words promote hope and courage and help me to build them up through thoughtful acts of love and kindness. Amen
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
In this world money comes and money goes. If you want to be truly rich in life you must do good deeds and cheerfully share what you have with those in need. Build your treasure in heaven by doing the work of the Lord. Check on the elderly and sick, feed the hungry, give to the poor and do what you can to help a hurting world know God. These kinds of things make a real difference and these are the things that enrich your life. Give, serve, love, these are the sacrifices that please God.
Dear Lord, thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, I am so grateful for all You have done for me. Let me also be a blessing as I give cheerfully, serve others and love generously. May my thoughts, words and actions be pleasing to You, Lord.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
We all have days when we wake up feeling like we just can’t face another day. Don’t let that overwhelming feeling discourage you. Take a deep breath, remind yourself that you are a daughter of the King and straighten your crown. Come boldly to the throne of God to lay your burdens at His feet and receive His mercy and grace for today. God is with you, God is for you and God loves you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You the privilege of being called a child of God. Thank You for always being with me, for me and for Your love that never fails. Thank You for the confidence I have in knowing that I can boldly come to You for help in my time of need. Blessed be the name of the LORD!
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
We are living in troubled times and it’s so easy to go astray from God’s ways. We need to live our lives conscientiously and with purpose. Jesus is your example of how to live a righteous and honorable life. Be diligent and wise in your decisions, making the most of every opportunity, always keeping your eyes focused on the Lord. Ask God to give you the wisdom you need to make the right decisions in your daily life and He will gladly give it to you.
Dear God, thank You for another day of life, thank You for Your goodness and mercy. Lord, grant me wisdom to make the right decisions in my daily life. Help me to live with purpose and to keep my eyes focused on You. Amen
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
We are the clay pot, marred by sin, often feeling unusable. But in the Potter’s hands He is able to transform us into a new creation. We don’t have to be perfect to be used by God, just willing. If we give ourselves to God, He will mold us into a new vessel fit for His purpose and every good work He has planned for us. We may be broken when we come to God, but He can make us whole.
Heavenly Father, thank You for taking my brokenness and making me whole. Thank You for transforming me into a new vessel for Your purpose. I give myself to You so You can use me. Amen