Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
God’s promises are often conditional. In other words, you have to do your part first and then God will do His part. There is a two-step process to receive this promise from God. The Lord will take care of all your needs but you need to trust in Him and do good. Notice the verse says “and” do good, not “or” do good. While you are waiting and trusting on God to fulfill His promise have faith. Moreover, do good, always keeping His commandments and doing things that are pleasing to Him.
Dear Lord, Thank you for all your promises that have been fulfilled. Thank you for blessing me much more than I could ever deserve. I trust in you, Lord, to provide everything that I need. Help me to remain faithful and to do good while I wait on the fulfillment of promises that are yet to come. Amen
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
God gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts that He expects us to use to serve others. Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality, encouragement and others have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. This Christmas season let the focus be less on ourselves and more on others. If we truly want to please God we must faithfully be generous with our gifts and use them to bless others and to build up God’s kingdom.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
God commands us to love our enemies and do good to them. For some this may be harder than others, but if we are grounded in God’s love and mercy, we can move past our human nature and into the spiritual characteristic of Christ. Our heavenly Father has shown us great love and mercy and expects us to be kind even to those who are ungrateful and wicked, not because they deserve it, but because we are striving to live a life that pleases God.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
God is good and giving Him grateful praise through songs is a beautiful way to worship Him during your prayer time. When you come before the Lord singing joyful songs not only does it please God but it also refreshes your soul. It doesn’t matter how well you sing; what matters is that it comes from your heart.