Thought for the day

“But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news’”                                                                                         Romans 14-15

As we see so many people still going through such difficult and stressful times our prayers and hearts go out to them and we long to reach out and tell them of God’s everlasting love for them, of His tender mercy and compassion; of His faithfulness and protection;  of His peace deep inside dispelling all fears and allaying all anxieties. We want them to know

“The Eternal God is your refuge and His everlasting arms are under you.” 
Deut.33.27. 

We need to pray for God’s guidance, asking Him to create opportunities and prepare hearts, taking out ‘stony stubborn hearts’ and replacing them with ‘tender responsive ones’ (Ezek 36.26) so that we can come alongside people, sharing experiences of what these last few months have meant, telling them of what it’s meant to have God in our lives and helping or encouraging them in every way we can.  We have the assurance that it is not in our own strength we approach others with the Good News but God working in us:

“For God is working in you giving you the desire and power to do what pleases Him.” 
Phil.2.13

As we read in Lesley’s recent Thoughts for the Day, God is always working in us and through us. Like Esther and Mordecai we just need to trust in Him and obey His voice:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.” 
Prov.3.5-6

As we seek to become disciples, we have the wonderful assurance of His promise:

“And be sure of this; I am with you always, even to the end of the age” 
Matt.28.20

God bless and keep you all safe

Val

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