Finally Friday Again: Damage, Darkness, Decisions, and Destiny – April 17 Devotions
It’s here again, Friday, the end of the work week for some–just another day for others. On this Friday and this date, I was amazed at the common themes running through all three devotional thoughts I’m going to share. Written by two different authors, in three different years (1994, 2003, and 2004), yet scheduled for THIS day–and all timely and relevant for me.
Now onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“In His Word, God has given us the tools we need to help us through each new day. He has given us ‘the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’ (see Isaiah 61:3). So when you wake up in the morning, decide that no matter what happens, you will not be depressed today.
Put on the garment of praise first thing in the morning. Listen to worshipful music, read the Word, and renew your thoughts to bring them into line with what God says you are: righteous and blessed. You can think right, talk right, and act right all day, if you spend time with God before trials come your way.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“Lord, thank You that You have me in the place You want me just now…even if I got here through wrong choices or indifference or even rebellion, yet You knew my mistakes and sins before I ever existed, and You worked them into Your plan to draw me to Yourself, to mold and bless me, and to bless others through me.
Thank You that even if I’m here through the ill will or poor judgment of other people, all is well; for in Your sovereign wisdom, You are at work to bring about good results from all those past decisions, those past events beyond my control–good results both for me and for others.
So I rest in the fact that You have me in this place for this day, and I praise You that You will faithfully guide me throughout life to just where You want me to be, as I seek do Your will.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“There are times you just can’t see through the darkness that seems to be closing in around you. It is in those times of endurance and patience that your faith is stretched and you learn to trust God even when you can’t hear His voice. You can grow in your confidence level to the point where ‘knowing’ is even better than ‘hearing.’ You may not know what to do, but it is sufficient to know the One Who does know.
Everyone likes specific direction; however, when you don’t have it, knowing God is faithful and ever true to His promise, and that He has promised to be with us always, is comforting and keeps us stable until His timing comes to illuminate the situation.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- I didn’t have music on until I read this first devotional; I turned on my instrumental praise music (thank you, Pandora!) and already feel much lighter than I did earlier. The power of the right kind of music at the right time…
-2- This one, and this line especially: “You are at work to bring about good results from all those past decisions, those past events beyond my control–good results both for me and for others.”
-3- Seeing through the darkness, standing next to the One Who is the Light, Who “comfort[s] and keeps us stable until His timing comes to illuminate the situation.” Ah, yes…patient endurance.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you find certain types of music comforting and uplifting?
How do you deal with those past events beyond your control? Do you believe God works all things out for our good, eventually, in HIS timing –which is usually NOT anywhere close to the OUR idea of good timing?
Do you struggle to see through the darkness? Do you patiently endure, waiting for that glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel, even when someone keeps extending the tunnel? (Or so it seems).