He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Holy Bible, New King James)
Seasons of life are not defined by clocks or calendars. They are experienced as infants, toddlers, preschoolers, tweens, teens, young adults, baby boomers, and seniors. The clock ticks the same for all of us, sixty seconds in each minute, but life becomes a winter snowball racing downhill as we age.
We remember life through events and celebrations, birthdays, school graduations, first vehicle, marriage or career decisions, first home, children, and grandchildren. God sees how we react to each of these seasons. He measures our spiritual progress, not by clocks or calendars, but by His delight in how His beauty shines through us.
Prayer: Eternal God, I am thankful Your presence shines in all seasons of my life. Amen.
“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God’” (Mark 11:22, Holy Bible, New Kings James).>
There are days when nothing goes right and you question why. No milk for cereal. Traffic is intolerable. When you reach your destination, you’re confronted with more problems. Later, you come home to chaos, not peace. Your faith shrinks. When the day ends and tomorrow’s sunrise appears, those temporary events have faded in the shadows of important things. Your faith is renewed.
When the next serious situation arises, you pray but your faith is shaken again when things don’t go as anticipated. You ask, “Why didn’t God answer?”
He did. He said, “Have faith in God.”
Prayer: Lord, help me to trust in You with faith for the answers. Amen.
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ ” (Matthew 16:12-16, Holy Bible, New King James).
Jesus canvassed his disciples with a public opinion poll. His question, “Who do people think I am?” They named prominent prophets. Then Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”
Peter spoke with boldness. “You are the Christ,” echoes through history as a great affirmative, a personal declaration of the deity of Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, while people everywhere argue about whether you were just a good man, a teacher, a prophet, or just a legend, I stand with Apostle Peter to declare that You are the Christ. Amen.