You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the Earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side – Psalm 71:20-21 NKJV.
Many can agree that God has shown us "great and severe troubles," just as the psalmist writes of. The Lord has excellent reasons for allowing distresses to come our way. They may arrive for correction, sanctification, enlightenment, or a number of other motives. God is always good, so let’s not be complainers. We should praise Him at every turn (James 1:2-4).
As we consistently trust and obey the Lord, just like the psalmist, we can look forward to God "increasing our greatness."
We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and as such, we are already distinguished and remarkable. Yes, we're surely great, but God wants to turn the dial of our brightness way on up past high. He wants to increase our voltage tremendously....
When we have a "deep thought" that stands in contrast to our ordinary thoughts, does this mean we're having a moment of personal brilliance, or is it the Spirit of God giving us something new to consider? I'm sure that many times it is God's voice, nudging us to explore a matter from His perspective.
On a recent morning, I was wrestling with negativity—with the usual sniper fire from the enemy, meant to distract me from God's amazing truth. Then a "deep thought" came and sent the enemy running for the hills:
What if I was successful in the world but not close to God—or didn't have Him in my life at all? What a tragedy that would be! I am truly blessed by my current place of need for God's presence and for His provision.
Thank You, Lord, for sharing Your perspective with me!
God was not asking me to discard my faith in His promises—to settle for things as they are. But He was reminding me of the riches I had...
How often do you think of times gone by, wishing you could go back and do a few things differently? Or do you look back with longing to circumstances that were a lot more comfortable? God has blessed us with a capacity to remember our past, but He doesn't want us dwelling there.
TODAY is a glorious gift from the Lord! Every minute of it!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it -
Psalm 118:24 ESV.
Christians don't need to look backward with either regret or desire. And we certainly don't need to be stagnant, allowing yesterday to dictate what happens today. Every new day is filled with tremendous potential for growth and change.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new - 2 Corinthians 5:17.