Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“I made the earth and created man upon it, I, with My hands, stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host…I have raised (her) up in righteousness, and I will direct all (her) ways.”
“He who suns and worlds upholdeth
Lends us His upholding hand;
He the ages who unfoldeth
Doth our times and ways command.
God is for us;
In His strength and stay we stand.”
Thomas H. Gill
“You have trusted Him in a few things, and He has not failed you. Trust Him now for everything, and see if He does not do for you exceeding abundantly above all that you could ever have asked or thought, not according to your power or capacity, but according to His own mighty power, that will work in you all the good pleasure of His most blessed will. You find no difficulty in trusting the Lord with the management of the universe and all the outward creation, and can your case be any more complex or difficult than these, that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of it?
Hannah Whitall Smith
Today’s Study Text:
“O Lord, thou has searched me, and known me, Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways…Whither shall I go from Thy spirit; or whither shall I flee from Thy presence. If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”
Psalm of David
Psalm 139:1-3, 7-10
“Nurturing The Embers of Hope”
“My Father’s World: Part 18
“Everything that God has created is like an orchestra praising Him.”
Approved Unto God
When I arise each day, do I take time to remind myself that this is my Father’s world?
In the events of each day, how do I reflect on the fact that God is in charge?
“Think about it: If there is a Creator who knows us and cares about how we live, then our lives should be profoundly affected.”
“Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.”
Our story of Esther begins with great feasting in the country of Medo-Persia. I call it the “patting yourself on the back” banquet.
But something I’ve noticed in my own life and just maybe you have also witnessed this occurrence in your life as well, is that it seems to me, that just when I’ve started to think I’ve got everything in “Dorothy’s World” running perfectly like a well-oiled wheel, something happens that brings me up short – reminding me that I’m not very good at running my world as well as I thought I was.
At the end of Chapters 1 and 2 in the book of Esther – things look like they are going great. King Ahasuerus has a new, young beautiful queen. Esther has been elevated to the position of royalty in Medo-Persia. A Jewish girl as queen. And her cousin Mordecai has a well-placed position at the gate of the palace. What’s more, his watchfulness on behalf of the king proved to keep the king safe from would-be assassins.
If you and I had been alive to witness all that had taken place in Medo-Persia, we may have been moved to say, “I can see God’s hand at work. His children are placed in government positions and God is truly in charge.” Our observations would have been right on. But as we move forward in this treasured book of the Bible, we are going to be awakened to a fact that it is just as critical for us to remember that when we aren’t able to see what God is doing, we must not forget that He is still in charge.
My own memory was jogged this past week as I thought of several experiences in my own life when I felt very abandoned by God, only to realize months later, that what I thought was God’s unconcerned forgetfulness was in fact my own blindness to His ability to handle more than one issue at a time in my life.
Recently I read a story penned by what was called the “Prairie Overcomer,” which illustrates how our Almighty Father on high guides your life and mine, just as He guided the events in Medo-Persia so very long ago:
“Before the days of modern navigational aids a traveler made the Atlantic crossing in a boat equipped with two compasses. One was fixed to the deck where the man at the wheel could see it. The other compass was fastened up on one of the masts and often a sailor would be seen climbing up to inspect it.
A passenger asked the captain, ‘Why do you have two compasses?’
‘This is an iron vessel,’ replied the captain, ‘and the compass on the deck is often affected by the surroundings. Such is not the case with the compass at the masthead; that one is above the influence. We steer by the compass above.’”
What we will witness in the story in Esther is that when we look above for the guiding hand of our heavenly Father, no matter the rough seas which we face, we have an alert Guide who is not only capable but is competent and He will carry us through every storm we encounter along our way.
“Knowing that I am not the one in control gives great encouragement. Knowing the One who is in control is everything.”
God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea
“God of the earth, the sky, the sea,
Maker of all above, below,
Creation lives and moves in Thee;
Thy present life through all doth flow.
Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,
Thy life is in the quickening air;
When lightnings flash and storm winds blow,
There is Thy power, Thy law is there.
We feel Thy calm at evening’s hour,
Thy grandeur in the march of night,
And when the morning breaks in power,
We hear Thy word, ‘Let there be light.’
But higher far, and far more clear,
Thee in man’s spirit we behold,
Thine image and Thyself are there,
The in-dwelling God, proclaimed of old.”
1819 - 1892
This Is My Father’s World
“This is my father’s world,
And to my listening ears,
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world;
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world,
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world;
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world,
O! Let me never forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.”
Maltbie D. Babcock
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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