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November 2014

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” (Ps. 28:7)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. Here we are in November, and our year is almost over. We have gone through good times and bad, and now with Thanksgiving Day approaching  we stop to think of our blessings. What has God brought you through this year? Is it resolved? Or is there something that is still ongoing? We wonder sometimes.... “why Lord?”  Why is this happening to me, or to my loved one? Where are the answers?......

Let us look at how the Psalmist handled these situations. At first he cries out to God asking for a Word from Him. Then he goes on to say how bad his enemies are and what God should do to them! “Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve.” (Vs. 4) Wow! That settles it, right? Surely God will punish them! Ok, yes, God will take care of those who hurt us. He will protect us and see to it that we are helped. He is our shield, and our helper.

However, He has given us the weapons of our warfare.  What does the psalmist do when these times come up?  Psalm 27: 14 tells us: “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.”  This is the answer! When things are tough, when life gets crazy, which it certainly can, God tells us to wait, have courage. When the doctor gives a report that we do not want to hear, we are to have courage. When people hurt us, we are to have courage, and give that situation to the Lord. He will give us the strategy needed to take care of it. Sometimes that strategy is to just do nothing, say nothing and let God handle it.  Other times He will give us a Word from the Bible, or something we hear from the Pulpit which opens the eyes of our understanding, and gives us the wisdom we need in that situation. The answer to all this is to wait upon the Lord. Allow Him to guide us and He will do so. In times of illness, God is with us. He is our Strength! We are to trust that He is with us and watching over us. He is all Powerful and nothing by any means can harm us. The Psalmist goes on to say “Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!” Ps. 28:6 God always hears us! He also always knows what is best for us. Sometimes we think we know best and try to tell God what to do! But He says to “Wait!”  When we think of it, there is nothing in the world that can satisfy our deepest longings. Inside, we are longing to see God and we will not be satisfied until we do. On Thanksgiving Day we eat until our bellies are totally full, and say “I am satisfied.” Yes, we may be for a while, but then a few hours later we are back in the kitchen looking for the left overs! 

No matter what situation we are in, in this life, we will always find ourselves saying, “if only.”  “If only, I were a teenager, I would have more freedom, if only I was 21 I could do this or that. If only I was finished from school I could be working. If only I had a better job I would be happier. If only my kids were grown, if only my kids would visit, if only I were a child again!”  We can go on and on with “if onlys” and then what?

When we look back on our year and review the good times and bad, we can see the times that God has come through for us. It may not be the way we expected, but at the same time, He has given us hope and encouragement when we needed it the most. He works through family, friends, church, co-workers, etc. Sometimes it is doctors, and medicine. However, our life challenges came, and somehow we are here today and reading this letter. We are alive! We have hope for our future! We serve a Mighty God who swiftly comes to our rescue in the nick of time!  He gives us wisdom as we need it. He supplies our needs in such ways that most of the time we cannot understand how it all happened, But it did. We are here! Life can be tough but the God we serve is Tougher! He will never leave us or forsake us, and He holds our future in His hands. He created us. He saw you before you were born and He predestined you to great things! These are things that can come about as we follow Him and His voice. This is our hope!

There is nothing that can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God.

We will, and we will never be satisfied until we do.

Let us take time out this Thanksgiving to thank God for creating us. As the song goes “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” Yes we can. We can face our tomorrows with hope, with courage, and with joy because of Him. We know we will see Him face to face one day and all of our longings will be a thing of the past. In the meantime, let us enjoy our age, our family, our friends, our job, our school. Let us enjoy wherever we are right now and know that our future is in His hands. Let us know that He is there for us, and that we are not going through this life alone. Let us take the time to pray, to seek His face, to be encouraged in Him. Let us worship and adore our Heavenly Father, our Redeemer, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and let us have fellowship with Him and Holy Spirit each and every day. Let us know without a doubt that God loves us unconditionally and that He is for us, not against us. Let us rejoice in our salvation!! 

Father, in Jesus Name, I lift up this reader to You, and ask that You give this person a special experience of Your love on this Thanksgiving Day and always. Encourage this person to be all that You created him or her to be, and watch over and protect all the days of his or her life. We ask for Psalm 91 to cover this person. Divine protection. Give joy and peace to this heart. For Your glory, Amen and Amen. God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!

God bless you!

Pastor Barbara