The Bible says in several places that God makes all things new – not just merely improving them.When something is ‘new and improved’. Which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn’t be new.My life obviously is improved because I know Jesus, but that improvement happened because He made me…a new person in Him, rather than just experiencing a little improvement by meeting Him but not knowing Him. What good would that be? The difference is a visitation vs. a habitation. Change and Transformation happen through habitation. Old things have passed away and all things become new.Other gods and philosophies improve a person – but they don’t make them new. Only Jesus does that! So it continues to be all about “Presence.” Get into the Lord’s Presence and you’ll soon see the change – the new you emerging.
Okay – while I am writing this late Sunday night, and its almost midnight. I am believing that most of you will read it on Monday and I am writing to encourage you as you start this work week. I know some of you are in a tough situation. Or maybe you have a tough work environment this week. Or you have a lot of extra work this week that is staring you in the face.
So as I went to write this, I asked the Lord for scripture and He took me to Psalm 13.
“How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?” vv. 1-2
I suspect that some of you reading this can relate to the dally routines of your job and that you don’t have a lot of joy there, but I am here to encourage you with the end of the Psalm – “But I have trusted in Your mercy, and My heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” vv 5-6
I am sure you may be asking, where is the bounty. Well, in the midst of your tough situation, please remember that you do have a job and you do have income, and provision, and God is watching out for you. Be faithful and He will exalt you in due time. And if you’ll just stop for a moment and remember all of the good things He has done for you, I am sure it will begin to change your perspective to some degree to help you through this week.
Here is a little something I posted on facebook last night – maybe it will help
God is at work in you, making all things new – Let the Kingdom process continue – now read the same verses from above in the Message Bible
“Psalm 13: 5-6, “I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms—I’m celebrating your rescue. I’, singing at the top of my lungs. I’m so full of answered prayer.
God Bless you this week – let me know how I can pray for you. I value you and want to see you blessed, encouraged, and prospering. And if this devotional writing encouraged you, why not send the link to someone else that you know right now who could also use some words of encouragement.