God’s Weather Report

Hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires are happening with greater frequency. But God has His own weather report:

Isaiah 43:1-4 New Living Translation

“O Israel (Christian, believer, child of God), the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
 When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
….
Others* were given in exchange for you.
    I traded their lives* for yours
because you are precious to me.
    You are honored, and I love you.

Isaiah declared this beautiful passage, this message from God, to Israel, when the majority of the population had gone into captivity in Babylon.

For believers today, this is a word of hope, a word of encouragement and a promise from the Lord.

The One who was given in exchange for us is *Jesus.

The One whose life was traded for ours is *Christ.

Never let despair or fear hold you down. Remind yourself of the words and allow them to strengthen your faith: You are honored, loved and precious to God.

Blessings

Nolan Creek at flood level in Belton, TX 2015

Focus on Today

August 25, 2022

SMALL STRAWS by MARSHA BURNS

Refuse to worry about what might be tomorrow, next week, next year, or next decade. You have today to do your best to be the person you are destined to be. It is enough to take care of your responsibilities and challenges as they come. You do not know what lies ahead for you, but you can strive to be the best version of yourself here and now. 

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Pray for Relief

He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside. ~ Job 5:10

The US, and much of the world, are experiencing excessive, oppressive heat. In Texas, we are suffering with extreme drought conditions along with extreme wildfire danger designations all across the state.

On the unfortunate flip-side, there is flooding in Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Virginia & Montana.

Please pray for relief and ask God for mercy. God is good and faithful to answer the cries of His people:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
~ Matthew 5:43-45

Sign seen on the Showers of Flowers shop in Ingram, TX 7.30.22

More to Life than…

…whatever you are getting tied up in a knot about. Don’t spend your energy correcting people on their personal beliefs and habits.

Or being lifted up in pride over your perceived superiority in doctrine or rituals. We are here to love others and point them toward Christ.

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 14:17