Known by God

But now, this is what the LORD says–he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel; “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”Isaiah 43:1-2


  • Do I believe that God has summoned me by name, and that He will be with me when I feel spiritually lost?
  • Do I believe that God has a specific purpose just for me on this earth?
  • Why does God guarantee that He will be with me during life’s trials, but doesn’t necessarily prevent those trials from taking place?

Sometimes we assume that because we believe in God and have faith and trust in Him that He will protect us from grief and hardship. But that isn’t necessarily true. We live in a broken world, and that means that most of us will not walk through life unscathed. We must remember that God walks with us–He doesn’t send us off alone to forge through the wilderness. He accompanies us every step of the way–through deep waters, through the blazing fires of life. He knows each of us by name, intimately and thoroughly–our fears, our flaws, our deepest desires. And He guides each of us on our own, individual path … going before us and coming behind us as we navigate the hills and valleys of life.

Ask for change: Lord, help me to trust that You are here, right here with me. Help me to know with utter confidence that You will never leave me alone.
Consider what’s real: It’s easy to trust God in good times, when life rolls along smoothly and our worries are few. The key, of course, is to know that He is with us even when we feel alone, even when we might feel abandoned in the midst of our spiritual wilderness. The next time you are in such a desolate place, take a moment to reflect on other difficult times in the past that you survived with God at your side. And know that He’s got your back today.Source: Culled from Crosswalkmail.

Working Together, We Can Accomplish More

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).
God put us on Earth to do a certain work that only we can do. Ephesians says that God created us to do good works and that he planned in advance what we would spend our lives doing. However, he didn’t plan for us to do that work alone. We need people to work with us.

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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Amen. – Matthew 28:18-20

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Money can Affect Relationships

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour. – Proverbs 19:4

Money buys friends, lots of friends. The rich easily have an entourage of happy and serving friends. Poor men, without money, cannot even get neighbours to be friendly. A wise king wrote this proverb for lessons to help you be understanding and successful.
Friendships based on money are false, and the happy and helpful entourage is selfish and looking out for themselves. Once the money runs out, the fair-weather friends fly away, the entourage disappears. Even once-helpful neighbours avoid and reject a poor man.

Some proverbs teach an obvious lesson. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” is not difficult to grasp (Proverbs 22:6). The value is obtained by exploring the full sense of proper training, the nature of a child, the way he should go, and what is an old child. The lesson is clear, but you must dig for the details.
Other proverbs declare an observation from life. The lesson is only implied, and it is your duty to find it. Solomon wrote many proverbs of this kind, and here is one of them. He wrote his observation about the effects of money on relationships, and it is your privilege to identify the lesson, which is a condemnation of measuring people mostly by money.
His observation is true. Men follow those with money, for they hope to get some of it for themselves. Learn to see through the false words and actions of such men, who worm their way among the friends of the rich. They are not there for the rich man; they are there for the man’s riches. They hope to get whatever may spill over of his wealth.
Numbers of friends should not impress you: the crowd is only temporary – while the money lasts. The popularity does not prove anything good or noble by the one being followed or the followers. You must recognize the power of bribes and the greed of men, and you should have a jaundiced view of popularity due to financial success or influence.

Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.