April 2020

My Daily Quiet Time

April 2, 2020 || from the heart

For the Lord God is a sun and a shield. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:11

“Sun and Shield” speaks of God’s overall protection and the things He provides for us. This of course comes in many different tangible and intangible ways. From the physical provisions He gives to us, to the members of our family, to the jobs that further give us what we need. You see something in your life, it was provided by God.

He gives us something else too.

His word.

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”

Luke 6:45

The first recorded sermon of Jesus was “The Sermon on the Mount.” In that sermon, Jesus gives us HIS standards for living. As you might assume, they aren’t what we hear about from the world around us. They are as opposite from that as we could get.

At the beginning of that sermon, we are given the Beattitudes. This is a list of godly attitudes that show us how to find true happiness in the midst of an unhappy world. If you have ever read through them they don’t exactly scream happy or at least not in the way we generally define happy. In these verses, the word blessed is used over and over. That word blessed is translated {happiness and contentment} throughout these verses.

I don’t know about you but happiness and contentment seem to be what we are all searching for. We seek out ways to make our conditions nicer. We find ways to improve our circumstances. Yet, we don’t always realize, in the midst of trials or unpleasant circumstances, that our happiness and contentment isn’t dependent on them going away.

No, our happiness and contentment is built on something far greater than our circumstances.

In the verse above from Psalm, we see that God provides for us everything we could possibly need. Yet, one of His greatest provisions is perhaps our most underused. His Word.

The only way for our “mouth” to speak “good” is if we fill our “hearts” with “good,” and the only good there is can be found within the pages of God’s word. If we fill our hearts with His word, there is no room for evil thoughts. Evil thoughts like anxiety, fear, worry, anger, or hate. None of those can dwell in a heart full of God’s praise.

April 6, 2020 || being happy…

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Matthew 5:3

The word “blessed” is translated as {happy, fortunate, blissful} all good things right?

Websters defines “happy” as {feeling or showing pleasure or contentment} that sounds good as well, right?

Like all things when Jesus teaches us, happiness, it isn’t just what is on the surface, it’s much deeper.

Being happy is a deeper emotion that is not just a superficial feeling of OK. It’s peace in knowing who our strength, happiness, mercy, well basically our “everything” is found in.

Happiness is knowing that alone we can do nothing but “in Christ” all things are possible. Happiness is in knowing that our strength will fail, but His will never. Happiness is knowing that in the midst of the storm He is our shelter when we can find none for ourselves. Happiness is knowing even in uncertainty His path is easy to find because HE lights our way. Happiness is in knowing we WILL fail but He WILL forgive.

Happiness is looking toward HIM and not toward our circumstances.