Are you ever struck by how God seems to speak directly to us through multiple Bible passages, saying the same things and reinforcing the message? Today, a unifying theme seems to run throughout our readings: God’s purposes and plans in our lives may not be clear, but we can trust in His grace and mercy. Today we’ve been reading in:
JEREMIAH 29….Remember the promises of God…turn on your “windshield wipers” when the mud flies in your face…..as the windshield clears so we can see, even in tough times, the welfare that God plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), our belief grows strong and the swerving of anxiety smoothes out.
ECCLESIASTES 8….Remember that sometimes we may never know the WHY of suffering
JOHN 4….Remember that God goes out of His way; He is intentionally gracious to us.
JAMES 5:7-12….Remember to be patient in suffering, God always has a purpose for what we go through
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.