Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.
I think it’s fair to say, we’d all like to live healthy, happy and successful lives. That’s probably why, even although we know being a Christian doesn’t mean we are guaranteed a happy, healthy or successful life, we can sometimes become discouraged when life is hard, and the plans we thought God had for us, either don’t seem to be coming to fruition, or don’t appear to be good for us.
It’s at times like these that we need to take a step back from what we’re facing, and feeling, and remind ourselves that God’s work in us will one day be complete.
I’m sure we each try to follow God’s plan for our lives, but we often fail God, usually because we don’t put our trust fully in God, or we ignore His guidance when we speaks to us. When we put our trust fully in God, He will continue to lead us by directing us along the path He has planned for us. Just like every plan we would make ourselves for a task we have to perform, God’s plan for our lives has an end too:
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.Philippians 1:6 (The Message)
‘The Day of the Lord’ by Steven Ponsford, is a piece of music which I find very encouraging in its portrayal of the end of God’s plan for us. I hope you too find encouragement both from the music and as you read the following verses from scripture.
‘The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night’ (1 Thessalonians 5:2).
‘Your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams’ (Acts 2:17).
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Acts 2:21).
‘The sun shall be turned to darkness, the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes’ (Joel 2:31).