January 10, 2016

Through It All

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him (Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV).

Sometimes it seems like life is one big transition. Life throws situations at you that you could never plan for or dream up. Change is a difficult process. When transitional storms come, they test and strengthen your root system. If you are not spending time with God when the skies are cloudless, you may be completely unprepared to handle the storms of life when they come.

Paul said he had learned to be content no matter the circumstances. That is a goal we should all set our hearts to attain! He knew how to hit bottom and be content, and to soar on the heights and still be content.

Time spent giving adoration to the Lord through your fasting, prayer and worship—regardless of your circumstances—will help you become rooted and grounded in your faith, ready to weather any storm. God can cause you to flourish even during difficult transitions, and people who flourish in troubled times have been used to change destinies!

Lord, I receive Your grace to be content in all situations, when I have need and when I have plenty. Teach me to live humbly regardless of my circumstances. Let me “. . . see Your face in righteousness and be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness” (Psalm 17:15 NJKV).