Saturday, February 2, 2013

Radiate like the dawn

There are two words that can be used to describe faith: certain and sure. Both of these words need a stable beginning and ending place. Faith begins with believing in God's character and believing He IS who He says He is while the end is believing in His promises and that He WILL do what He promises. Believing that God fulfills His promises, though we may not see those promises come to fruition, is demonstrating true faith!

Choosing to trust not only His promises today but His faithfulness and goodness as well!

Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD.

Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the LORD,
and wait patiently for him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land. Soon the wicked will disappear.

Though you look for them, they will be gone. The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.

The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance. But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming. The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right. But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken. It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich. For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the LORD takes care of the godly.

Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.

Psalm 37:1-18