Tuesday, July 26, 2016
“Constantly Loving & Faithful”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 117 NLT
Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. For his unfailing love for us is powerful; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Most of us notice many changing things every single day. Whether we are going with our family somewhere, going to work, out on a walk or somewhere else, we notice changing things.
I don’t have a long drive to my job each day, but one thing I notice each day is the gas prices. I have to laugh, both at the gas prices and at myself because I react to them. Sometimes I say, “Oh sure, there they go up even higher!” when other times I say in a surprised voice, “Wow, they went back down!” We all know there’s nothing consistent about gas prices other than they’re constantly inconsistent.
I notice a lot of other things throughout my day, whether I am driving, at my workplace, at home with my family or other places. It seems no matter where I go or what I am doing, I notice something that constantly changes. Ads and products are always changing. Weather is always changing. Fads are always changing. Technology is always changing.
I could go on and on about all that changes. It’s like I can’t rely on anything to stay the same. No matter what, something is always changing around me. Sometimes, it really drives me crazy because I’d like to see something stay consistent.
While things are changing all the time around me, it is such a great encouragement to know that each day I wake, God is always the same. His unfailing love never fails me and it never changes. He doesn’t love me less or love me more. He doesn’t change His condition on loving me. His faithfulness isn’t different today than from yesterday. I’m so thankful that I can totally and completely rely on His promise to always be faithful and loving to me no matter what.
Friends, I want to encourage you all with this Psalm. We can praise God each day because He is unchanging. His love never fails. He will always remain the same. He is always faithful no matter what. Even when times are tough and life seems unbearable, His love endures.
Praise Him today and every day for His unending love and faithfulness!
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
By Zach Wood
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
We have all done it. Every one of us has had a day when it seems like no matter what we say, it gets us into trouble somehow. We have all had days that we treat our spouses, our kids, other family, loved ones and friends with terrible words that hurt. It’s not that we mean to start our day with the intention of hurting others, but it just happens.
There are some days when nothing but positive things come out of our mouths. Then, there are days when it seems like nothing but insults and criticisms flow. There are days for many of us that either we have thought of using vulgar language toward someone, we mutter it quietly, or we lash out with it to someone around us. Before we know it, we’ve changed the other person’s view of us at that moment.
You wouldn’t be human if you’ve never had a day where you said something you regret. I think of the past 40 years of my life and all the things that I have said to others. I hope and pray that I’ve encouraged more than I’ve discouraged. But I’m sure that I’ve said some pretty rotten and nasty things to people that have hurt deeply. I am human and sometimes I have some pretty rancid thoughts and feelings toward others. I pray that God would not only change my words about them, but my heart attitude toward them as well.
This proverb is powerful. Those who work hard to guard what they say will bring wonders to their life. I think sometimes we grow the most when we “bite our tongue” when we could say something really harsh toward another and, instead, speak words of love. When we let our words fly, so often we regret what we have said in the heat of a discussion.
Friends, our words are heavy. They can either be heavy to encourage or to discourage. Which do you want to do? Do you want to bring ruin to your conversations or do you want to light conversations up with your encouragement and love of God? Do you want to completely restore someone in a conversation or do you want to completely destroy their feelings?
It is amazing what our words do. I want to encourage all of us that we need to work harder and pray more that God would guard our lips so that love will flow from us. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing and anything we say should show that we truly love God.