Caught in a rock and a hard place?

http://bible.us/n/vgZt | Psalm 114

Have you ever found yourself in a situation so alien to what you know?

Imagine for a moment Israel back in Egypt – oppressed, persecuted and enslaved!

Compare that to what God brought them into – freedom, plenty where God was their God and they were the envy of the surrounding nations! (v2) Continue reading

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When the going get’s tough

Ps. 30:
You’ve heard the phrase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” it is all to easy when life is all hunky-dory, secure and safe, we have no worries and take perhaps God for granted – yet when things go wrong or bad things happen God get’s the blame!

This Psalm is written as a dedication song for the Temple, yet consider this: King David never saw the temple yet this psalm is ascribed to King David!

Sometimes bad things will happen even to good people! How do we push through those bad times? Do we continue to hang onto the living God, cling onto our focus of where we’re headed? David’s focus in the bad times was the Temple which enabled him to say that even if he suffers and keeps quiet then who will proclaim God’s faithfulness?(v9)

In the hard times, remind yourself of how and when God has been faithful! consider the bigger picture:
1. know your sins are forgiven, yes, God hates sin, that he can’t look at us – yet look at the promise, v5; ‘his anger lasts for a moment, yet his favour lasts a lifetime’ is that not a glorious picture of someone who repents and turns back to God – Acts 3:19 says, repent and turn to God so that times of refreshing may come! and that refreshing, favour lasts forever!!!
2. bad times in perspective: in the light of eternity consider how those difficult times fall into insignificance in the light of the joy that is coming, ‘in the morning with a shout’! (v11) the sorrow will be turned around!
3. Stand strong in His favour! (v7) Yes you can stand strong as you live in his perspective.

Live in fresh perspective today, know that God’s favour is upon you as you come to him this day. Don’t live by the phrase, “When the going get’s tough the tough get going” instead live by the knowledge and revelation that with Jesus in your heart he will give you the strength to get through it – he’s faithful!!!