September 11, 2020 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | By: Ted N.C. Wilson
Greetings, friends! I hope that you have had a blessed week, sensing the Lord’s presence with you as you have connected with Him day-by-day. As I am sure you know, the Christian walk is not always easy. While there are days when are hearts are full of joy, there are other times when life brings its challenges and we are not sure what to do. Disappointments come. Promises are broken. Unwise decisions made. Friends become enemies. Families break up. Churches split. Sometimes situations need to change but you feel powerless to make any difference.
Yet, there is good news! As followers of Christ, there is a lot we can do! Today, I would like to share with you seven action items that you and I can take to bring about significant change.
Prayer is so powerful that at one time it brought the angel Gabriel down from heaven to work with the Prince of Persia. And when he was unable to change the situation after masterfully working for three weeks, it brought Jesus, Himself to change the situation. You can read about it in the book of Daniel, chapter 10. If the Lord heard Daniel’s prayer, He will hear your prayer, too.
“Love is power,” writes Ellen White in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2. “Intellectual and moral strength are involved in this principle, and cannot be separated from it. The power of wealth has a tendency to corrupt and destroy; the power of force is strong to do hurt; but the excellence and value of pure love consist in its efficiency to do good, and to do nothing else than good. Whatsoever is done out of pure love, be it ever so little or contemptible in the sight of men, is wholly fruitful” (p. 135).
And, number 7. We can wait on the Lord. The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 27, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (verses 13, 14).
So, dear friends, when we are connected to Jesus, we are never truly helpless, and no circumstance is truly hopeless. We can always pray. We can be faithful through God’s grace. We can do good. We can love. We can study the Bible, and uplift Jesus. And, we can wait on the Lord.
Let me pray with you right now, father in heaven, we thank you that we have the word of God that we have promises that help us to be lifted to the throne room of heaven. We thank you that we can pray that we can encourage others and admonish them in the word of the Lord. We thank you that we can bring hope to people through our actions.
That we can be kind and faithful in all that we do. Now, Lord, there may be someone watching right now, listening. It was full of discouragement and hurt. Bring them into your presence and encourage them and help each one of us to know how to meet difficult circumstances and maintain our faith in you.
Thank you for hearing us in Jesus’ name, we ask it. Amen.