Monday, April 03, 2017


Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can't understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

Situations that we do not understand happen all the time. Disasters, poverty, crime, and diseases are part of everyday life. We live in a fallen world; sin rules, and Satan is the prince of darkness. Yet, God can take each of these circumstances, especially the hardest ones that are beyond our understanding, and show us how we can use them to give Him glory.

Jesus said, "Your're asking the wrong question. You're looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here... I am the world's light. 
John 9:3-5 The Message

In a crisis, the one question that usually remains unanswered is "WHY". Scripture tells us not to waste time assigning blame, rather we are to see God in every circumstance, looking for a way to be the light of Jesus to the world. Will we understand everything then? No! The better questions are - How can I best praise God in this crisis? Will others see Jesus in my responses? Am I turning to God for His wisdom and vision in difficult times?

READ John 9:1-7

consider this!

- In verse 2, what question did the disciples ask Jesus?

- Did the blind man approach Jesus and ask for healing?

- How is Jesus improving my vision?

Jesus, You are the Great Physician who heals the bruised and broken. How often i think that only means physical healing. You always offer spiritual healing through difficult circumstances. The world blames You when life becomes dark and complicated. But You are Light and Love! Teach me how to praise God on all things, at all times. For His Goodness is everlasting. Amen. -dho

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