June 23, 2020 5 min read

The Lord Knows Your Destiny

The worst of times brings out the best in some people. As we think about sacrificing for others this week, we find some extraordinary stories.

One such story from 70 years ago spotlights a very brave woman.

John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

During World War 2, Romanian Princess Catherine Caradja defied her government’s alliance with the Nazis. When Allied bombers flew over, targeting oilfields, several planes were shot down. The ever-smiling Princess Catherine made sure the crews were taken to hospitals to be treated.

She then made sure they escaped through Italy, and back home! In all, she saved over 1,000 men. The terrible conditions brought out the best in the Romanian princess.

Such examples show us very clearly that courage can be found when necessary. Who knows, maybe you will be called on one day to sacrifice all for someone in danger. Just know that the Lord has always known your destiny, and He knows you will stand strong that day.

Let’s pray. Lord, Jesus is our ultimate example of a friend that lays down His life for His friends. Thank you for His ultimate sacrifice. Amen.

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God Goes With You

Even during times of calm and security, the honest truth is, there are very few examples of really strong and steady leaders.

It’s a given then that when times are scary, brave leaders that reassure us are really rare!

The Bible speaks of one such person.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua was an especially passionate and courageous leader. A born leader. God used him during a time the Israelites were ‘going all wobbly,’ as a political leader once said.

The Israelites had seen it all. A plague in Egypt. An army bearing down on them. Mass hunger. Homelessness for years.

But Joshua played it all with a chip on his shoulder. An edge of anger really that caused him to never be afraid. In his community, he was boss -- and everyone knew it. God made him that way.

You have a responsibility right now, in the face of a global pandemic without a predictable end date.

In your own community—your family at home, your church family, a group of scared co-workers—be a Joshua. Be strong and courageous. Set your feet so that your legs don’t go wobbly, and then tell your people that God has this.

He is with you, wherever this situation goes.

Let’s pray. Lord, Joshua is our human example of courage. Help us keep others safe and calm in the midst of crisis. Amen.

They Refused to Give In

It’s interesting watching the outcomes of people who refuse to give in to fear.

Many years ago, while America was going through a severe economic depression and a world war, President Roosevelt told Americans that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Those listening over the radio said later that they felt a great sense of relief just from his words!

Psalm 23:4 tells us, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Our country emerged from a very scary time to become a people determined to embrace the future. Those who survived those dark days were known as The Greatest Generation. They were because they decided giving in to fear was not an option. It was a simple choice, honestly. They gritted their teeth and went to work.

And prayed like never before.

As individuals, we face their own depression, and our own wars. Any of us can be overwhelmed by the life-altering decisions we must make. Doing all of that living in fear can’t be sustained.

The Psalmist clearly understood that God would rescue him; the words he wrote about it were words of life.

Let’s pray.

Lord, you are great, the greatest, and your love for us is the only thing that should overwhelm us. Amen.

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A Whole Life Plan

Would it surprise you to know that God has always been interested in you? Did you know He knew you before you were born? He has a vested interest in how your life turns out.

Romans 8:31 tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

He isn’t some remote deity. God doesn’t pay attention only most of the time. He doesn’t form His plans here and there. He is there for us all the time.

The question is, where are we?

Before you were born, it was God’s will that you would have a relationship with Him. He has always wanted your life to be successful. He wanted you to have joy hundreds of years before your parents were even born!

So God’s will for your life isn’t confined to now, or even now and going forward. He has always been with you, guiding you through your life. As you look back now, you can see that this is true.

Being in God’s will is all encompassing. It is the beginning, middle, and end of our stories.

If you weren’t exactly in God’s will in the past, learn from that and move forward with Him all the time.

Let’s pray.

Lord, you hold us in your protection for the entirety of our lives. We thank you that you never get tired of that. Amen.

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God is Mightier Than The Waves

Would it surprise you to know that God has always been interested in you? Did you know He knew you before you were born? He has a vested interest in how your life turns out.

Romans 8:31 tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

He isn’t some remote deity. God doesn’t pay attention only most of the time. He doesn’t form His plans here and there. He is there for us all the time.

The question is, where are we?

Before you were born, it was God’s will that you would have a relationship with Him. He has always wanted your life to be successful. He wanted you to have joy hundreds of years before your parents were even born!

So God’s will for your life isn’t confined to now, or even now and going forward. He has always been with you, guiding you through your life. As you look back now, you can see that this is true.

Being in God’s will is all encompassing. It is the beginning, middle, and end of our stories.

If you weren’t exactly in God’s will in the past, learn from that and move forward with Him all the time.

Let’s pray.

Lord, you hold us in your protection for the entirety of our lives. We thank you that you never get tired of that. Amen.

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