Remain faithful.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

 There was a quote in one of my morning ‘online’ devotions this week that said “May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come through your door.  Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil; it has no point."  We were brought here to do as His Son Jesus did; accomplish His will.  Sometimes it doesn’t seem like we know what His purpose is for our lives, or what we are expected to accomplish.  Remain faithful, continue to call upon the Lord for direction for your lives and He has promised to be with you and provide direction, comfort and peace.  I close today with the words to the hymn ‘If thou but suffer God to guide thee’ which was written by Georg Neumark in 1640.  It is a long hymn that written a long, long time ago but the words have such great directions for today. 

“If thou but suffer God to guide thee and hope in Him through all thy ways, He'll give thee strength, whate'er betide thee, and bear thee through the evil days.  Who trusts in God's unchanging love builds on the Rock that naught can move.  What can these anxious cares avail thee, these never-ceasing moans and sighs?  What can it help if thou bewail thee o'er each dark moment as it flies?  Our cross and trials do but press the heavier for our bitterness.  Be patient and await His leisure in cheerful hope, with heart content to take whate'er thy Father's pleasure and His discerning love hath sent, nor doubt our inmost wants are known to Him who chose us for His own.  God knows full well when times of gladness shall be the needful thing for thee.  When He has tried thy soul with sadness and from all guile has found thee free, He comes to thee all unaware and makes thee own His loving care.  Nor think amid the fiery trial that God hath cast thee off unheard, that he whose hopes meet no denial must surely be of God preferred.  Time passes and much change doth bring and sets a bound to everything.  All are alike before the Highest; tis easy to our God, we know, to raise thee up, though low thou liest, to make the rich man poor and low.  True wonders still by Him are wrought who setteth up and brings to naught.  Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving, perform thy duties faithfully, and trust His Word, though undeserving, thou yet shalt find it true for thee.  God never yet forsook in need the soul that trusted Him indeed.”   

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.  

May God be with you…Jay