July 31

O Lord of hosts, you are God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Isaiah 37:16 

Then I saw the heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles. Revelation 19:11 GNT 

What a comfort to know that God is always there for us and is always the same. He is always just in what he does, in what he created, and in what he teaches and models as guidance for each of our lives. He is faithful and true. 

There are days when it seems that chaos reigns. Nothing goes right. It may be the result of illness, the loss of support or work, the disappointment in what those about whom we care have done or said; etc. You can fill in the blank(s) with your own life stressor(s). These situations are real and do impact our lives in significant ways. 

How one reacts is the only thing any one person can control. When one’s discouragement makes one turn to God, who is the ultimate example for each of us, the difficulties one experiences cannot rule. God, living and working through each one of us, brings victory and fills us with strength of spirit. This strength of spirit gives each of us the opportunity to share God’s peace with others. 

Dear Lord and Savior, 

Thank you for reigning over heaven and earth. Your Spirit pours out on each one of us to give us renewal and revival. Thank you for making us the benefactors of this precious gift. Help each of us to be an example of victorious living, and then, help us to provide encouragement to another needing your strength. Amen.

Florence Smallfield