“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you,” (Ephesians 4:32). Kindness is one of the principle characteristics of a spirit-controlled life. Kindness activates love, forgiveness, tenderheartedness, patience, and a host of other godly virtues. Generally speaking, I have grown much more patient through the years, but I am still far too easily irked. This is one of the sinister ways the kingdom of darkness attempts to maintain a foothold in my soul. When annoyances are permitted to hang around without constraint, they huddle together and increase in number. In this undisciplined condition of self-indulgence, problems seem huge, and God seems small; then, full-fledged anger pops up like burnt toast! How foolish. Father forgive my imprudence and help me keep my bearings. I am aware of how annoying I must be to You, yet You are eternally patient and kind in spite of my deficiencies. Make me more like You, LORD.
“TheLordis myshepherd; I shall notwant…” Psalm 23:1 ESV. You know what follows, but this simple opening phrase says it all! So, why give in to the convenience of discouragement? Despair offers no rewards, yet since it is so readily available it is easy to take its downhill path. The trail of trust is a much steeper climb, but trusting God grants previously unseen mountaintop vistas, still waters, and a restored soul. God never ceases His tender care, He is “Yahweh Ro‘i “, “The LORD My Shepherd”. Even when we drift away from the fold or run and hide from His care, "The Shepherd of Our Souls" never loses sight of His lambs, not even for a brief moment. Though at times we try, we simply cannot tread alone, for He will never, ever abandons one of His lambs. Blessed Father Almighty, from sinking sand, You lift me, With tender hand, You lift me. Truly, all is well today and forever on the trail of trust.