[Editor's note: Beyond Sunday is a Monday refresher to carry you through the week.]
Focus Verse of the Week
Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion? (Psalms 77:8-9)
Though you cannot see how something can be done, if God has said that he will do it, that's enough. There can be no obstructions to promised salvation, which we need to fear. He who is the God of this salvation, and the Author of the promise, will prepare his own way for the doing of his own work, so that "every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill brought low" (Luke 3:5).
Though the valleys seem so deep that we cannot see the bottom, and the mountains so high that we cannot see the tops of them, God knows how to raise the one and level the other (Isaiah 63:1: "I that speak in righteousness (or faithfulness) am mighty to save." If anything would keep back the kingdom of Christ, it would be our infidelity; but he will come, though he should find no faith on the earth (Romans 3:3).
Don't be discouraged because God seems slow in his work... you have a sure and faithful word to rely upon. Promises, though they be for a time seemingly delayed, cannot be frustrated. Don't harbor such a thought within yourselves. The being of God may as well fail as the promise of God. That which does not come in your time, will come in his time, which is always the more convenient season.
(Adapted from Charles H. Spurgeon's The Treasury of David.)
A Thought to Keep
It's easy to be discouraged from our vantage point here on earth, but let us have the mind of Christ in seeing things from God's perspective. He hasn't forgotten us or His promises to us. It's just that His timing is perfect.