Exodus 11:3   (KJV)   3 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

God has ways and means of changing people’s attitudes without violating their free will. God is in control; He will work out everything according to His purpose. Those who consider others as enemies can change and see those enemies as friends. Those who abuse their workers can change and honor those workers for being a huge help to them. Those who consider someone in a very negative light can change and see their greatness instead.

God is Sovereign. Even when things seem to be getting out of hand, even when He seems very silent and uninvolved, even when evil seems to be winning and growing. There are specific times in history when God’s handiwork becomes absolutely obvious; when no matter how people act or react, whatever they think, whatever they say or do, however flagrant their rebellion is; pertinent people, things, and events move clearly towards righteousness.

People may not even associate the events with God’s work or intervention, but the momentum becomes unstoppable. The government, mainstream media, Hollywood, educational system, politicians, and many other powerful and influential individuals or groups may unite against God and His people, but all their billions of dollars and their endless rhetoric will even work against them. When God declares special favor upon a person, or His people, favor comes like an unstoppable flood; there’s nothing His enemies can do. So we live in Him; we seek, pursue, and exalt Him, His Kingdom, and His righteousness. Against the torrents of hypocrisy, lies, and abusive attacks, we have peace, knowing we’re on the right side, and His favor is upon us.

Giving Yet Increasing

Isaiah 58:11   (KJV)   11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

God lovingly desires that we all spend eternity in His glorious presence. He wants us to have a wonderful eternal existence. He also wants us to be the best we can be; that’s why He has predestined us according to His foreknowledge to be conformed to the image of our isaiah-58-11-giving-yet-increasingLord Jesus. He also wants us to navigate through our journey correctly and safely. Praise God, He makes sure He’s with us, directing our every step and turn.

Our journey is one of love. We are tremendously loved, we love much as well. This isn’t a loss or something to feel sad about; it’s the most amazing life there is. There’s no life better than a life lived in love. We give a lot, we sacrifice a lot, but we’re never depleted. How can we? We have the infinite Source of all our provisions living in us. This is our very comforting assurance since the need around us is non-stop.

There are those who are in desperate need of help. Our eyes roam; our brains process; God’s voice whispers: all around us are the poor, the oppressed, and the rejected. To them, Christmas isn’t a season of joy; it’s a billboard showing them how badly life has dealt with them. As others are confused as to whether they’ll buy an elliptical machine or a leather jacket for a gift, the rest of them can’t even go to 99 Cents store.

We’re here for them; we willingly extend our hands and let go of our resources to uplift them. We don’t fear exhaustion and lack. At times, we feel like spinning tops—we go south, north, west, east—we get tired, our resources dwindle, but somehow, our strengths get renewed. We continue to run, and we’re not weary, we walk, and we don’t faint. We continue to give, and we continue to increase. We’re truly like well-watered gardens and continually flowing streams. There’s no natural explanation to this, but we live beyond the natural.

Our destiny is wonderfully glorious, so is our journey.

Beloved Children of God

1 John 3:2   (KJV)    2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

One of the greatest blessings in our relationship with God is us being adopted into His family as His very own children. Those of us who receive Him, who believe in His Name, He gave us this awesome right and honor of becoming His children. We have a true, living, 1-john-3-2-beloved-children-of-godloving Father-child relationship with God. This is something affirmed in us by His precious Holy Spirit. We now call Him Dad.

Because we have this saving belief, experience, and relationship with our Father, we’re assured of our eternal destiny: we will spend eternity in His presence, and our predestination will be fully realized: complete conformity to the image of our dear Lord Jesus. Right now we enjoy and celebrate our victories in growth. In this imperfect world where the prince of darkness still has widespread influence, we, though still sharing in this imperfection, though still struggling at times against temptations, though still failing and falling at times, look forward to our ultimate transformation. One day soon, we will see our precious Lord appear in the clouds, and we will be gloriously changed.

God wants us to draw ever closer to Him because He loves us truly, fully, unconditionally, and infinitely. We all turned away from him, went astray and got separated so far away from him. I can’t imagine how much we broke His heart. He did everything so He can bring us back. Through our precious Lord Jesus, we’re back. People don’t understand why we love Him; we don’t have to be forced, threatened, or coerced to pray, read His Word, fellowship with our spiritual family, and speak to others about Him. We enthusiastically and excitedly look forward to them. How can we not be? We and Dad—we love each other very much.