12/16 - "I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises
to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust
in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation." (Psalm
146:2-3 - ESV) Christians, no matter what earthly circumstances might
be, know that their only sure hope is in the Lord - not in any human, no
matter what office he/she may hold. Therefore, we will praise the Lord
as long as we live.
12/17 - "Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in
the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in
them, who keeps faith forever." (Psalm 146:5-6 - ESV) This is why we
can trust our God. He is the almighty Creator of heaven and earth and
all things within them. And His love for us never fails nor
12/18 - "Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say
to those who have an anxious heart, 'Be strong; fear not!'" (Isaiah
35:3-4a - ESV) Many in our day have
"weak hands, feeble knees, and anxious hearts"! Now God calls upon us
who know Him to help those whose faith is undergoing a test.
12/19 - "Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the
Lord." (James 5:7a - ESV) In the midst of all the evil so
prevalent and obvious today, even the Christian can sometimes become
discouraged. James encourages us, however, to be patient - all this
evil will be destroyed when the Lord returns. So we echo John's words
at the end of Revelation: "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
12/20 - "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest." (Matthew 11:28 - ESV) Until the Lord does return, don't
ever forget this invitation that the Lord extends to each of us!