Where to Turn

“Sometimes I just don’t know what to do!”  Have you thought that?  Everywhere you look there’s a wall, an obstacle, an enemy.  For some people the thought is just too much; they’re overcome and some don’t survive.  We need an answer.  It’s been my experience that answers to such hard questions are easier to find when the pressure is not on; when we can search for them in the calm, rather than in the storm.

David wrote:  Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).  This takes faith.  It also requires that we understand the spiritual application; it is not a promise that you will not suffer.  However, it is a promise that your suffering will not overcome you if you are among the righteous.  Have a great day and remember…God loves you and so do I.

Donnie Bates

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An Overflowing Heart

My Bible reading began with this verse:  My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer (Psalm 45:1).  I don’t know how many times I’ve read that verse, but today I thought, “Wow! I didn’t remember a verse for writers!”

As you begin your day today, I would like you to note the key to this verse:  if I make my composition the truth concerning the King, my heart will indeed overflow with a good theme.  And if you make your day an example of the truth concerning the King of kings and Lord of lords, your heart, your day, your life will overflow with a good theme.  God bless you and keep you today and please know that God loves you and so do I.

Donnie Bates

There's a Leaf for That!

Revelation 22:2 describes the tree of life in the New Jerusalem.  There we read the leaves of that tree are for the healing of the nations.  This morning, I would like to make a more personal application.  In 21:4 the apostle said that there will be no tears, sorrow, death, crying, or pain in heaven.  So, the picture we have of the future, eternal home of the saved includes the end of any need for encouraging words.

Jason Jackson recently made a powerful observation and I would like to paraphrase: when tragedy takes the life of a loved one, there’s a leaf for that, for the saved.  Whenever a husband cheats on, physically or verbally abuses his wife, there’s a leaf for that. The list seems endless.  Those healing leaves are there because God loves you and I want you to know, I love you, too.

Donnie Bates

Who Am I?

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:4).  David wrote this question as part of a psalm glorifying God, but sometimes we wonder the same thing, or something similar.  The difference is that we’re not thinking of God’s majesty…just our own smallness.

It’s hard for me to imagine that God loved me enough to let His only begotten Son die for me (John 3:16)!  This may come as a terrible shock to you, but I’m not very lovable at times. [I can hear the gasps now].

Maybe you have that same problem. Perhaps this question troubles you to the point that it consumes your life.  All of us feel very “unlovable” at times, but thanks be to God He loved us anyway!!  Start your day today knowing that God loves you and so do I.

Donnie Bates