Kindnesses of the Lord


“I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us—yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.” (Isaiah 63:7 – NIV)


August 2004 Trip2 018mWhat beautiful words from the prophet Isaiah! And what a great reminder for us to tell others of all the good that the Lord has done for us. When is the last time you told someone of just one good thing the Lord has done for you? Maybe this is a lesson for each one of us. I pray that there will be an opportunity today for you and me to share the goodness and kindness of our heavenly Father.


I’m so excited to share today’s repeat blog post. I pray that you will find some encouragement and hope in the words that follow.


Encouragement and Hope


As you may know, our lead pastor and a few others on staff are giving daily Bible readings to ponder through the summer. On Monday, we receive a listing of five passages to read each day. We’ve been given the S.O.A.P. method for reading and meditating on these verses. It’s been such a joy to be in God’s Word in this manner. Today’s passage was especially meaningful.


Romans 15:1-4 is the passage of the day. These four verses are packed with wisdom. Bear with one another. Encourage the weak. Please our neighbors for the good it brings out in us. But then there is this little gem.


“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 – NIV)


If you’ve read my blog for any period of time you know my love of Scripture. It’s even more endearing to me after reading this verse.


Life is tough. Junk happens. And to be honest, sometimes seeking guidance from God’s Word is the last thing we do. But when we are at the end of our rope we can find encouragement and hope through God’s Word. The Bible contains the sweetest words we could ever read.


Another little thing I read this morning was a reminder to use Scripture to fight off the attacks of the evil one. When we face these battles with the words, “It is written,” the devil must flee. He knows the power of God’s Word. When we use Scripture against him, he’ll find another to attack.


I believe God’s Word holds the key to every difficult (or lovely) situation in our lives. They may not be specific words, but as we’ve seen in Romans 15:4, we will find encouragement and hope by spending time in God’s Word. And sometimes that is exactly what we need.


If you are facing a battle today, pick up your copy of the Bible. Read Romans 15:4. Let the evil one know that you aren’t going down without a fight. Be specific. Speak it out loud. Don’t be afraid of the one who wants to destroy your faith. God is bigger and stronger and more powerful than anything the deceiver will throw at you. Ever.


I’ll be praying for you today. Oh, I don’t know specifically what is going on in your life, but God does. I don’t know each name of those who will read my blog, but God does. And God will work in your life, because His Word says He will.


It is written.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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