for in its welfare, you will find your welfare… Jeremiah 29:7

My Pondering

This is all about the Golden Rule and that givers gain. Daniel was a great example of this principle. Joseph and Queen Esther too. Flourish where you are planted. Let your good works be evident in the midst of chaos.

Here is a distinct passage where we this in action.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2nd Corinthians 1:3-5

We receive comfort to provide comfort.

Unfortunately fortunately we also receive sufferings for the same reason. It is a true dichotomy.

If you notice, God doesn’t spare from all troubles, but be encouraged as He both helps us through them and most definently uses them like no other (Romans 8:28 – if you don’t know it by heart, look it up).

Faith is… Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1

My ponderings:

Faith is the active ingredient in all true success and certainly that of salvation. The passage prompts me to ponder the doubting disciple; Thomas. In particular when Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” in John 20:29.

Doubt is the opposite if faith.

Check this passage out: Mat 21:18 — Mat 21:22
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Wow!

I like what Matthew Henry cimments on here: “This persuasion (of faith) gives the soul to enjoy those things now; it gives them a subsistence or reality in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them. Faith proves to the mind, the reality of things that cannot be seen by the bodily eye. It is a full approval of all God has revealed, as holy, just, and good. This view of faith is explained by many examples of persons in former times, who obtained a good report, or an honourable character in the word of God. Faith was the principle of their holy obedience, remarkable services, and patient sufferings.”

My prayer:

Lord, help me to increase my faith and move the mountains in my life. You are the real ‘mover and shaker’.