Trust the Giver, not the gifts

advent fri week 3

Do you trust the gifts or do you trust the Giver- even when the brook dries up?

We make our own plans, but the Lord decides where we will go. –Proverbs 16:9

Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody “call back” and cheerily beckon us up on the high hill. We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the attitude. If anyone among us has found anything worthwhile, we ought to “call back.” -Streams in the Desert

Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today. -Matthew 6:34

Disappointments are inevitable, and discouragement is a choice. If you want to overcome your discouragement, you need to realize it doesn’t help to rehash its start or what caused it. You must change your viewpoint. Look to God. Think about what He has done for you- the countless ways He’s proven Himself faithful through the years. Consider what He is doing in your life right now- how He is providing for you and revealing Himself to you. Then look ahead. Claim His promises for the future. -Dr. Charles Stanley

The education of our faith is incomplete if we have yet to learn that God’s providence works through loss. It is, in fact, the material insecurities of life that cause our lives to be spiritually established. The dwindling brook at the Kerith Ravine is a true picture of each of our lives. “Some time later the brook dried up” (1 Kings 17:7 [emphasis added])- this is the history of our yesterdays, and a prophecy of our tomorrows. One way or the other, we must all learn the difference between trusting the gift and trusting the giver. The gift may last for a season, but the giver is the only eternal love.  –F.B. Meyer, Streams in the Desert (Crosswalk offers a free on-line devotional of F.B. Meyer’s works- click here)

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