According to Evelyn Christenson, prisoners who accept Christ while incarcerated often pray, "God, get me out of this hell-hole." If God doesn't, their response to his refusal is, "If that's the kind of God I'm serving now, I don't want anything to do with Him any more. He let me down."
Frequently, however, inmates who have recently become Christians share that they have already grasped that God knows what He is doing, that it is for their ultimate good, and that they can trust Him completely. Then their response to God is, "Thanks, God, for leaving me here. You have a purpose. What is it?"
God does what we trust Him to do. Do you believe a loving God controls every detail of your life? If you believe He is doing that for you, then He is!
God delights in giving moment-by-moment guidance to those who look to Him. Trust and praise Him for the guidance He'll give today-the interruptions, the help in your work, the interactions with others.
Those who seek Him with all their hearts find Him. And if our seeking Him includes looking for Him in the ordinary routine of our everyday lives, we will find Him there.
A key truth God teaches us through His Word is that when we're living in the Spirit, all our circumstances help us. God can make all things, even others' sins, "work together for good to them that love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Seeing God in everything is the only way to find a completely restful life.
Thank You, Lord, that You delight in guiding us in all situations.
"By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night" (Exodus 13:21).
Memory Verse for May
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6, 7).
Prayer Request Where there is more prayer there is more of His Spirit. Pray that God will pour out a spirit of intercession upon His people and that many will be faithful to prepare the way for a visitation of God's Spirit.