But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:18 (KJV)
We can always have a confident expectation of good. As we receive the favor of God that is in Christ Jesus, we may be sure that—no matter whether we find ourselves in the valley or on the mountaintop—something good is coming out way. Let us take hold of this promise and rejoice in how good our God is!
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Him. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Doing things in our own strength will sooner or later wear us out. Yet when we learn to live lives of total and complete dependence on God we will find ourselves drawing on His strength and His ability. We will be equipped and empowered to thrive and succeed in all we are called to do.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
Perfect peace is the kind of peace that cannot be shaken by circumstances. This is the kind of peace that comes from knowing whose we are and whom we have believed. Today, keep your mind stayed on Jesus. Trust Him, and let His perfect peace fill every fiber of your being.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 62:5-7 (KJV)
When we place all our trust and expectation in the goodness and faithfulness of God, we will not be disappointed. While God often works through other people, let us remember always that He alone is the rock of our salvation and our strength.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 16:11 (KJV)
When we look to Jesus and walk with Him, He will lead us up the path of life. We discover in His presence a joy that cannot be taken away, we will find the pleasures that come from knowing who we are in Him and what He has called us to do.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
The knowledge of God and the finished works of Jesus yields in an increase of grace and peace. And so the more we meditate on the truth that Jesus has done everything He needed to do to make us righteous and to give us full and complete access to the blessings of the kingdom, the greater becomes our peace in Him.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 (KJV)
One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to bring the things of Jesus to our remembrance. We can be in the midst of turmoil or some kind of unexpected challenge, and the Holy Spirit will be there to gently draw our attention back to the truths of the Word of God. He will remind us of what is true about us in Christ and the victory that has already been won.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. Worldly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalm 98:4 (KJV)
Praise announces that the victory has already been won. When we praise God and rejoice in Him, mountains melt away and we open ourselves to seeing God’s glory manifesting in our lives. Let us have a heart of continual praise and rejoice in Him on the mountaintop and in the valley, for He is truly worthy of all praise!