“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you…. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.” Psalm 63:1, 6-8 NLT
“Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:11 NLT
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
- You know when I sit down or stand up.
- You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
- You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.
- You know everything I do.
- You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
- You go before me and follow me.
- You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! Psalm 139:1-6 NLT
Day 11 of 40: What a friend we have in Jesus! He is one-of-a-kind… like no other friend we will ever have.
Imagine, a person who knows everything there is to know about us – absolutely nothing hidden from Him – and still He “places a hand of blessing on our heads.” That’s way beyond my understanding.
Sometimes I think of God as one who loves me but wants to straighten me out… sort of like ironing out a wrinkled shirt. But my relationship with God has gone beyond that.
“All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends….” 2 Corinthians 5:18 GNT
From God’s perspective, I’m perma-pressed… no stains, no wrinkles. He loves me and wants me to consciously live in His presence… all the time.
No time outs… no breaks… no out-of-sight… no out-of-earshot… no out-of-mind… all the time. Not as someone who oppressively looks over my shoulder to fix me. But as one whose hand on my head is a “hand of blessing.”
Wow – I am a friend of God… He knows my name.
“Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
John 15.15b NLT
Then [Jesus] added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:13 NLT
Extreme poverty and social prejudice make it difficult for Christian workers to reach out to Buddhists.
Please pray for God to open the door for His church to start ministries that will draw people closer to His Kingdom. Pray for His wisdom to guide the workers into innovative ways to share the gospel to Buddhists.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10)