126 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
"The Lord has done great things for them."
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
For all of us there are times of great rejoicing and joy and times of great sorrow and weeping. Sometimes these can both happen in the very same day, even the same hour. Our circumstances can most certainly change in an instant. They can change as a direct result of our actions or totally and completely despite our actions. Our circumstances are like the weather in Missouri, 30 degrees and snowing one day and 75 degrees and tornadoes the next. If there's one thing we can't trust, it's our circumstances.
There is one thing, one person, we can trust. He is Jesus! He goes above and beyond our circumstances, but he also stays with us in our circumstances. He is the solid rock we can hold on to when the winds of change are whipping all around us. He is the steady in our unsteady life. He is the impenetrable fortress when our human walls are crumbling all around us.
And one day, ONE DAY, he will restore our circumstances to himself. One day, whether it is the day of our death, or the day of His judgment, it will be the end of all that uncertainty and all that trouble and the beginning of a sweet, steady, and certain rest. Then we will laugh out loud and our tongues, throats, and lungs will be filled with nothing but shouts of joy!
Until that day, we still have a steady God with us, by our side, and in us who holds us close and won't let us go. Trust in His steady and certain love today!
Prayer: Lord, remind me that I have you to hold on to when the storms around me are raging and everything is crumbling. Amen.
Organist- Wed and Sun- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- Kalene Masters
YESTERDAY'S BIBLE QUIZ: What was the penalty for almost all sexual sins in the Old Testament? death
4. The first 15 minutes of our gatherings would be devotion/Bible study time.
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