Reaching Forward

Faces Turned to God Grow Brighter (November 20)

Faces Turned to God Grow Brighter (November 20)

If you not only desire to see your Father but actually expect to do so, it will show in your face. “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” There are simply no brighter faces in the world than the faces of those who are turned toward God.

Where God’s Glory Dwells (November 19)

Where God’s Glory Dwells (November 19)

If we truly love God, there won’t be a single day when we aren’t fired by the expectation of looking upon His face in heaven. That’s what the gospel is all about. Death is not the end — it is the beginning of what Christ died to make possible for us.

Hunger Is the Best Sauce (November 18)

Hunger Is the Best Sauce (November 18)

Abundance presents a challenge for us. When we have not only what we need but more than we need, it is not easier to enjoy life, as most people think, but much harder. The poor man has the advantage of being hungry enough to enjoy every little thing.

When You’ve Gotten It, Can You Enjoy It? (November 17)

When You’ve Gotten It, Can You Enjoy It? (November 17)

Foolishly, we assume that getting the wealth we desire will provide the freedom to enjoy life and open the door to happiness. But that won’t be the result if God doesn’t grant the enjoyment of the things He permits us to acquire.

When Strength Is a Disadvantage (November 16)

When Strength Is a Disadvantage (November 16)

Whenever there is something we can do and we know that we can do it, we are tempted to believe our strength is our own: this is our ability, we have learned how to do this thing, and so forth. We begin to feel independent and self-sufficient.

The Way Is Not Easy (November 15)

The Way Is Not Easy (November 15)

We shouldn’t expect life as a Christian — at least in this world, marred as it is by the intrusion of sin — to be anything other than difficult. There will be some pleasant days now and then, but we should guard against unrealistic expectations.

Future Plans (November 14)

Future Plans (November 14)

We should make plans, but we should keep in mind that they may not materialize. The world would be a poorer place if all our plans did materialize, for God’s plans are much better than ours and we can be glad that His take precedence.

Humility About Tomorrow (November 13)

Humility About Tomorrow (November 13)

With any earthly goal, we must be somewhat tentative. We may want to do certain things tomorrow, and even plan to do them. But we must not “boast” about them. In other words, we must not be too sure they will come to pass, since the Lord may have other plans.

Disappointed? (November 12)

Disappointed? (November 12)

God will inevitably appear to disappoint the man who is attempting to use Him as a convenience, a prop, or a comfort for his own plans, but He has never been known to disappoint the man who is sincerely wanting to cooperate with His own purposes.

Order Out of Chaos (November 11)

Order Out of Chaos (November 11)

There is nothing wrong with dreaming, nor is there anything wrong with planning and preparing. But we should not hold on to our expectations with too tight a grip — God may have other plans, plans which seem messy and inconvenient compared to ours.

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