“Throughout people’s lives, God calls them to Him. He uses good and bad situations and people’s weaknesses and strengths to bring them by life’s end to the realization that He should be the most important person to them. God is not an egotist, but His importance in people’s lives determines whether or not they become who He wants them to be.”
—S. Kughn, Heart Tree for Empty Nesters, pp. 26-27.
Here’s what somebody wrote about getting out to vote.
Don’t just wake up on Tuesday and decide whether to go vote. Make PLANS to vote. Some folks’ lives depend on it.
Make it a priority. As much as is possible, plan the other aspects of your life AROUND the fact that you’re gonna go vote. Make it a given.
Put “serve the Lord” in the place of “vote” and you have a fine description of what it means to seek first the kingdom of God.
Paul prophesied that the church would see people resisting the truth and he showed that such was nothing new, for even in the days of Moses people resisted the truth:
“Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was” (2 Timothy 3.8–9).
Source: Do not resist the truth – Email Devotionals
People here often talk about religious authorities who are obviously have wrong motives, such as material gain. I tell them it’s nothing new. Don takes it further, all the back to Moses’ day.
Don’t know who John Bell is, but this quote of his is a good statement of divine purpose:
You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time.
Except perhaps for the last part, about what we must do. That has been fully revealed in Scripture.
“There are at least five facts that all must face. We must live (Rom. 14:7); we must die (Heb. 9:27); we must be raised from the dead (John 5:28-29); we must face God in judgment (I Cor. 5:10), and we must live eternally somewhere (Matt. 25:46).” —Paul Wilmoth
“Most assuredly, Jesus does not give help to the angels (2:16). Whatever you want to say about the eternal destiny of angels and their free will and all of that, Jesus did not die for angels. Jesus did not take on the nature of angels. He did take on the nature of humanity.” —Daily Droplets
One of the most amazing thoughts of all time, that Jesus died for men, and not for angels.
“I can’t overemphasize the value of a pure life. A curiosity about evil weakens our spiritual life.” —Charles R. Swindoll
J. Ridley Stroop explained the name of his book, God’s Plan and Me. It’s a good explanation.
“God’s Plan” simply means that the plan or the teaching is God’s; that the lessons originated with him; that they partake of his nature and are divine. Certainly this is the kind of teaching that we all want. This is the very quality that makes the teaching peculiar or different. It is different from all human teachings because it comes from a different source; it is of divine origin. Paul reminds us of the fact that man had no part in providing this teaching when he asks the questions, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Rom. 11:34). Since God thus provided the plan without the aid of man and has never delegated to man the privilege of injecting his own ideas into it, we should be exceedingly careful to remember that it is God’s plan and that we should treat it as such.
“Contrary to what a lot of people believe (or hope), comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirits so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again. And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its dark head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is.” —Peggy Haymes