Posts Tagged ‘ Control ’

VerseD: Matthew 6:7-8

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Matthew 6:7‭-‬8, ESV

God is in control.

He knows our needs. He knows how to help us.

He also likes when we reach for Him, so ask for Him and His righteousness help in all circumstances.

VerseD: Psalm 103:19

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

Psalm 103:19, ESV

God never changes, because He is outside of time; He is eternal. He interacts with us in time, but we can trust that He is in control of everything and is consistently good.

VerseD: Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27:14, ESV

Our God is in control.

Be patient. Trust Him. He may not fix all of our problems in this life, but He is coming again for us with eternal life.

Be strong in the Lord.

VerseD: John 14:1

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”

John 14:1, ESV

God is in control. He sent His Son at just the right time in history to save us, and Jesus is coming back.

Believe and hope.

VerseD: Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord ’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein

Psalm 24:1, ESV

God is in control. As our Maker, He gets to decide what happens with everything, including us.

Turn to Him. Trust Him.

VerseD: Isaiah 25:1

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
Isaiah 25:1, ESV

We trust and worship God because of Hos great works and faithfulness in all things, that He is in control and knows what is and will be.

The End of 2020

As I will share briefly tomorrow, 2020 was certainly a year.

But it ends today. (Why are so many people shouting “Amen!”? ;p)

Yet, overall, it was pretty good in my little sphere.

I personally stepped back from most of social media. It seems most people could not handle civil discourse. I was blocked and unfriended by people for merely offering reasonable/simple thoughts. I had to block and unfriend a few people for crossing too many lines. (And all of those attend church, for what it’s worth. I did not have to block or unfriend any of my non-Christian friends.)

In terms of this blog, things went really well. Many new followers have come to the blog, for starters.

I could have said last year that it was the best year. In 2018 I began posting daily thoughts on a verse(s) of the day. 2018 saw the number of visits for the year hit about 2,000. I was stoked. Then, in 2019, the number of posts doubled, but the number of visits more than quintupled to more than 10,000!

If a few more people stop by today (December 31, 2020), a simple man of God will break 11,000 views with fewer overall posts! (But just a few fewer … like 20. Ha!) That is maintaining posting VerseD posts and sharing from several friends and a few other places.

So, thank you, dear readers, for helping this be a good year for the blog.

As I have said all along, regardless of the year that came or went, we should remember that God is in control. Nothing happens outside of His will or sight.

He does not condone everything that happens. He does not like everything that happens.

But God has it all under control. We are working toward the end of this world, so we should not be surprised by craziness, stupidity, sinfulness, or sadness. God warned us it would all come, for one reason or another, even if not specifically called out.

(But it does look a lot like 2020 brought us that much closer to His return than much of history has done! And, no, I am not setting any dates or saying that 2020 definitely set the stage for one End-Time scenario or another. Just that it became very clear His return is closer than ever this year. As His return is every year.)

Did anything good or even great happen to you this year? Has God blessed you in unexpected ways, or are you simply ready for this year to be gone?

In His Love,

Daniel