What I remember about childhood and cold weather is that nothing stopped us from playing outside. In the cold, in the snow, we played. We knew how to frolic when it was freezing! Same for hot weather. We played out in it and ran in occasionally for a drink of water. The weather never seemed to affect us or keep us from enjoying our lives.
Oh beloved, praying for you this morning. That you would keep your child’s heart and not let things keep you from enjoying your life. There is much that could keep all of us focused on what’s going wrong. Anything from a bad decision to a bad diagnosis could do it. But we aren’t people who live by the world’s weather, the world’s system or its prognosis. You beloved, belong to the Lord, and your life is hidden in Christ – that means the most secure place you’ve ever been is in your relationship with Christ. Oswald Chambers said it this way – “We talk as if living a sanctified life were the most uncertain and insecure thing we could do. Yet it is the most secure thing possible, because it has Almighty God in and behind it.”
God wants you to know that when He saved you He gave you everything you need for life now and godliness always. You aren’t under the thumb of the enemy – you are in the palm of the Lord. You aren’t dying of whatever the prognosis says – you are living for the Lord. Every single day – whether good weather or bad, heat or cold, darkness or light – you are securely moving forward for Him.
God also wants you to know that you are His child and He does not leave you alone to live in the weather without His oversight. He strengthens you, warms your heart and gives you fortitude to outlast the worst of storms that come your way. You’re a visitor here now, but you are eternally a citizen of heaven. He calls you by name because you are His. He promises that when you pass through deep water you won’t drown, when you go through the fire you won’t even be scorched. He has redeemed you from the curse and set you in heavenly places with Him. He doesn’t ever discourage, disappoint, condemn, threaten or walk away from His own. So when you face these things you will be more than courageous – you will be triumphant in them!
God loves you with an everlasting love and He is for you because His seal is on you. Trust Him this morning. Refuse to believe the weather report and live with pure joy! Run to Him this morning and thank Him for waking you up today. And ask Him to help you live with childlike faith and passion as you walk in the Light and stand in His victory today!
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.
Colossians 3:2-3 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, which are based on human tradition and the spiritual forces of the world rather than on Christ.
Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
Matthew 18:3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.