The Answers as We Step Ahead

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Recently there have been many situations that have brought about the need for everyone to pull together. There was a bombing in Boston, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West Texas, and devastating tornadoes. The glue that holds us together is our faith in Jesus Christ.

That’s why I enjoy writing and sharing with you about my journey as we step ahead through the Bible. All of God’s people can study one book for the answers to our most difficult problems. The last few weeks, the journey has taken me through Psalm 124-127 and I’ve been writing posts at This Day with God. Most of the Psalms are hymns praising God. Each day with Him can be amazing because even if a problem comes up, He’s in control to give a solution.

The lesson for me in recent times has been to have faith that God will work in our life because His power is put to work during difficulty. He can beat down the obstacles in our path so they become stepping stones to a brighter future.

We can take courage in God’s protection. In Psalm 125, trusting in the Lord is compared to Mount Zion which is never shaken and endures forever. Mountains are a constant shield from bad weather or can protect from enemies during war. In a sense, God is like a mountain and we can take courage, for He will protect us in our time of need.

In Psalm 126, I read about attributes like hard work, humility, and praise as the exiles returned from Babylon to begin rebuilding the Temple. After they laid the foundation, they gave thanks to the Lord, rejoiced, and then celebrated their freedom. What brings us freedom today is Jesus Christ who fills the void of an otherwise empty life.

Psalm 127 emphasizes a Godly home and how it should be a basic necessity for any child. To build a Godly home requires first and foremost a relationship with God by setting aside a time every day to meet with Him at our space and pray.

To have a household that runs smoothly or to be productive in our work, it’s important to prepare and plan out our work. Our relationship with God is of highest priority because any work done that is not the will of God is unproductive.

The plan over the next few weeks is to continue to seek God’s help and direction daily with a mind-set of openness and honesty. Join me or check in often for thoughts and ideas as I share on a daily basis at: This Day with God.


About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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