Psalm 142:3-5 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.
I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge,my portion in the land of the living.”
David was hiding in a cave when he wrote this psalm. Many of us live in caves. Maybe we live there for a week or a month or a lifetime. In the cave, we wonder if any really care. We block off hands that try to reach. All around us are others living in caves. They won’t put out their heads unless they know we care.
God cares. He cares for you. He is safe. He doesn’t lay traps. You don’t have to live in the cave. You can help others out of their cave.
Prayer: Father, the caves of life are dark and damp and fearful. You are full of light and warmth and care. Your care removes our fear. You allow us to see light in the darkest moments. You warm the coldness of despair. You open hope with care. Give us strength to do the same for others.
Today’s writers, students, and speakers on influence will tell you to work on your immediate circle of people. From that, your circle will begin to grow. Jesus’ circle moved with lightning speed. In short time people were coming from miles away in every direction. North, East, South, and West they came. From outside Israel they came. From inside Israel they came. They came by foot mostly. They crossed rivers. They came.
Babs really did not know what to think of this day. She started out at the coffee shop and met a pastor, who wanted to know what she thought about the recent changes in city government. Then she bumped into a woman from a sister congregation that asked her to tell her friends about an upcoming seminar. Later, some business associates asked her to join them for a round of golf. The same day, the waitress at the restaurant just opened up and began to tell her about her needs at home and her stress in her marriage. All of this seemed too much like a God day. How interesting that He could give acceptance and influence among so many types of people.
ACT! What boundary of thought will you cross today to meet Jesus? Do it!
PRAY! Father, people are willing to cross any boundary to get to Jesus. His influence moves quickly when we expose Him and His love and His power. Help me to show Jesus to my circle of friends today so that others will come. Help me to just stretch out to those around me so that others will cross boundaries to get to the Jesus I have to offer them.