He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 NKJV
Faith is a wondrous gift given to people who choose it. The Father of Lights freely gives faith without finding fault or respecting one person more than another. There is no work required to receive God’s gift of faith. There are choices to be made.
Jesus promised we would have tribulation in this world. It is just as true and reliable as His promise never to leave us nor forsake us. Jesus also said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We will all suffer broken hearts. We will all experience anguish in our souls. We will all have seasons of weeping and sorrow. Darkness may hang over us like a dreadful day without sunshine. Weeping may endure for a night. We can receive joy in the morning.
We receive joy the same way we receive salvation, by faith!
The Lord restores my soul. He does it daily. He restores my soul by reminding me that He is with me. God’s love surrounds me. He is my beloved Father. I am His beloved son! Jesus does not necessarily give me the faith I need for tomorrow.
Righteousness is also a gift Jesus gives to people who choose to it. You cannot earn it, steal it, or buy it. It can only be given to us by the One who is righteous!
Only Jesus can lead us in paths of righteousness. Jesus leads us in paths of righteousness for His own glory. Jesus leads us in paths of righteousness because His heart is filled with love for us.
David knew righteousness is not a license to sin. David knew his sins did not separate him from God’s leadership into paths of righteousness. Do you?
Many of us carry the burden of pain and sorrow. I do. My heart is broken. My soul is grieved. Jesus restores my soul as often as it needs restoring.
God’s grace is stronger than my grief. His mercy is greater than my mistakes and failures. God’s love conquers my fear. I hang on to Jesus’ promises as if my life depends on them because it does!
You may be carrying the burden of pain and sorrow. Your heart may be broken. Your soul may be grieved. Ask Jesus to restore your soul. Ask Jesus to lead you into paths of righteousness.
Jesus will answer with grace that is stronger than your grief and mercy that is greater than your mistakes and failures. Jesus will answer with love that conquers your fears!
Hang on to the Lord’s promises as if your spiritual life depends on them, because it does!
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