Filipino Expat Encouragement RL066

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January 3, 2023

Genesis 1:5
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.
So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Day and night, night and day—a perpetual cycle instituted on the very first day of creation. Don’t you love that God works in cycles? It shows in the changing of seasons, the ebb and flow of tides, and the waxing and waning of the moon. Isn’t it comforting to know that bleak winter melts into glorious spring, that the valley floor ascends to the mountaintop, and that darkness is chased away by the light?

Even the very darkest day of all, the Friday of Jesus’ death, was resolved in a sublime early morning a few days later. Through pain, persecution, and crucifixion, Jesus knew the outcome all along. That hope, that promise from His Father God, saw Him through His dark night and tinged His proclamation on the cross, “It is finished!” with a resounding note of triumph.
That hope is now your hope. His crown of thorns was traded for a crown of glory . . . so yours will be. His wounded, beaten, and crushed body was restored . . . so yours will be.

His sorrow marked a dark period, but oh, did joy ever come with the morning! And so it will be for you as you cling to that amazing promise that dark is always followed by light for God’s children, a hint He wrote across the sky on that very first day. Welcome and bask in the divine light He provides you on this brand new morning.

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Quiet Reflections of Hope (Revell, 2009)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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