Evening, April 14
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Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
        but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
While there is something to be said for having big dreams, this proverb points out the folly of chasing fantasies. How much better to align your goals with God's, being the kind of person he wants you to be! Such goals (wisdom, honesty, patience, love) may not seem exciting, but they will determine your eternal future.
Take time to think about your dreams and goals, and make sure they cover the really important areas of life.
Isaiah 3:10  Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him.

It is well with the righteous always. If it had said, "Say ye to the righteous, that it is well with him in his prosperity," we must have been thankful for so great a boon, for prosperity is an hour of peril, and it is a gift from heaven to be secured from its snares: or if it had been written, "It is well with him when under persecution," we must have been thankful for so sustaining an assurance, for persecution is hard to bear; but when no time is mentioned, all time is included. God's "shalls" must be understood always in their largest sense. From the beginning of the year to the end of the year, from the first gathering of evening shadows until the day-star shines, in all conditions and under all circumstances, it shall be well with the righteous. It is so well with him that we could not imagine it to be better, for he is well fed, he feeds upon the flesh and blood of Jesus; he is well clothed, he wears the imputed righteousness of Christ; he is well housed, he dwells in God; he is well married, his soul is knit in bonds of marriage union to Christ; he is well provided for, for the Lord is his Shepherd; he is well endowed, for heaven is his inheritance. It is well with the righteous--well upon divine authority; the mouth of God speaks the comforting assurance. O beloved, if God declares that all is well, ten thousand devils may declare it to be ill, but we laugh them all to scorn. Blessed be God for a faith which enables us to believe God when the creatures contradict him. It is, says the Word, at all times well with thee, thou righteous one; then, beloved, if thou canst not see it, let God's word stand thee in stead of sight; yea, believe it on divine authority more confidently than if thine eyes and thy feelings told it to thee. Whom God blesses is blest indeed, and what his lip declares is truth most sure and steadfast.

Psalm 51:12  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.

Isaiah 57:18  "I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners,

Isaiah 1:18  "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.

Jeremiah 3:22  "Return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness." "Behold, we come to You; For You are the LORD our God.

Psalm 85:8  I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.

Psalm 103:2,3  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; • Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;

Psalm 23:3  He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.

Isaiah 12:1  Then you will say on that day, "I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me.

Psalm 119:117  Uphold me that I may be safe, That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.

Isaiah 43:25  "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.

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