Ted Meadows, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, furnished two verses for this issue. Ted says one of his favorite bible stories is that of Joseph. Throughout his life, Joseph was betrayed by those closest to him – starting with his own family. Yet, God used those circumstances to put him in a position of power. When the right time came, Joseph was able to graciously and thankfully say to his betrayers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children (Genesis 50: 20-21).” The story of Joseph is a powerful story of perseverance and a reminder that there is no situation that God will not redeem. Ted says he suspects it was in the back of Paul’s mind when he wrote, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28).”
Beau Darley, another lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, also furnished two verses. Beau says whenever he gets stressed and has lots going on, he takes comfort in reminding himself that God is in control. Beau says God has a plan for each and every one of us and that it’s important for him not to think of himself of pray for what he wants to happen, and that he is reminded instead to pray that God will help him make decisions that will lead him down the path God has in place for him.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Liz Eiland, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, says Psalm 37 is her favorite. She says the psalmist writes an acrostic, attempting to shift his focus from the evil actions of “others,” back to his own responsibilities as a follower of God. Liz says the first reminder for the psalmist has also served as an important reminder for her. Liz says she depends on Psalm 37:3.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Billy Irvin, who serves as Director of Ministries at Faith Radio in Montgomery, sent in Psalm 142 and a verse from the New Testament for this issue. Billy says so often we get our wants and our needs confused, resulting in our looking in the wrong place for our provision. He says when we stop and pray, and do Psalm 142… (“I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplication with my voice to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path.”), then God will do Philippians 4:19. Billy says this same God who takes care of us will supply all of our needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Willa Carpenter, our Human Resources Liaison, furnished these timely verses for this issue. Willa is a perfect example of a person who “walks the walk” in her Christian faith.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
We live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 1:17
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Jesus Christ.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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