Thursday, March 23, 2017

...You let men ride over our heads,
we went through fire
       and through water,
yet
   You have brought us forth
         to a spacious place.

                  Psalm 66. 12

(Sometimes God's deliverance
   is right through the impossible.
"Yet" is trusting Him in it,
     that which we cannot see from here.
"Yet" makes a path of dry ground
             in the midst of an angry sea
     and even with an army close behind.
"Yet" is a chronicle
          of God's faithfulness.
Things are not going to be ok;
        God is doing something extraordinary.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

And he left everything,
     and rose
and followed Him.

              Luke 5. 28

(What is Jesus 
     calling me into?
Not always to go,
but sometimes to stay
      right where I am.
Not always what to do,
but always
              who to be.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

And when He had ceased speaking,
he said to Simon,
"Put out into the deep
and let down you nets
               for a catch."
And Simon answered,
"Master, we toiled all night
          and took nothing!
But at Your word
I will let down the nets."
And when they had done this,
they enclosed 
           a great shoal of fish;
and as their nets were breaking,
they beckoned to their partners
in the other boat to come
                   and help them.
And they came
         and filled both boats,
so that they began to sink.

                         Luke 5. 4-7

(Our responding to God
     impacts everyone around us.
What impossible thing
         is God nudging you to do?
Even in what seems to
    make no sense at all.
Put out into the deep
    and let down your nets.
God always redeems 
         wholly following Him,
even in ways we may never see,
and sometimes in ways
               that break our nets.)

Monday, March 20, 2017

And Jesus answered him,
"It is written,
'You shall worship
     the Lord your God,
and Him only
                shall you worship."

                        Luke 4. 8

(Everyone worships something.
We are wired that way.
If you do not serve the LORD,
a lesser god will take
               His rightful place.
What or whom I worship
    changes the trajectory
              of my life
and impacts everyone 
                      around me.)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

...the son of Maath,
the son of Mattathias,
the son of Semein,
the son of Josech,
the son of Joda...

             Luke 3. 26

(All men and sons
I have never heard of,
but all who were
       faithful to God,
generation
           upon generation,
a lineage of faithfulness.
And too,
our personal relationship
                 with God
and choosing to be
       faithful to Him
profoundly impacts children
      to the furthest generation.
There are
    no small obediences,
no trivial decisions,
no insignificant faithfulness.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bear fruits
that befit repentance.

                   Luke 3. 8

(What does  a changed heart 
                 look like?
God changes a natural reaction,
    into a supernatural response.
It is not in me,
                 but You, O LORD.
You produce in me
a different way,
     a new kind of fruit,
faithfulness
even in an unchanging landscape
       and difficult soil.
Not just in what I do,
     but who I am
     and Whose I am.)

Friday, March 17, 2017

With God
      we shall do valiantly;
it is He
who will tread down
                     our foes.

                    Psalm 60. 12

(Trusting in Him,
God conquers those things you fear,
                 both real and imagined.
God is bringing you 
         through this hard place,
probably in unexpected ways.
There are no small victories
               in God's economy.
But don't go forth alone.
Cling to the first two words:
               With God.)