Thursday, May 25, 2017

I will not leave you desolate;
I will come to you.

                  John 14. 18

(No matter how hard it is,
God will reveal Himself
     to you in this.
You are not alone.
This difficult situation,
     your very life,
is profoundly different 
    because of Jesus.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

...and he said,
"The LORD has broken through 
       my enemies before me,
like a bursting flood."
Therefore the name of the place
is called Baal-perazim.

              2 Samuel 5. 20

(Which quite literally means
"the Lord of breaking through."
God breaks through my fears,
my worries,
through the most impossible
     situations.
The LORD provides a way
where there seems 
             to be no way.
Follow Him into it.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jeaus answered him,
"What I am doing
you do not know now,
but afterward
      you will understand."

                 John 13. 7

(Even though 
I do not comprehend
what God is up to
--this impossible situation,
      this long waiting,
      this awkward timing--
does not mean
that it does not bear
God's profound 
     and divine purposes.
I just cannot see it yet.)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat
falls into the earth and dies,
it remains alone;
but if it dies,
    it bears much fruit.

                 John 12. 24

(When we are self-less
   --however that may look
         in this situation--
God alters 
    the entire landscape.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

But David strengthened himself
     in the LORD his God.
  
                 1 Samuel 30. 6

(May what the adversary meant 
to bring me down,
draw me even deeper to God,
to trigger faithfulness,
                  not despair.
Not dwelling 
       on the circumstances,
but seeking the LORD,
"What is Your way in this?"
God specializes 
      in impossible situations.)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

But when Jesus heard it,
He said,
"This illness is not unto death;
it is for the glory of God,
so that
the Son of God may be glorified
         by means of it."
   
                       John 11. 4

(There is something 
   much deeper going on here
than what is obvious.
This difficulty you have
is a deeper passage
into His goodness 
and that His hand
     may be revealed,
"so that you may believe."
God knew this.
Now watch 
       what God will do with it, 
what only He can do,
how only He can redeem,
beyond what you can know.)

Friday, May 19, 2017

So the Jews gathered round Him
and said to Him,
"How long will you
keep us in suspense?
If your are the Christ,
        tell us plainly."
Jesus answered them,
"... I and the Father are one."
...The Jews answered Him,
"It is not for a good work
that we stone you
       but for blasphemy;
because you,
   being a man,
            make yourself God."

                   John 10. 24, 30, 33

(Jesus is who He said He is.
The Greek word Christ
    means Messiah.
Jesus did not just make a claim,
but revealed who He is,
the anointed One to save the world.
He came to die for you.
He rose again
     to confirm who He is.)