Monday, January 23, 2017

Let the words of my mouth
and the meditations 
            of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD,
my rock and my redeemer.
 
                      Psalm 19. 14

(That is the most significant
            of all things today,
because it impacts everything else,
all I do,
what I see,
on what I dwell
and touches everyone around me.
Even in the hard places,
even in pain,
even among strangers
                   and foes,
God is at work
   profoundly through you.)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

So it was not you
         who sent me here,
but God.

                 Genesis 45. 8

(But God
is what changes
even the most hopeless situation.
But God
     is the reality we live in.
There is always
something more,
something far profound
   in His divine placement.
Even here.
Even now.
God is never limited
       by dire circumstances,
even when we cannot yet see
the greater goodness
     He is multiplying in it.
But God
is not a variable in the equation.
        He is the reality.)


Saturday, January 21, 2017

And He didn't do
      many mighty works there,
because of their unbelief.

                    Matthew 13. 58

(...and what if
      I trusted Him in this?
A radically different journey,
a completely different outcome,
a different heart.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

There was famine in all lands,
but in all the land of Egypt
          there was bread.

                    Genesis 41. 34

(Because of
   one man's faithfulness to God.
My own obedience to God
     profoundly impacts others,
even today,
even in this,
even when it doesn't
         appear to make sense,
even in what I may never see
                  the outcome.
Faithfulness to God
        always matters.)
   


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt...

                           Genesis 39. 1

(Beyond his understanding,
but strategically 
      for God's deeper purposes.
Against his will,
      but clearly within God's will.
The LORD is able
to bear something incredible
through this.
What has God placed before me
today?
Be faithful to Him in it.)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I bless the LORD 
      who gives me counsel;
in the night also
      my heart instructs me.
I keep the LORD 
             always before me;
because He is at my right hand,
        I shall not be moved.

                    Psalm 16. 7-8

(Seek the LORD in this.
First response,
        not last resort.
You are not alone.
Set your mind.
Align your heart to His.
The LORD is guiding you,
no better place to be). 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
or of the storm of the wicked,
             when it comes,
for the LORD will be
             Your confidence
and will keep your foot
    from being caught.

                   Proverbs 3. 25-26

(On what do I count on,
    or in Whom do I dwell?
My strength is not dependent
                 on circumstances,
but in the LORD.
Knowing that "I am with you,"
I can be responsive to my situation,
      not paralyzed by fear.
Fear is too heavy to carry,
and worry blocks out the light.)