Saturday, December 3, 2016

...but only for a time.

              Daniel 11. 24

(What often defeats us
is thinking this is the end,
we are stuck forever,
and nothing will
    ever be the same.
But God is bigger still.
In His eyes
       "not ever the same"
is a very good thing indeed.
That is what redeeming 
           is all about.
We just can't see it yet.)

Friday, December 2, 2016

O my God,
incline Your ear and hear,
open Your eyes
and behold our desolations,
and the city
   which is called by Your name,
for we do not present
our supplications before You
on the ground of our righteousness,
but on the ground
             of Your great mercy.

                       Daniel 9. 18

(Come before the LORD
     in your desolation.
He will run
   to meet you in your need.
My help comes.
My help comes from the LORD.)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

...but He touched me
and set me on my feet.

                    Daniel. 8. 18

(God meets us
not just in our time of need,
      but in our need.
God does not intend for us
to dwell in the miry bog
      but to abide in Him.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I rejoice at Your Word
like one who finds great spoil.

                      Psalm 119. 162

(My daily bread,
my daily strength.
Take as much as one can
and come back for more.
God changes
the course of our lives).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

...and the king cried out
in a tone of anguish
    and said to Daniel,
"O Daniel,
servant of the living God,
has your God
   whom you serve continually,
been able
to deliver you from the lions?"

                 Daniel 6. 19

(What is my impossible situation?
The living God
    has not left me there alone.
It is not that there
         is nothing to be afraid of,
but there is everything
to trust God about.)

Monday, November 28, 2016

I have heard of you
that the Spirit of the holy God
              is in you,
and that light
and understanding
and excellent wisdom
         are found in you.

                   Daniel 5. 14

(In what I face today,
abiding in Him
           changes everything.
Everyone struggles with something.
Don't leave home
            without Him.)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

For this very reason
make every effort to supplement
your faith with virtue,
and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self control,
and self control with steadfastness,
and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with
                   brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.
                           2 Peter 1. 5-7

(Because someday
it will keep you
       from going under.)