Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Then he brought me back
to the outer gate of the sanctuary,
which faces east;
and it was shut.

                  Ezekiel 44. 1

(Closed doors are never random
       but designed intricately by God,
                     always for good reason.
It is not a closed door at all,
    but a deeper one beckoning
for His infinite purposes
           and profound direction.
It may be about
    bringing His light and grace 
                     to a new place).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

...and pray for one another
         that you may be healed.

                         James 5. 16

(One of the many side effects
of prayer:
God's healing over relationships.
"Confession and forgiveness
are the concrete forms
in which we sinful people
             love each other."
                    -- Henri Nouwen
                         In the Name of Jesus)

Monday, November 20, 2017

...beyond the nave.

               Ezekiel 41. 4

(Am I willing
to go deeper
    and grow deeper
in my relationship with God,
or just satisfied 
with being in the big room?
Daily choices,
      little steps in faithfulness).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

...set your mind
upon all 
that I will show you,
for you were brought here
in order that
I might show it to you...

                  Ezekiel 40. 4

(What is the sense in this?
We are strategically placed
for His profound purposes,
perhaps even more so when we
don't see the point in it.
His glory sometimes comes with
       a side of deep mystery 
and incredible wonders
                yet to be revealed).

Saturday, November 18, 2017

...being no hearer that forgets
     but a doer that acts,
he shall be blessed
                in his doing.

                     James 1. 25

(What has God placed
before me today?
Put feet on your faith
    and grace in your hands).

Friday, November 17, 2017

If any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask God,
Who gives to all men
         and without reproaching,
and it will be given him.
                       James 1. 5

(Did it even occur to me
   to ask God
   for His wisdom in this?
Even now.
Even in this.
No excuses.
No exclusions.
There is nothing small,
      or too small,
in God's economy,
nothing random,
everything profoundly used).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

...but we seek the city
      which is to come.

                 Hebrews 13. 14

(Living in light of eternity
   looks very different.
Even today,
even in this
    impossible situation,
even here,
bring the name of Jesus there,
on so many levels).