Thursday, January 18, 2018

Do not withhold good
    from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power
                  to do it.

                  Proverbs 3. 27

(It is always in my power 
    to be kind and gracious
       and self-less.
Who has God has strategically placed 
           on my path to love today?
Enlarge my heart, O LORD,
      to visible need.
Deepen my vision
         to act on what is invisible.)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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

("Trust Me in this."
Courage is knowing
                 God has this.)
Trust is
     taking the next step.)
     

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Come to Me,
all who labor and are heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you,
           and learn from Me,
for I am gentle 
     and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest
                 for your souls.
For My yoke is easy,
        and My burden is light.

                 Matthew 11. 28-30

(God never intended for you
      to navigate this life by yourself.
"Fear not, I am with you.
    Let Me carry that with you."
Two of the greatest deceits from the Fall
   are randomness "it doesn't matter,"
   and self-sufficiency "I don't need you, God."
"Come to Me" is not a religion,
more than just another worldview,
but the most intimate relationship
                           of love.)

Monday, January 15, 2018

But God came....

          Genesis 31. 24

(God intervenes.
Listen for Him.
Watch for Him.
It is not that
        God "shows up,"
but He makes us aware
  that He is already present.
Even now.
Even in this.)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

...now then,
whatever God has said to you,
                            do.

                            Genesis 31. 16

(Follow Me into this,
       Follow Me through.
Taking even one step
                       of faithfulness
releases you to take the next.)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Then Jacob arose from his sleep
and said,
"Surely the LORD is in this place,
      and I did not know it."

                           Genesis 28. 16

(Even when we do not understand
or things look bleak indeed,
God is right here with us,
using us in His extraordinary ways
     even on the most ordinary days,
maybe particularly
                in what only appears as ordinary.
God is working mightily
         in this appointment.
Some things we will only understand
             in the rear view mirror 
   or on the Other Side of life.)

Friday, January 12, 2018

...so he called its name 
           Rehobeth, saying,
"For now the LORD
     has made room for us,
and we shall be
       fruitful in the land."

               Genesis 26. 17

(In the most unexpected places
    and most unlikely people,
God brings fruitfulness.
Never discount 
    what incredible things
                  God is doing,
    nor where,
    nor among whom,
           including you.
That which is inexplicable 
       but for God.)