Monday, July 24, 2017

...for this thing
          is from Me.

            2 Chronicles 11. 4

(That changes everything.
There is nothing random at all,
         but deep in His purposes.
The unlikely,
the unexpected,
even the most bizarre turns
                 in the road,
even in this,
     The LORD lives.
You can stake your life 
              on that reality.
Being faithful,
      in what I understand,
even more in what I can't.
The more I know,
the more I realize
    I need to trust Him in it).

Sunday, July 23, 2017

If you will be kind to this people
              and please them,
and speak good words to them,
they will be your servants for ever.

                    2 Chronicles 10. 7

(Kindness always leads to
     an entirely different outcome.
If we only knew how radically
         good words endure
                  for generations,
we would consider nothing else.
There is always another way through,
    and that would be grace).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

O LORD, God of Israel,
there is no God like You,
in heaven or on earth,
keeping covenant
and showing steadfast love
to Your servants
who walk before You
      with all their heart...

             2 Chronicles 6. 14

(When I walk before the LORD,
    nothing can remain the same.
Even if circumstances don't alter,
         God redeems everything 
and changes me instead).

Friday, July 21, 2017

...that My name might be there...

                    2 Chronicles 6. 5

(What am I doing here?
What is all this about?
That His name would dwell there,
          even here,
          even in this impossible place.
His profound purposes
   are deeper than I can know).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

...we too might walk
        in newness of life.

                Romans 6. 4

(What does that look like today?
Not the same ol' thing,
the same patterns of thought
the same path,
but how can I walk differently 
                in this?
My circumstances may not change,
     but God changes me in them.
A new heart,
a new mindset,
a new story
        for His glory.
God unfolds His extraordinary 
   in what only appears 
                   as ordinary).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Be strong and
  of good courage,
and do it.
Fear not,
be not dismayed,
for the LORD God,
  even my God is with you.
He will not fail you 
       or forsake you,
until all the work
for the service 
of the house of the LORD 
            is finished.

         1 Chronicles 28. 20

(What has God placed
before me today?)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

...the presence of God
      in whom he believed,
who gives life to the dead
and calls into existence 
the things that do not exist.

                    Romans 4. 17

(God is not just in control
        of this situation.
The reality is that
               He is sovereign 
 even in what does not yet exist.
What is impossible to us
     is completely visible to God.
There is so much more to this
         than we can see,
         than we can know).