Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More than that,
we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that
  suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not disappoint us,
because God's love
  has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit
which has been given us.

                     Romans 5. 3-5

(God's profound purposes,
              even in this.
Nothing is random,
nothing unused,
nothing left over,
all used for His glory,
His kingdom,
His grace in this world).

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

...appointed duties in their service.

                1 Chronicles 24. 3

(All work is worship,
nothing insignificant in His name,
for His kingdom,
for His glory.
Am I doing what
      God has appointed me today?
Even in what appears irrelevant,
ridiculous,
           a waste of time and energy.
Even in this,
He beckons me,
              "Follow Me deeper."
One act of responding to God
   leads me to another step
                     in following Him,
that which is unexpected,
profoundly eternal,
and I can't yet see from here).

Monday, July 16, 2018

Arise and be doing!
   The LORD be with you!

         1 Chronicles 22. 16

(What has the LORD
   placed before me today
on my path,
on my radar,
on my heart?
"I don't know what to do,
I don't know how to do this."
"Follow Me into this."
As Kevin DeYoung says,
       "Just do something."
Be strong and of good courage.
Fear not;
        be not dismayed).

Sunday, July 15, 2018

His praise is not from men
            but of God.

                   Romans 2. 29

(Am I seeking praise?
    That is called arrogance.
Am I seeking His glory,
                     even in this?
That is recognized
                    as faithfulness.
In the hard stuff
   and even in the applause.
For His kingdom,
for His glory,
in His name).

Saturday, July 14, 2018

And the LORD gave victory to David
      wherever he went.

                    1 Chronicles 18. 6, 13

(Because he sought God first.
God's victory does not mean
               the easy path,
but faithful to Him,
no matter the circumstances,
no matter what appears
                         the outcome,
no matter what.
God is sovereign,
                  even in this).

Friday, July 13, 2018

Seek the LORD
            and His strength,
seek His Presence
                   continually.

             1 Chronicles 16. 11

(Even in this.
God transforms chaos
                     into awe.
Don't miss the Almighty.
There is not just
       "a reason for this,"
but His deeper
   divinely appointed purposes.
God redeems the impossible
                  into the incredible).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

...and David said,
"God has broken through
my enemies by my hand
    like a bursting flood."
Therefore the name of that place
is called Baal-perazim.

              1 Chronicles 14. 11

(Which literally means
     "the LORD of breaking through."
And He still is,
   whatever the impossible situation.
God does not just show you a way through,
              He breaks into it.
My enemies
are whatever I fear,
             both real and imagined).