Saturday, June 24, 2017

(One of my favorite passages)

When the servant of the man of God
rose early in the morning
and went out, behold,
an army with horses and chariots
was round about the city.
And the servant said,
"Alas, my master!
      What shall we do?"
Elisha said, "Fear not,
   for those who are with us
   are more than those
   who are with them."
Then Elisha prayed, and said,
"O LORD, I pray to You,
open his eyes
      that he may see."
So the LORD opened the eyes
   of the young man, and he saw,
and behold, the mountain was
full of horses and chariots of fire
round about Elisha.

                   2 Kings 6. 15-17

(Feeling that kind of
           overwhelmed?
"Then Elisha prayed..."
It is not that
    "God will show up,"
but He opens our eyes
to see He is already here.
The LORD is my strength.
Even in this.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

And then he said,
   "What then
     is to be done for her?"

             2 Kings 4. 14

(Who has God
     put on my path?
What need stands
     right before me?
I can't do everything,
but I can do something.
God's faithful people
are strategically placed
for profound purposes
        and His glory in it.
Never minimize 
  where God is using you.
No act of faithfulness 
    is ever insignificant.)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A cheerful heart
     is a good medicine,
but a downcast spirit
        dries up the bones.

               Proverbs 17. 22

(I may not be able
to change my circumstances,
but God can change 
             my heart in this
and I can choose
     a day-changing attitude.
It impacts me
      and everyone around me.
It is not making the best of it,
     but seeking Him in it,
and bringing the reality of Jesus
                  into it.
O LORD,
    give me a different heart
through this miry bog.)



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

...that you may bring salvation 
  to the uttermost parts
                 of the earth.

                     Acts 13. 47

(And that includes your zip code.
Bring the name of Jesus with you,
      the gospel in real time.
Even there,
  where God has 
         strategically placed you
and to whom God has put
       on your path
       and on your heart.
The uttermost parts of the earth
    may be right under your feet.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

And Jehoshaphat said
           to the king of Israel,
"Inquire first
   for the word of the LORD."

                 1 Kings 22. 5

(What does God have to do
                  with this?
     Everything.
I don't want to miss out 
     on His way in this,
even in those things
    I will never comprehend.
God is not just 
     part of the outcome
        or a variable in the solution,
but God is the reality
   of the equation before me.
Inquiring first of the LORD
   avoids a lot of panic later.)

Monday, June 19, 2017

...the people of Israel 
encamped before them
like two little flocks of goats,
but the Syrians
         filled the country.

                1 Kings 20. 27

(Ever feel overwhelmed like that?
God is never limited
        by the odds against Him.
Indeed,
impossible situations 
       are His specialty.
What am I trusting Him for
    that only He can do?
God will show the way
    where there only seems 
                     to be no way.
He always has deeper purposes
       woven in the fabric.)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

So Peter was kept in prison,
but earnest prayer fir him
    was made to God
by the church.

                   Acts 12. 5

(And that is when
     things begin to happen.
Prayer does not change things.
God changes things.
God answers in incredible,
impossible 
and unexpected ways.
Praying acknowledges that
and brings us deeper in Him.)