Wednesday, February 22, 2017

And now, Lord,
   for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.

              Psalm 39. 7

(Not for an answer,
not for the solution,
   nor a way of escape,
nor a set of directions,
    but seeking the LORD.
Hope in the Bible
is not wishful thinking,
but that on Whom
       I can stake my life.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LORD, 
all my longing
         is known to You,
my sighing
    is not hidden from You.
My heart throbs,
my strength fails me,
and the light of my eyes
  --it has also gone from me.
...But for You, O LORD,
           do I wait;
it is You,
O LORD my God,
     who will answer.

                Psalm 38. 9-10, 15

(Pray expectantly.
Pray against the odds.
Seek not the answer
   but the LORD who answers.)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Then Moses said, 
          to Aaron,
"Draw near
        to the altar..."

       Leviticus 9. 7

(What do I do
with this difficulty,
this fear,
this opportunity,
this unexpected 
             blessing,
this bad attitude,
this difficult person
(including myself)?
Bring it first
before the LORD,
listen and watch
for what only He
           can do.)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

And other seeds
fell into good soil
and brought forth
                    grain,
growing up
and increasing
and yielding
   thirty fold 
and sixty fold 
and a 
      hundredfold.

             Mark 4. 8

(What God does
    in a willing heart.
God brings the growth.
God does not add.
          He multiplies.)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Be still 
  before the LORD,
and wait 
  patiently for Him.

               Psalm 37. 7

(Don't get
ahead of God
           in this.
There may be
--there probably is--
something profound
you cannot yet see.)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Your steadfast love,
O LORD,  extends 
       to the heavens,
Your faithfulness 
          to the clouds.

               Psalm 36. 5

(How much 
     are you loved?
God has a picture
      to show you.
Go outside
      and look up.
Even more
   than you can see,
beyond what
    you can imagine.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

...a pleasing odor
        to the LORD.

       Leviticus 2. 2

(What are my
    intentions today?
Do I even consider
 pleasing God in this?
No pleasant aroma
lingers if my attitude
                stinks.)