Monday, February 29, 2016

And He said to them,
 "How many loaves
   have you?"

                 Mark 8. 5

(We have no idea
the magnitude
of what God multiplies.
What we deem puny
may be most significant
of all. 
"It doesn't matter" is not
   in God's vocabulary.
God determines 
             the impact,
not my limited vision.)

Sunday, February 28, 2016 Your light
      do we see light.

                 Psalm 36. 9

(See this situation 
           in a new way.
When God casts His light
         upon it,
              every changes.
Even me.)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

But Jesus said...

           Mark 9. 39

(What does Jesus
    say about this?
Seek His way
          through it.)

Friday, February 26, 2016

And suddenly looking around
they no longer saw anyone
                but Jesus only.

                  Mark 9. 8

(Keep my eyes on You,
not on what is
    swirling around me,
not on what distracts
or instills fear,
    but Your Presence.)

Beware of the satisfaction
of sinking back and saying --
      "It can't be done;"
you know it can be done
           if you look to Jesus.

       -- Oswald Chambers
           My Utmost for His Highest

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Why are you cast down,
   O my soul,
and why are you
     in turmoil within me?
Hope in God;
for I shall again praise Him,
my salvation and my God.

                    Psalm 42. 5, 11

(Don't hang your hope
      on anything less.
Hope in the world
       is wishful thinking.
Hope in God
  is on Whom you
  can stake your life.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

And He said to them,
"How many loaves
       do you have?
Go and see."

             Mark 6. 38

(What can God do with THIS?
      Incredible things.
In our eyes, never enough.
In God's economy,
       more than enough.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

...before the LORD.

          Leviticus 14. 16

(Whatever we do today
       on the altar
and before Him.)

Monday, February 22, 2016

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

                 Psalm 39. 7

(And in nothing less.
I wait not for an answer
       nor a solution.
I wait for God,
      I seek God alone.
The rest is just details.)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The sower sows the Word.

                      Mark 4. 14

(In every situation,
in every conversation,
    planting a forest,)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

...and offer it
for a pleasing odor
               to the LORD.

      Leviticus 6. 21

(And what would that be, 
  a change in attitude 
  in this situation.)

Friday, February 19, 2016

...and He said to him,
            "Follow Me."
And he rose,
and followed Him.

              Mark 2. 14

(God says the same to us,
     "Follow Me into this."
Nothing will ever be the same.
New vision, 
new heart,
new affections.
"I never saw that before.")

Thursday, February 18, 2016 the LORD
     had commanded Moses...

       Exodus 39-40
 18 times in two chapters

(Obedience is transformed
            into clear direction.
I don't have to know
where God is taking me
or what He is up to
    to follow Him into it.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

And He said,
"My presence will go with you,
and I will give you rest."

                   Exodus 33. 14

(No matter what
      is swirling around you.
No. Matter.What.)

Monday, February 15, 2016

The LORD is my shepherd...

                    Psalm 23. 1

(Give me Your peace
     and Your direction
     even in this, O LORD)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Depart from evil,
       and do good;
seek peace, 
       and pursue it.

              Psalm 34. 14

(What do I need to do?
This is a good start.
Find God's way in this.)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Do not reprove a scoffer,
or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man,
and he will love you.
              Proverbs 9. 8

(What is my response in this?
The wise are always
identified by a teachable heart.
The wise know 
that they don't know everything.)

Friday, February 12, 2016 he came down
           from the mountain,
Moses did not know
that the skin of his face shone
because he had been 
         talking with God.

                   Exodus 34. 29

(Time with God
cannot help but change you
from the inside out,
your countenance,
the very course of your life.)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sing to Him a new song...

                     Psalm 33. 3

(How can I sing a new song
into this situation,
not the same old dirge,
but bringing glory
              to Him?
A new melody,
a new way of seeing ,
a new heart in this.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I will instruct you
and teach you
     the way you should go,
I will counsel you
   with My eye upon you.

                    Psalm 32. 8

(Trust Me into this,
every step,
every detail.
I've got My eye on you.)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

But I trust in You, O LORD,
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in Your hand.

                      Psalm 31. 14-15

(Trusting God
is not always understanding,
but always knowing
     that He is in control.
God is still working
   His mighty purposes.
Even in this.)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Yea, You are my rock
            and my fortress;
for Your name's sake
      lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net
  which is hidden for me,
for You are my refuge.

                 Psalm 31. 3-4

(There is no stronger place
     or safer place
             than in His name.
His refuge is 
   not that in which to hide
but a place of strength
        from which to go forth.)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I send an angel before you,
to guard you on the way
and to bring you to the place
which I have prepared.

                    Exodus 23. 20

(Being overwhelmed
is when I get too far
      in front of God,
bush whacking my way
instead of following Him
      into this situation.
God is not surprised
       by any of it.)

Friday, February 5, 2016

...the LORD sits enthroned
      as king for ever.

                 Psalm 29. 10

(No matter what.
Even in this,
the LORD is still in control.
Nothing takes Him by surprise.
He is God Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
not just another worldview.)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The LORD is my strength
              and my shield;
in Him my heart trusts;
         so I am helped,
and my heart exults,
and with my song
      I give thanks to Him.

                 Psalm 28. 7

(There has never been a moment
    that God has not cared deeply
    for you.
The LORD is your strength 
                  and your shield.
You are not alone.
      Live in that reality.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Teach me Your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path...

                         Psalm 27. 11

(Direct my heart and my eyes
   to Your way on my radar
                in this situation.
Help me to follow You
       into it
and to see it
               with Your heart.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

...because they put the LORD
to the proof by saying,
"Is the LORD among us or not?"

                        Exodus 17. 7

(No need to be distracted.
Trust Him into it.
Don't miss out on what
       God IS doing.
God is not limited
   by what I can see 
   with my myopic eyes.)

Monday, February 1, 2016

And the people of Israel
went into the midst of the sea
               on dry ground,
the waters being a wall to them
on their right hand
          and on their left.

                Exodus 14. 22

( When we trust God 
     into our own impossible sea,
we always walk on dry ground.
God's purposes prevail.
Despite circumstances,
    even in the midst of circumstances,
God continues to work
           in supernatural ways.
Even in this.)