Archive for November, 2014

Help! I Need Peace!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Psalm 29:11: “The LORD blesses his people with peace.”

“The pianist has to work Saturday and can’t play for the conference.” That was not an email I wanted to see. The conference is in five days. I prayed, “Lord, please intervene. Keep us calm, and send us a pianist.”

The next email didn’t help. “The soundman said he will try to be there.” Try? I prayed again, “Lord, please work this out and bless us with peace.” God answered that prayer request immediately. The soundman will be there.

“Another pianist is looking at the music to see if she can be ready to play on Saturday.” I prayed again, “Lord, get her ready fast or get someone else for the conference as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, I’m trying to practice my presentations. “God, multiply my time and bless me with peace.”

The latest email arrived. The pianist is ready, and the praise & worship team will practice with the pianist on Thursday evening. Hallelujah.

Do you think to ask God for peace when your circumstances look dismal? What situation tests your faith to believe God will answer your prayer?

Dear God, I believe you bless me with your peace. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to show you believe “The LORD blesses his people with peace”?

Feel as if you are wandering in the wilderness?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea… And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night (Exodus 13:18, 21, NKJV).

We often speak of the Israelites as having “wandered” in the desert for 40 years after being delivered from slavery in Egypt, but is that an accurate term to use for their experience?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “wander” like this: “to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction.” When you consider that the Jewish nation did not escape Egypt in some willy-nilly, unplanned fashion but rather “in orderly ranks” (see v. 18), is it even reasonable to imagine that God, who delivered them from slavery, would then abandon them to wander aimlessly, “without having a particular purpose or direction”? True, the people themselves may not have realized where they were going or why, but God knew exactly their purpose and direction, and He saw to it that His plans and purposes for them were fulfilled.

That same God, who delivered Israel from bondage and led them through the wilderness for forty years in order to accomplish His purposes for their lives and their nation, is the same God who delivers us from the bondage of sin. It is therefore completely reasonable to believe that He will also faithfully lead us through what may seem like wilderness in order to fulfill His purposes for us.

We all experience times when we feel we are wandering aimlessly, with no purpose or direction, and we are tempted to wonder if God has indeed forgotten us. Be assured, beloved, that He has not. As surely as He led Israel, He will also lead us until we are at last home with Him, where we belong.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV).

…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
(Philippians 1:6, NKJV).

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“There is nothing too hard for You!”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

“There is nothing too hard for You!” Jeremiah 32:17

There is nothing too hard for God to EFFECT.
“I know that You can do everything.”
“Is anything too hard for Me, says the Lord?”
“He does according to His will among the armies of Heaven, and the inhabitants of the earth.”

“He works all things after the counsel of His own will.”

Nothing is too hard for God–no change in providence, however it may appear improbable, or impossible to us. He could bring water out of the flinty rock. He could supply quail to satisfy the wants, and gratify the lusts of His people in the desert. He could feed Elijah for twelve months by ravens, and for two years and a half more by a handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in the widow’s cruse. He could inundate Samaria with plenty–in the midst of famine and fearful desolation. If He wills it . . .
the fire shall not burn the three Hebrew youth,
nor the lions injure Daniel,
nor death hold Lazarus in the tomb.

What He has done–He can do; for He is immutable. And if necessary for the glory of His name–He will do it, for He will not allow His name to be polluted.

“Providence” is simply God at work–at work for . . .
the accomplishment of His decrees,
the fulfillment of His promises,
the manifestation of His character, and
the present and eternal welfare of His people.
He can . . .
give whatever we need,
do whatever we need, and
glorify Himself in giving to us, and working for us!

(James Smith, “Nothing Too Hard for God!” 1864)

What are you doing?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Do nothing that you would not like God to see.

Say nothing that you would not like God to hear.

Write nothing that you would not like God to read.

Go no place, where you would not like God to find you.

Read no book, of which you would not like God to say, “Show it to Me!”

Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, “What are you doing?”

~ J. C. Ryle