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Kindness: Growing Goodwill

Ruth 2

SCRIPTURE

Ruth 2:13, “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

Ruth shows a kindness to Naomi. She stays leaves her homeland and comes to live with her in Judah. Boaz shows a kindness to Ruth. He instructs his people to treat her well, allows her to take grain from his fields that will feed her in a time of famine. He gives her water, protection and rest. When asked why Boaz would do this he responds, “Because you showed kindness to Naomi.”

There’s something about kindness and goodwill that builds momentum. It builds over time. It spills out into the lives of others. It’s an investment that returns more than you put into it. It creates in others a willingness to do good for you. Said another way, kindness builds into people a goodwill for you. For Ruth, it was the beginning of a love story.

APPLICATION

What kindness have you received? What have you given? Whose life could you influence today with a little kindness? For Ruth, Boaz’s kindness prompted a simply reaction, “I hope I continue to please you, sir.” Because of the kindness of someone else who will you attempt to please today? Who will attempt to please you? It’s such a basic principle we almost laugh it off as something for a kindergartener to learn, but it works regardless of your age. Kindness changes people. Look for ways to be kind to others today.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your kindness to me. Your word says that your kindness led me to repentance. Like Ruth, I pray I will continue to please you. Help me to show kindness to others today. I don’t always know how to be kind. I don’t always want to be kind. Help me see the need and give me the desire to show your kindness to people today.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Bitter: Amplify the Sweetness

SweeTarts - Bitter SweetRuth 1

SCRIPTURE

Ruth 1:16-18, “…wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

Bitter. Why do love stories always seem to start with something so bitter? The Book of Ruth is a love story. It’s a story about family. It’s the story of a Mother-in-Law who suffered great loss and a Daughter-in-Law blessed by and a blessing to her entire family.

SPOILER ALERT. It’s great to know the end of the story. Ruth returns to Judah with Naomi. Ruth meets and marries a son of Israel. The coolest part of all? Through the bloodline of Ruth is born David, King of Israel. Through his bloodline would come Jesus, redeemer and Savior of all. That sounds big. It sounds significant. It sounds important. It sounds blessed.

But that’s not how Naomi felt. She was Ruth’s Mother-in-Law. She is part of this bloodline and a significant part of the story too. But in chapter one she doesn’t feel blessed. She feels bitter. Rightfully so, I think.

She met and married the love of her life. Moved from her homeland. Gave birth to two sons. What  happens next is tragic. Her husband dies. Both sons die. She’s left living in a land of foreigners where the economy has crashed, food is hard to come by and she’s the one responsible for her household, two morning Daughters-in-Law.

Mara, bitter, numb – it’s all Naomi has left to feel. Desperate, she returns to her homeland. Her Daughters-in-law follow. Naomi knows what it’s like to live far from home. She graciously releases her Daughters-in-law to return to their family. One goes. Ruth stays. My wife and I borrowed her words for our wedding vows.

“Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

Through the tragic and bitter beginning to the story of Naomi and Ruth is a glimmer of hope, a brief glimpse of love that cuts through bitterness and out lives tragedy. Naomi had won the heart of Ruth.

There was much to morn. Bitterness seems like the appropriate response. But just beneath the surface of bitterness was the sweet center of genuine love that will eventually write the story of salvation for you and me.

APPLICATION

Have you ever had a Sweetart? People deliberately put these bitter pills in their mouth for the sweetness that will later come if only they hold on. This is the pain of bitterness Naomi experienced. Certainly she suffered tragedy. Bitterness was an appropriate response. But she held on. Ruth encouraged her. Her family helped her. And in the end she became great-grandmother to kings. The bitterness of this moment amplified the sweetness of the next.

Life will have bitter moments. The relationships you build before the bitterness can sustain you. Don’t take them for granted. The end of the thing is better than its beginning. Hold on. God is working out the divine story of his relentless affection for you.

Are you living through a bitter season now? Hold on. There’s sweetness ahead.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Help. In moments of tragedy, when things don’t go my way, when the odds are stacked against me, when everything falls apart – help. I love and trust you. I believe you have my best interest at heart. I believe you know what’s best for me. I know that you are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think. In my bitter moments give me the presence of mind to remember that the bitterness of this moment amplifies the sweetness of the next. Give me the strength to hold on. Help me trust and follow you in difficult times and celebrate and honor you when things are good. Thank you for my marriage and my family. I am blessed through them. Bless them with your favor today.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Valentine’s Day: 4 Expressions of Love

Tomorrow I start Ruth. Four chapters. Four days. Another entire book of the Bible.


Philippians 4

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 4:9, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION

Happy Valentine’s Day! On a day like this everything I read seems to have a heart-shaped filter. May the ones you love be near you. May you love and be loved. May the things you learn, receive, hear and see in one another bring you joy, establish your faith, strengthen your love and convince you of the inestimable value God sees in you.

It’s clear that Paul loved the people in the church at Philippi. He begins the book by saying, “I thank my God every time I think of you.” He adds, “How greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.” Paul’s love for the Philippians was deep. His desire was for them to know God, to love one another and to share that love with others.

Verse 9 is a natural desire that flows out from this love, “These things you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Paul expressed his love through what he:

  • Taught
  • Gave
  • Said
  • Did

Isn’t this how we express our love for God and one another.

  • WE TEACH – what we value, what we believe works, what we think will make a better life for the ones we love.
  • WE GIVE – of ourselves, our time, our stuff, to express our love, to remind someone that they mean something to us.
  • WE SAY – we attempt with feeble syllables and sounds to express the passion of our heart.
  • WE DO – we act, we make a choice that reflects our heart, reinforces our desires and tells the world what and who we value most.

APPLICATION

Who do you love? Do they know it? What will you teach, give, say or do today to express your love for your valentine? There’s clearly a context here broader than Valentine’s Day. What does what you teach, give, say or do say about the depths of your love for God?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for the love you have given me. Thank you that your love for me drove you to move heaven and earth so that we could be together. I pray that my love for you would be as deep and that those in my life you’ve given me to love – my wife, kids, parents, family, friends, church – I pray that they would know my love for you and for them through the things I teach, give, say and do.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Sacrifice: Loving Something More, Trusting God to Provide

Philippians 3

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 3:14-16, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet, indeed I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ…” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION

I often hear people talk of salvation as a free gift from God. It’s true. The forgiveness God gives is free. He has paid the debt we owe because of our sin. It was a debt we could never pay. He didn’t do this because we deserved it, but because we needed it and his love for us is so deep, so strong, so unconditional that he willingly sacrificed the life of his only son for you and me. Because of this sacrifice you have been or can be forgiven of the worst thing you’ve ever done. The good news is better than that, however. Because of his sacrifice you can be forgiven of the worst thing you haven’t done yet. This free gift of God is complete and comes with no strings attached.

I don’t know what this does in you. For me, I am humbled by the thought that God would do this for me. The sense of gratitude I feel toward God because of his gift is overwhelming. It creates in me a desire to give my life to him, for him, and to live in a way that honors him. I don’t do this in order to earn his favor. I already have that. I choose to live this way out of love for him. That’s when I realize, my salvation may be free, but following Christ will cost me something. It’s a price I am eager to pay.

In these verses Paul says something similar. At the beginning of the chapter Paul gives us his résumé and then tells us he’s given up all of that in order to pursue Christ. Becoming a Christ-follower cost him something. It wasn’t a price that was demanded. It was a price Paul willingly paid because of his desire to honor Christ. I think Paul would call it a sacrifice. I have two preferred definitions of sacrifice.

  1. Giving up something you love for the sake of something you love even more.
  2. Giving up more than you think you can afford and trusting God to provide.

APPLICATION

What has following Christ cost you? What sacrifices have you made in order to honor Christ with your life and your choices? If sacrifice means giving up something you love for the sake of something you love even more then what do your choices show that you really love? Is there something in your life you choose to follow or to pursue more than Christ? If so, you’ve found the thing you love more than him. You’ve sacrificed part of your relationship with him for that thing you chose instead. Is God leading you to give up more than you think you can afford? Paul was there. I’ve been there. Let me assure you, if God is asking you to give it God can be trusted to supply it, exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. Trust him.

Your salvation is free. Genuinely following Christ will likely cost you something. How far are you willing to go?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for you for wiping the slate clean. Thank you for forgiving me of the worst thing I’ve ever done the worst thing I’ll ever do, and everything in between. Today, I want to follow you. I don’t want to run ahead of you or lag behind you. I simply want to go where you lead and do what honors you. Out of gratitude for your gift of grace I want to honor you with my choices even when doing so costs me something. I want to say, “costs me everything.” But I’m not sure I can keep that promise. So, give me the strength and endurance to keep my word, even when it costs me something…everything.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Complain or Convince | The Squeal Heard Round the World

Philippians 2

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 2:14-16, “ Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION

It happens with my kids all the time. Specifically, my three-year-old. Everything’s smiles and rainbows until he doesn’t get his way. What happens next is a strange mixture of PeeWee Herman and the Incredible Hulk. This once sweet-natured little momma’s boy transforms into a wrecking ball of sheer will. Combine this with a high-pitched squeal and the severity of his complaint can be heard all over the neighborhood and by dogs miles away!

A little whining is to be expected. He’s three and the youngest of four siblings. He’s learning the right way to get his way. At this point his complaints and disputes revolve around simple things like video games and basketballs. But he will grow older and his complaints will one day become something you and I are more familiar with as adults. My prayer for him as he matures is that he would internalize these verses. I pray that he would learn to do all things without complaining or disputing.

I don’t expect him to be passive. I don’t expect him to just shut up and take it. God doesn’t call us to be anyone’s door mat. In moments when things aren’t going our way God does for you and me what I hope I can do for my kids. He trains us to find a better way.

Life is full of moments where you don’t get your way. Your job will come with people and circumstances that aren’t fair and tasks no one wants to do. Sometimes you’ll get what you deserve. Sometimes you won’t. Philippians 2:14-16 are clear. How we respond when we don’t get our way reflects the influence our Father has on us.

I encourage my three-year-old to find a better way. Hitting, biting, pushing, screaming, wailing – these tactics virtually guarantee he won’t get what he wants. We may be adults, but when we don’t get what we want we still struggle with our own inner three-year-old.

Philippians 2:14-16 tell us the reason we should we respond without complaints or disputes. It’s because it will set us apart. It takes little effort and even less thought to complain. To find a solution takes something more.

Earlier in Philippians 2 we see Jesus lifted up as a remarkable example of humility. He was treated unfairly and punished for a crime he didn’t commit. He gave up his position in heaven. He gave up his authority as God. He gave up his rights as a man. He gave up his life on the cross. Yet he never complained. He never argued. He gave up without giving in and got exactly what he wanted.

I’m going to say that again. Jesus gave up without giving in and got exactly what he wanted. Without dispute. Without complaint. Jesus found a better way. It led to salvation for you and me.

APPLICATION

We need to learn how to do all things without complaining or disputing. It’s not about giving in. It’s about giving up. Giving up what we think are our ‘rights’ or what we ‘deserve’. Like Jesus, we need to learn to give up without giving in. We need to find a better way.

I’m trying to train my three-year-old. Here’s what I tell him.

  • USE YOUR WORDS – squealing may get my attention, but it’s not going to convince your six-year-old brother to play with you. The right thing said at the right time in the right way can make miracles happen. Sometimes brothers like to hear you squeal. Don’t give them the pleasure. Use your words. 
  • MAKE A DEAL – The art of deal making is about relationships. I want something from you. In order to get it I need to know you. I need to understand what makes you tick and what ticks you off. Armed with that knowledge I don’t complain. I convince. Yes, there’s a problem that needs solved. I could complain about it or I could convince you that I have the solution and that solution is good for you and me both.

Both of these are tough enough for me – imagine how difficult they are for a three-year-old. So I always fall back to the most important principle of the training.

  • TRUST YOUR FATHER – When words don’t work, when I’m in no position to convince I can bring my complaints to my Father and trust that he will rightly judge. He will give what I need. He will provide. He will open doors no one can close and close doors no one can open. I can trust him to do what’s right and what’s best for me. I may not always get my way, but I can trust that what I get will be what’s best.

For my three-year-old this is tough. It’s tough for me too. Sometimes he gets the ball. Sometimes he doesn’t. Either way, as his father, I protect him from things that would harm him and provide him with things that will help. He’s learning to trust me.

It’s fun to see these principles at work in my older children. As they’ve grown, I find myself the arbitrator of fewer and fewer sibling battles. They’re learning to work things out. I hear them practice these things with their friends. They come to me now with fewer complaints and spend more time trying to convince me their solution is right. We’re far from perfect, but the squeals heard round the world are gradually becoming less and less.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

I’m thankful that I can trust you. When life seems unfair, when I don’t get my way, I’m confident you’re the one guiding and protecting me. Build Philippians 2:14-16 into my heart, mind and choices. Help me find solutions. Teach me to use my words, to convince instead of complain and to trust you. Help me to do all things without complaining or disputing so that I will be found a blameless and harmless child of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation where I can shine as a light to the world. Like Jesus, help me to give up without giving in and still get exactly what you intend for me to have.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Confidence Under Construction

I didn’t write yesterday, but did finish Zephaniah. Today we’ll start Philippians. Four chapters. Four days. One more entire book of the Bible read.


Philippians 1

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 1:6, “…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.” (NKJV)

Philippians 1:25-26, “And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION

Where’s your confidence? What are you absolutely certain of? In Philippians 1 Paul says there are two things he’s completely confident of:

  1. Verse 6 – He’s confident God will complete his good work in you.
  2. Verse 25 – He’s confident God will continue his good work through him.

Think of it like this, right now God is at work writing the story of your life. All that seems missing, all that is incomplete, all that anxiety you feel because of fears and failures, He’s working out all these things in you and through you so that your life in him will one day be complete. Your life is a story still being written.

He’s also working in you to bless others. It’s part of his design for us to need one another. There are things you know about God I will never know until you speak up. You have skills God wants to employ for the benefit of others. You have been entrusted with resources that can help someone else as God completes his work in them.

God intends to complete the work he started in you. God has included you in his plan for how to complete that work in someone else.

Receiving and giving. Being completed and helping make complete.

APPLICATION

Be confident today. Those areas of your life today that seem out-of-place, broken or incomplete are places where God is at work. It’s your life, under construction. Trust him. In his time and his way he will knock off the hard edges. He will sharpen who you are. He will strengthen your knowledge and abilities. He will increase the influence you carry. He will provide the resources you need. He will complete the work he has begun in you.

He’s doing this for a reason. It’s because you are part of his plan for someone else. Be confident today. God will use you to encourage someone in their faith. He will use you to challenge them to take their next step of obedience. He will ask you to be generous with your time, your skills and your resources because someone nearby needs what you have. He will employ you to accomplish his will and empower you to fulfill his purpose. You are part of his story for someone else. In their story you may be the character that changes eternity for them today. You may be the one that says just the right thing at just the right time so the lightbulb finally comes on and they finally get what God’s been trying to get them to hear all along. You may be the anonymous benefactor that puts just the right amount of cash into someone’s mailbox just when they need it most.

It leads to a statement and a question.

  • God wants to do something in you and through you that can’t be explained because of you.
  • How will you use who you are and what you have for the benefit of others?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for working to complete the good work you started in me. You have forgiven my sin, now you work to make me whole and make me holy. Give me the patience to trust you as you create in me a clean heart, and as you give me the skills and knowledge I need to accomplish your purpose. Thank you for employing me to encourage and challenge others. Show me how I can use who I am and what I have for the benefit others. Today, do something in me and through me that can’t be explained because of me.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Momentum

Zephaniah 2

SCRIPTURE

Zephaniah 2:3, “Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you—protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

Nothing strengthens success like momentum. Nothing accelerates failure like momentum. There is a momentum to the world. Momentum is movement in an established direction multiplied by the force of decisions without thought and action without effort. Momentum is a powerful tool when you’re headed the right direction and a wicked taskmaster when you’re headed the wrong direction.

I believe it’s one reason why God built a Sabbath Day into his plan. He knew that momentum would build and we would need time to pause, to reflect, to slow down, get our bearings, determine whether or not we’re headed the right way, make whatever course corrections are necessary and move on.

Zephaniah 2 is that pause.

Once more God reveals his preference. Judgement must come, but it doesn’t have to be the judgement of devastation. It can be the judgement of forgiveness. It doesn’t have to bring destruction. It can bring restoration. If only we will pause, seek the Lord and follow his commands.

APPLICATION

It’s time to pause. Where is the momentum of your life taking you? Are you headed the right direction? Are you moving at the right pace. Momentum can be a powerful force for good or a cruel force for evil. Will the momentum of your life carry closer to God today or further away? Will the momentum of your choices deepen your relationship with your spouse, strengthen your relationship with your friends and build a better future with your children…or will it do the other thing?

It’s time to pause, seek the Lord. Humble yourself. Follow him.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the Sabbath Day. Thank you for making it one of your 10 Commandments. Thank you for building moments of rest into your plan for me and your world. I pray that you would build momentum in the right direction into me and that when I get headed the wrong direction I would pause long enough to know the course corrections you want me to make. Today I want to pause, seek the Lord, humble myself do what is right, and follow you. As I do, fulfill Zephaniah 2:3 in me – protect me from your anger and lead me in your way.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

One Generation

Zephaniah

SCRIPTURE

Zephaniah 1:5, “For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the Lord, but then they worship Molech, too.” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

Minor Prophet. Major Message. Zephaniah was the great-grandson of a king, Hezekiah. Amos, another minor prophet we’ll read later, was a shepherd. In Scripture we see significant messages from God delivered by the least and the greatest. In one story we even see God speak through a donkey. Two big ideas here:

  • No matter your status, station, power, prestige, position or influence, God can speak through you.
  • Take time to listen. Because that statement is true of others as well.

God can speak to you through the most expected or unexpected of people. Don’t let arbitrary conditions affect your willingness to respect the wisdom of God simply because it wasn’t delivered in a way that matches your preconceived notion of who God should use to encourage, challenge or correct you.

Zephaniah is another prophet who predicts the coming fall of the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. He gives a clear time frame for when he writes. It’s during reign of Amon, King of Judah. This would be somewhere around 640 – 610 b.c. Jerusalem fell somewhere between 610 – 580 b.c. That puts Zephaniah’s writing approximately 40 years from the fall. In Bible terms the number 40 represents a generation. So you can think of it like this – Zephaniah predicted that the next generation will suffer the fall and complete destruction of their nation.

Now let’s focus on verse 5, ““For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the Lord, but then they worship Molech, too.”

We might be tempted to think that Jerusalem was taken against her will. And she was, but verse 5 tells something about the heart of the people. Idol worship was rampant throughout the nation of Judah at this time. One of the most popular gods to worship was Molech. He’s also known as Baal. Molech was a cruel god of the Babylonian pantheon. He had four eyes and two mouths. Babylonian mythology says the world was created when Molech and Tiamat, the evil 5-headed dragon, battled for control of the universe. Molech won the fight. When he crushed Tiamat under his foot the earth was formed. Molech went down to the earth to see if it was as evil as the creature from which it was made. In contempt for Tiamat, Molech spit on the ground. Everywhere he spat a man was formed. Everywhere man spat a woman was formed. Everywhere woman spat a tree was formed. And so, according to the Babylonians, the world began.

Because the world was created from something Molech considered evil the people formed from his contempt were required to offer sacrifices that would prove their loyalty to him. He required them to sacrifice their children in his name. This was a common practice in Judah at the time of Zephaniah.

I know this sounds crazy in our modern culture. We would never sacrifice our children in the name of some ancient myth. But we do find other reasons to sacrifice our children. Some woman, in the middle of one of the most difficult circumstance they have ever faced, will have to decide whether to keep the baby, give the baby life through adoption, or take the life of the baby through abortion. There’s nothing easy about this decision. But it’s a sacrifice that has taken the life of millions of children.

Some fathers will look their children in the eye this morning, hug and kiss them goodbye, walk out the door and leave them behind. They will trade their children for more time in the office, greater responsibility at work, and a bigger paycheck. They may even trade in those children for a new set because things with mom, ‘…just aren’t working out.’

We see it happen all the time. With the best of intentions or with the hope that our choices will ‘make things better’ we forever change the quality or quantity of life for our children. We don’t do this in the name of a strange-faced god. We do it for money, happiness, convenience, or simply because we don’t see any other possibility. We mortgage the future and our children pay with interest.

APPLICATION

It’s interesting that more than a generation before Judah fell to the Babylonian Empire the people of Judah worshiped Babylonian gods. While the destruction of Judah was devastating it was the natural end of a desire the people of Judah had already expressed. They wanted to be like the Babylonians. They adopted their culture, sensibilities, and religion. All that was left was their government. One generation after Zephaniah this changed too. What happened by force was a mirror image of the lifestyle the nation of Judah had already adopted.

What parts of your life are shaped more by our culture than by your faith? How is your faith shaped by our culture? Do you pick and choose which parts of the Bible you apply to your own life based on what’s accepted as the cultural standard? What would it take for you to sacrifice your children? Under what conditions would you find it acceptable for someone else to sacrifice their children?

One generation. That’s all it takes for a nation to fall. One generation. That’s really all the time you have. It reminds me of a quote I recently heard, “If we don’t change the world…someone else will.”

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for who you are and what you’ve done in my life. Help me see how my life measures up to your word. Am I living according to your will or according to the approval of the culture in which I live? Show me and give me the wisdom, strength, courage and endurance to change my choices to match your desires rather than my own. Better yet, change my desires to match your own. Forgive our nation for the ways we’ve sacrificed our children. May the next generation be blessed because of the choices I make today.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Move

Finished Habakkuk today. Headed to Zephania next. It’s the last of the three chapter books. Read one chapter each day and by Sunday you will have finished the entire book!


Habakkuk

SCRIPTURE

Habakkuk 3:3, “I see God moving…” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

This chapter is a song of praise to God from Habakkuk. Utter devastation is about to fall. God’s justice is about to be fulfilled, yet Habakkuk looks through the difficulty to see that God is moving. He’s working out his plan in us and through us. Habakkuk’s response? Habakkuk 3:18-19, “…yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”

I don’t know what you face today but there are two truths you need to understand.

  • God is putting all the right people in all the right places to accomplish his will in your life, your family, your church and your world.
  • God wants to do something in you and through you that can’t be explained because of you.

APPLICATION

I see God moving.

Do you? Where is God at work in your life, your business, your family, your church, your community? Will you join him there? Will you get excited, get involved, and get moving with him? My dad always said you’ve got to lead, follow or get out of the way. Right now God is leading you somewhere. Will you follow or will he move you out of his way?

I see God moving. I’m going with him.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your amazing work in my life and our world. There is so much injustice in our world today and God I know you intend to fix it. I trust that your timing is perfect and ask that you give me the patience to endure until you do. I see you moving in our world. I want to join you in that work. Put me exactly where you need me. Equip me to do exactly what you need done. Give me the strength, wisdom and courage to accomplish the purpose you set before me. You lead. I’ll follow. Do something in me and through me that can’t be explained because of me. Let the world look at me and glorify you.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad