Not A One
Joshua 21:45 – Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God is trustworthy. He will keep all of His good promises. There are also promises that are not so good for those who disobey. But God is merciful to those who ask His forgiveness. There may be consequences to sin, but there will also be mercy and forgiveness.
My Advice – Do not be discouraged when God’s answers to prayer seem slow in coming. God is faithful and will keep His promises. Only He knows when the time is right. So be patient. Also, be encouraged even when you experience the consequences of sins you have confessed, that God is merciful. He has forgiven and the consequences could have been much worse if unconfessed.
Is Your Backup In The Cloud?
Philippians 4:6, 7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV 1984)
Who’s got your back? As much as we want to be independent and self-sufficient, it is nice to know that someone has our back. But not just anyone, but rather someone who is both dependable and capable. For what good is backup if it cannot be relied upon to be there when needed, and also capable of providing the backup without “crashing?” For Christians, our backup is God. Not only is He dependable (always faithful), but He is capable (all powerful).
We also want personal attention. Not a “one-size reply all” type of attention. This too is something that we can count on from God. He knows all about us, every single detail and every single concern. For “[b]efore I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV 1978). I like that.
Listen To Your Heart
Deuteronomy 30:11, 14 – “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – God does not command anything that He does not put into our heart to be able to do. That is the reason that it is not too difficult or beyond our reach.
My Advice – Listen to your heart. God has put into it His desires. Follow those desires and you will always do what is right and just. Doing what is right and just will always be within your reach and will be easier than you think.
Timing & Patience & Faith – Oh My!
Numbers 11:23 – The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We worry and fret. We whine and complain. How is God going to do this or take care of that? Do we really think that God is incapable or too distant to make all things work for the good?
My Advice – Never underestimate God’s ability and willingness to see you through the most challenging and frustrating of times. Where you may see impossibility, God sees not just possibility but certainty. It is just a matter of timing, patience and faith. Trust God. He will never disappoint.
Leviticus 10:3 – “Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of the people I will be honored.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Even though we are sons and daughters and even though we have Jesus as an intercessor we should respect and honor God.
My Advice – Do not be so casual with God that you dishonor Him. Do not take Him for granted. While we can boldly approach His “throne of grace,” we should still be respectful and consider His holiness.
Step 1 – Desiring What God Desires
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
A: Discovering the Truth
Many envision God as He appears to be depicted in the Old Testament as a God of wrath and judgment. In contrast, others tend to have an impression of God from the New Testament as one of compassion and grace. But God does not have Continue reading “Desiring What God Desires”