“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecc 3:1)
We all have desires in our hearts we would like to see fulfilled. Many of these are God given to help propel us to where we need to be, but there are multiple parts to every call that may be on our lives.
There is a time to sow where we prepare and invest time, money, and effort in getting ourselves ready and equipped. There is a time of winter where absolutely nothing seems to happen. We just have to wait in expectation of spring. Then we move into all He has for us, and we have to put aside what we will need to sow for the next season and reap the reward of our labors.
What we are and more importantly what we do has a specific timeframe. If we leave too early, we will only fail. If we discern the season, we will act appropriately. There is no point in trying to reap in winter or plant in summer.
Quick Prayer: Show me the when as well as the what. Amen.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” (Rom 13:8)
Sometimes the Scriptures are deliberately vague. We have to dig deep for the truth, and there are layers of understanding. Other times things are so obvious in black-and-white that we almost miss them.
Let no debts remain outstanding. If we look into the ancient text, reference the commentators of the time, seek out all the different interpretations of the Scripture, and assemble it all together, it makes no difference. The Word still says to let no debt remain outstanding.
If you have debts remaining, let them not remain outstanding.
Quick Prayer: Help me get me out of debt please, Lord. Amen.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)
A God that takes away as well as gives? I am not sure that fits with our individualistic, self centered, post-modern, positive thinking, lifestyle oriented, materialistic, and capitalist view of God. Have we constructed an idol for ourselves? Do we expect Him to do our bidding? How easily can faith become presumption?
We are here a few short years. An insignificant spec in time, yet we demand of an eternal God, a conformity to our expectations. Sometimes we will not understand from an eternal perspective.
Sometimes it will look like God has done us wrong. He gives and He takes away. Will we still serve Him? Yes, for in Him are the answers to all things, and eternal life in Christ.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you give and that you take away in your wisdom.” Amen
“You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” (Psalm 66:12)
It is hard to understand how a loving God would allow things to happen, that we wouldn’t want to go through. Often He allows circumstances to occur, but always for a reason, always with an outcome, and always to a place of restoration.
Tough places are by definition tough. In this scripture they went through the mill, BUT…… I love that word. How often do we see His hand in times of struggle and strife, BUT God, BUT He, BUT then. Hope in the midst of turmoil, and deliverance to a place of peace, a place of safety and a place of abundance.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that there is an end to the tough places and a place of rest is coming.” Amen
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” (Proverbs 10:11)
Fountains are wonderful. They are refreshing, life giving, beautiful, and awe inspiring. Our words should refresh, encourage, and inspire those around us.
The alternative doesn’t bear too much consideration. Today be aware of what you say. Are you speaking life or death? Your mouth should be a fountain of life.
Try and be conscious of what you say and its possible impact. If you are anything like me, you will be surprised by how little you say that enlightens the life of others. Maybe that is why the wise seem to speak little and listen a lot.
Look for the opportunity to refresh someone at work this week. You well may be surprised by the reaction, though I would hope it is not one of total surprise.
Quick Prayer. “Let the words of my mouth refresh others.” Amen
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” ( Proverbs 30:5)
We all need protection. From time to time we are attacked. We are in a war, expect some flak. So how do we defend ourselves and fight back? Jesus used the word of God as a weapon.
Here we are advised to use it as a shield. If you find yourself in trouble in business, or in your personal life; Speak the word of God. Get to know your armoury, you never know when you will l need it. If you take the time to study the bible, it will become a part of who you are.
Speaking the word was modeled to us by Jesus, how much more do we need that protection?
Quick Prayer. “Protect me when I need a shield Lord. Teach me to use your word.” Amen
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Wow! What a promise. All the promises of God are “yes and amen” to those who love Jesus (see 2 Cor 1:20). You will have more than enough when you are faithful and honor God with your income. His Word is true; He is not a man that He would lie (see Num 23:19). Do we dare to accept Him according to His Word and exercise faith and action to appropriate His promise?
This is a mind-bending promise but one that is true because God said it was so. How we honor God with our first fruits is between us and God, and many errors have been placed on this truth. The important part is recognizing the truth of His provision and actually acting on it to reflect the command to honor Him with the cream of the crop.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are a generous God. Please bless me according to your Word, as I have sought to be faithful to your will.” Amen
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
You are what you say. God spoke the world into being and we are created in His image. how many have been damaged by having negative words spoken over them by a parent, teacher or minister?
Describing the tongue as having the power of life or death is about as strong a term as you could use. God is obviously placing a massive emphasis on the importance of what say, so therefore, so should we!
Watch what you say, be measured in your words, encourage, build up and edify those around you and yourself. You will inhabit the world created by your words.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of my words and the power they hold.” Amen