God Greater Than Our Strengths

Solomon had already demonstrated wisdom in discerning his brothers intentions, in dealing with his father’s enemies in a just way, and in making an alliance with Egypt. 
He acknowledges, in spite of this, his inadequacy. He doesn’t limit himself to his own strength (wisdom), rather, he expresses a desire for all God has for him.

It’s natural to ask God for help in areas we are weak. But what if we made it a point, as Solomon did, to ask and rely on God in areas of strength too? What if God has far more for us in those areas, if only we would ask?

Not Too Far Gone

The effects of sin are horrible, more far reaching and far worse than we could fully conceive or imagine.

Amazingly, in spite of this, with God, we’re not too far gone. If you feel like you’ve stepped so far over the line you can’t come back, remember David.

He who committed adultery with Bathsheba. And killed her husband.

Bad enough if he were an anonymous soldier, but Uriah distinguished himself as one of David’s 30 best warriors.

It’s hard to imagine a colder, harder heart than David possessed when he did this. 

Yet in spite of it all, later, after returning to God, David proclaims his righteousness and innocence. Did his sin not matter? 

No, but those things, our past, is not fatal. Our sin is not unforgiveable, nor must we live in condemnation. David experienced forgiveness. And so can we. We’re not too far gone with God. Return to Him today.

The Horrible Effects Of Sin

Sometimes we can see it, sometimes not. Such was the case of Saul breaking the treaty with the Gibeonites. Saul didn’t see the effects of his actions. It was only a long time later, well into David’s reign, that a famine came from Saul’s actions (2 Samuel 21:1).
While I can’t comprehend it, and it hardly seems fair to Saul’s seven descendants (who probably had nothing to do with Saul’s actions), their deaths graphically illustrate the horrible effects of sin.

Yet into our messed up, sin affected lives and world, God brings hope, redemption, and life. 

Continued tomorrow…Not Too Far Gone

Forgetting To Give Thanks

Do I take what God does in my life for granted? Or do I notce and appreciate what Jesus is doing?
We’ve recently made a move and taken a step (leap) of faith as a famiy. We sold our stuff, quit our jobs, and moved to another state…all without any work lined up.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the applying for jobs, looking for a place to live, and adjusting to a new environment that I forget to look and see how God is working. 

  • A part-time job
  • A few interviews
  • A good church to call home
  • Places to stay
  • The start of some new relationships
  • Unexpected checks

Lord, let me be like the one leper and remember to thank you for all you have done (and are doing) in my life.

When Faith Is Not The Issue

Ever feel like you needed more faith to do what God called you to? The disciples felt that way when Jesus told them to forgive someone who sinned against them seven times…in the same day!
“Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” (Luke 17:4, NLT)

But Jesus lets them (and us) in on a truth: Forgiveness is not a matter of faith, forgiveness is a matter of identity. It’s simply a part of who we are. He explains…

A servant works all day in teh field. When he comes in, he doesn’t expect a hot meal to be waiting for him, instead, he busies himself by preparing a meal for his master. 

It’s simply what a servant does.

The same is true for us. A believer sins agains us and asks for forgiveness, again and again. We forgive.

It’s not a matter of faith, it’s simply what a child of God does.

Father, relationships, especially with other believers, can get strained at time. It seems so hard to forgive, to work thing sout. It’s so much easier just to get offended and walk away. Thank you for showing me that working things through is just a part of who you called me to be. Let me walk that out  throughout this week.

When Things Go Well

Going through a major move (again), trying to get connected to a community, helping a child navigate through the teen years, and dealing with some health issues can make life challenging indeed.
But God is faithful. In those times, he brings encouragement, strength, and wisdom, especially through his Word.

As hard as those times may be, perhaps a greater threat to faith occurs when things go well, when we experience peace and blessing on every side.

King Asa certainly faced that challenge. After turning to God and trusting in Him through some incredibly overwhelming circumstances, God gave him rest and blessed him with peace and prosperity.

Eventually, new challenges arose. But this time, Asa failed miserably.

In times of blessing, it’s easy to shift our focus from God on to our circumstances (maybe even easier than in times of trial). Let reflection on who God is and all he has done stir your heart to remain fully committed to him.

Growing In Wisdom

Could it be that spending time reading and writing down the Word (as a scribe) helped Jonathan develop wisdom and insight?

I’ve altered my practice as I spend time in the Word to physicallywriting down verses that speak to me and stir my heart (as well as my thoughts on how they relate to me)

It causes me to slow down (this practice of writing – as opposed to copying and pasting or even typing) and take to heart a little more what I’m writing.

In the matter of wisdom it’s a practice worth trying. How do you read and process God’s Word? Does physically writing things down help you?