So two days ago, I read Isa 51.16 and spent some time studying it. It served as the verse of the day for the 22nd. Now, this prayer uses this same verse in its daily devotional. If it were a common verse like John 3.16, nobody would think a thing. But a relatively unknown verse like this one from Isaiah? Somebody might say the Lord is sending a message.
In today’s devotional, Ed M. cites Esther 4.14 and ponders human action under divine sovereignty. His prayer caps off the devotional so well.
Almighty God, what I do matters. And what I do not do matters, too. I need to know which is appropriate under what circumstances. Please give me insight to know when and how to do Your will. Through Him, who knows, Amen.
Focus question: Do I find myself thinking that someone else will act if I don’t, or that God will provide in spite of my inaction, and thus excuse myself?
In the secular American culture, if we believe in God at all, it is hard for us to believe that God is profoundly interested in the ordinary activities of human beings; profoundly interested in a young man chasing his father’s donkeys who have escaped their pen, or profoundly interested in the time and talent of a young man making his living by extorting money from his neighbors who pay taxes. Is it possible that God is profoundly interested in what I am doing today? In what you there at your computer are doing? In what we could be doing for the Kingdom today?
Is it possible that God is inviting, calling, cajoling us to come join HIS enterprise of saving the world? It is not only possible . . . it is the promise and fulfillment of all that is important about being human. Saul and Levi can help us see that as ordinary as we might be, God has great things in mind for us. Things far more important than any petty pursuit of our own. Let’s go – it is a new year and a new opportunity to become what we were born to be. “This will be a sign for you, that the Lord has anointed you . . .”
God uses events to bring forward his will. Interesting connection in the post above.
I think the Lord wants to remind me today of his sovereign hand that accomplishes his will. Ed’s words are powerful today, from Ezra 7.
The divine element. This whole episode was guided by “the hand of the Lord,” Ezra 7:27,28. Persian policy became favorable because God intervened. He molded history behind the scenes. In ways the pagan monarch did not suspect, he facilitated the purposes of heaven: “teaching all who do not know the will of God,” Ezra 7:25,26.
God’s providence is best seen as we look back over his care in the past, since his work is not always evident in the present. He has revealed his plan, but man cannot always see its outworking.
Focus question: Where have you seen God’s hand molding your history behind the scenes?
Have faith. Trust in God. Believe that he will provide. Has he not done so in the past? Has he not cared for your every need? Have you not seen his hand move when you were helpless? Are you not his child, in Christ? Did you not obey the gospel and receive his grace? God cares for his own. He has promised to care for those who seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. Rest in him. Be at peace. Know that he is God and he sees your need. Give thanks for his goodness toward you.
Have one of those days when every article and devotional speaks to you? Yup, today for me.
There is not a moment when we are not in God’s thought. He has plans for each life, taking in its smallest events as well as its greatest. How secure it should make Christians feel at all times—to know that God is thinking of us, caring for us!
If God thinks of me so often, how often should I think of him?
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