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It’s a New Day! | Robin Laney
S~ He shatters the mighty without investigation
and sets others in their place.
Thus, knowing their works,
he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.
He strikes them for their wickedness
in a place for all to see,
because they turned aside from following him
and had no regard for any of his ways,
so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him,
and he heard the cry of the afflicted.— Job 34:24-28 (ESV)
O~ Job’s friend, Elihu, is trying to convince him that it is of no use arguing with God. He is almighty, omniscient, righteous, wise, and has dominion over all. God is sovereign over individuals and nations.
A~ This election season has truly been like a horribly written novel wherein the author sought to put every ill known to man into one novel. Twists and turns and unexpected weirdness in every paragraph. One in which the reader is left saying, with every turn of the page, “Wait. What?” The story lines might be too much to keep up with for the average person. I would imagine that if anyone could get through the whole book they would be so disturbed and overwhelmed that they might not pick up another fictional tale for a year (or maybe four.)
But God….As the sun rises on this day, He is still on the throne. He is still in control. He is still watching over us and our mission has not changed. There are still many nations and neighbors who have not heard the Good News. There are still people who are in need of hope and love and food and comfort. The end of the story has not changed although the middle might get a bit more interesting. We are still His people and He is still our God. Rise and shine and give God the Glory!
P~ Lord, the past year has been filled with worry and anger and frustration and doubt. Uncertainty and fear have plagued many of us as we have considered what our country’s future will be like. We have prayed and agonized over who will best lead us for the next four years. We have debated and flat-out argued. Some have lost friends along the way and others have just given up and withdrawn from the process. I suppose you know that it has been chaotic at best. The only peace in this whole thing is knowing two Truths; First, that You are sovereign and second, that this world is not our home. Thank you for this timely reminder that You have this! Let us continue to look to You for wisdom and peace and courage as we move forward from here. Let us remain steadfast in our faith and continue to abide in You.
Power Not Talk | Kim Chipman
S~ For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)
O~ For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
A~ The world we live in surely is a lot of talk. Blah, blah, blah. More words does not make us more powerful – it’s tapping into Your Spirit. I hear You telling me I need to use this principle in my life – specifically in my parenting. To enjoy the kingdom of God in my home is not a matter of talk but of power. Fewer words. Power, love and self discipline. Help these to flow through me to my family.
P~ Lord, help me to embrace Your Spirit and power! Help me to parent, wife, friend…help me to love well!
My right to be right | Nikki Metzger
S~ Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? 1 Corinthians 6:7 (NLT)
O~ Believers in this church were suing other believers. Paul, the author, is reprimanding them. Paul asks them a tough question: why can’t they be cheated and accept the injustice?
A~ Laying down my right to be right, when I’m right, is insanely difficult! To accept injustices and leave it at that to to let myself be cheated….everything in me screams that this is wrong.
How can Paul so easily pen those words? Accept injustice against you, let yourself be cheated. This just doesn’t make sense. Maybe Paul learned through his ministry that the injustices against him and being cheated, well, it was worth it to let Jesus fight for him?
P~ Lord, this way of thinking is opposite of what is in me. I don’t like to accept injustices against me, I don’t like to be cheated! Some situations, I just can’t leave things alone. I have to be right!! Help me to lay down my right to be right, especially when I’m right!