So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly (Joshua 14:14 NIV).
This is the story of a remarkable man of faith. We are given a small but informative sketch about his zeal for God.
Caleb was one of the leaders who was sent from Kadesh Barnea by Moses to spy out the promised land. All … Read the rest
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).
Hoping in the Lord can be disheartening at times because the answer to your prayers may have been delayed. At this point of time, it is very easy to complain that God has disregarded your … Read the rest
One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head (Micah 2:13 NIV).
Our God is One who breaks open ways where none exists. As Christians we often come to dead ends in life. At these points in our walk of faith we see no way ahead. And … Read the rest
Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart over it, his horses do not grind it (Isaiah 28:28 NIV).
Bread is the final product we get after a lot of processes. And from this process that God has given man wisdom to learn we can understand much about spiritual discipline. Threshing is the … Read the rest
But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, `Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them’ (Numbers 20:12 NIV).
Trusting in God is good. But when you are leaders of God’s flock you have to trust enough to honor God. This incident teaches us that there is … Read the rest
And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God (1 Samuel 23:16 NIV).
David was a great man of God–a man after God’s own heart! He did great exploits trusting in his God. But when there came difficult times in his life, he was just like any other human being. And he too needed encouragement!
Jonathan did the right thing here. He helped … Read the rest
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him (Isaiah 64:4 NIV).
God can act only for those who wait for Him. Those who are busily rushing forward need not expect God to act for them. For those who really long for God’s acting on their behalf are prepared to … Read the rest
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV).
This is the priestly blessing with which God commanded Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelites.
God wishes to bless His children. Many times we have a wrong notion that God is trying to … Read the rest
Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained (1 Samuel 2:30b NIV).
God is worthy of our highest honor. The story of Eli and his sons teaches us that there is a serious possibility of losing God’s favor when we dishonor God: Eli and his sons were chosen by God to be priests. This was a sacred responsibility. But Eli’s sons treated … Read the rest
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow (Psalm 60:4 NIV).
“BUT” is the most important word here. This promise is not for everyone. It is only for those who fear God. :q Does it mean that you have to tremble in fear? Does it mean that you lose all your power to act? Not at all. It means something else. … Read the rest