But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will occur tomorrow (Exodus 8:22, 23).
God cares for His people. He makes a distinction between them and others … Read the rest
And he said, “Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you” (Genesis 31:12 NIV).
God has seen what someone else has been doing to you. Even though the other person is powerful and can manipulate circumstances to make you the loser, there is someone who is watching. Therefore … Read the rest
“Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 41:14 NIV).
God sees into you much better than you do. He sees how you think about yourself in certain seasons of life. He knows that you are feeling like a worm today. You think yourself unworthy to receive the kindnesses of the … Read the rest
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage (Exodus 6:9 NIV).
Good news is not always welcomed. This was the case with the Israelites. God had told them through Moses that He was going to deliver them. At first, they bowed down and worshiped (Exodus 4:31). But then Pharaoh increased their hard labor instead of freeing them. This … Read the rest
Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah. (1 Chronicles 1:1–3 NIV).
This list of names does not make an interesting reading to many. So they skip reading this portion of the Scriptures. This disinterest is also because people are not aware why it was written: This book was written to the Jewish people who returned from exile and 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Their nation was … Read the rest
Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? (Lamentations 3:37 NIV).
Isn’t this a comforting thought? When you are faced by words that are spoken by others that trouble your mind, think on this truth. It means that nobody can make anything happen through their words unless God has decreed it.
The prophet here is thinking on the calamities that has come on Jerusalem. … Read the rest
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare (Psalm 40:5 NIV).
Who plans for others?
Normally, parents plan for their children.
So, what does it mean when God plans for you?
It means that you are His child. And God … Read the rest
Then the Lord shut him in (Genesis 7:16b NIV).
This is the secret of survival when the floods arise. To be shut in inside the ark by God. How thoughtful of God to have shut the door of the ark! We do see husbands who are thoughtful of their wives closing the doors of the cars out of love for them once they get in. Likewise, in shutting Noah … Read the rest
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV).
Those who have never gone hungry in their lives will never know the blessedness of having food in plenty. So God had to … Read the rest
Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you (Zechariah 9:12 NIV).
God is our fortress. Those who remain within the fortress are surrounded with God’s strength. The fortress thus is a symbol of divine protection. This protection is available to a child of God at all times. But this protection is limited to the confines of the … Read the rest