But First Make a Small Cake of Bread for Me

“But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son” (1 Kings 17:13b NIV).

Giving to God is never easy. Here we find an example of a widow. She was about to prepare her last meal. Then comes Elijah. He makes a demand. He asked her to first make a small cake … Read the rest

Separate Those Who Lap the Water

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink” (Judges 7:5 NIV).

Many come to serve God. But God does not choose all. He first of all finds those who are wavering because of fear. They are sent back. Then again He continues to sift. He … Read the rest

Do Not Be Afraid, O Worm Jacob, O Little Israel

“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

Break Camp and Advance

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites … ” (Deuteronomy 1:6, 7a NIV).

Achievers for God don’t sit still for ever. They press forward. They do not make victories an occasion for rest. But they make it their base where they plan to move forward. Others, who like to … Read the rest

Forming an Alliance, but Not by My Spirit

“Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin (Isaiah 30:1 NIV).

Alliances play an important role in life. They can help you or cause your ruin. So one should enter into alliances very carefully and with much prayer. Here, it talks about the stubbornness of the Israelites. They … Read the rest

Because They Have Not Followed Me Wholeheartedly

Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly … (Numbers 32:11a NIV).

Half-heartedly following God is dangerous. It causes you to have puny (small and weak) faith. It cannot take God at His word and act on what He has commanded. It looks at obstacles and trembles in fear instead of looking at a big God and conquering it. It causes you to think of going back to old habits and … Read the rest

After Rachel Gave Birth to Joseph

After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland” (Genesis 30:25 NIV).

Have you ever felt that it is time to move? Possibly yes. Jacob also felt so at one time. But the important thing to note here is a status change which made him feel that way. It is described thus: “After Rachel gave … Read the rest

David, “Where Shall I Go?”

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered (2 Samuel 2:1 NIV).

One of the chief qualities that shaped David’s life was his willingness to inquire of the Lord. He did this for all decisions of his life though there … Read the rest

The Lord Your God Will Himself Cross Over Ahead

The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you (Deuteronomy 31:3a NIV).

There is a change of leadership here. Moses had to step aside and Joshua was the new leader. And He was given the charge to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. But the important person here was neither Moses nor Joshua. The real leader of the people was God Himself. Therefore Moses reminded the Israelites … Read the rest

Since You Have Never Been This Way Before

Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it (Joshua 3:4 NIV).

The way not traveled before! You may be standing at the crossroads thinking how you are going to cope with unknown territory ahead. There is fear of the future in the heart. … Read the rest