The Surging Sea Will Be Subdued

“They will pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued … I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will walk,” declares the Lord (Zechariah 10:11a, 12 NIV).

The path of God’s restoration passes through the sea of trouble. Though the sea is vast and mighty, God demonstrates His power over it. He promises that the surging sea will be subdued. Your … Read the rest

You Are My Hiding Place


Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:6, 7 NIV).

David talked about the blessedness of being forgiven by God in this Psalm. But then He also described the time he was … Read the rest

They Did not Listen Because of Their Discouragement

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

Yet I Reserve Seven Thousand in Israel


Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him (1 Kings 19:18 NIV).

There has been no time like ours in world history. This is a time of great moral failure, rebellion, materialism, and idolatry in the human heart like never before. If you look around you, it is easy to get discouraged. This is … 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

God, Who Daily Bears Our Burdens

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19 NIV).

Burdens are not uncommon to you. Every now and then you become burdened. There are a host of things that could burden you. Sometimes you move on in life like a heavy truck being towed; a slow and lifeless movement. This happens because you think there is no other option but to bear … Read the rest

Some Trust in Chariots and Horses, But We

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm (Psalm 20:7,8 NIV).

It always looks impressive to have numerous chariots and horses arranged in formation. In modern language chariots and horses could be translated as tanks and missiles. Because it can inspire a sense of … Read the rest

My Ways Are Higher Than Your Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8,9 NIV).

When your best plans fail; when your earnest prayers seem to go unanswered; when you see the sun rise for others smiling while for you it has set; … Read the rest

Whoever Is for the Lord, Come to Me

Whoever is for the Lord, come to me (Exodus 32:26b NIV).

Going along with the crowd is always an easy option. But what if the crowd decides to forget the Lord and do as they please? What if this decision leads to sin? It is then that you should remember this rallying cry, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.”

Even when the crowd decides to do wrong, it … Read the rest

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, `The LORD, the God of your fathers–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob–has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation” (Exodus 3:15 NIV).

The name YHWH has been used 6,823 times in the Old Testament. This name of God is … Read the rest