A Prayer of Disbelief

Chapter 20

Theme: A Prayer of Disbelief
Focus on: Jeremiah
Reading Portion(s): Jeremiah 32
– Important Background Information
– Helps you find strength in God
What this article teaches you
Obedience to God is never easy. One of the difficulties is that we may not understand “why” God is asking us to do certain things. Those things that He asks us to do may not make much sense. Especially is this true
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They Rejoiced at the Sight

Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting wheat their wheat in the valley, when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight (1 Samuel 6:13 NIV).

There are seasons of disappearances of God’s favor in the life of His children. It can be caused by many things. Sin and disobedience can easily become causes of such disappearance. At the end of the Book of Judges … 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

Recorded the Stages in Their Journey

At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages (Numbers 33:2 NIV).

Any journey has many stages; especially the journey of life. But is there any significance to recording the stages of that journey? There has to be; otherwise God might not have asked Moses to do so. It would be good to attempt to understand the reasons behind this command.

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Nevertheless, in Their Presumption

Nevertheless in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp (Numbers 14:44 NIV).

Presumption is dangerous in Christian living. It puts you in trouble and brings sorrow. But what is presumption? It is acting on what you think is best when God has specifically commanded you not to do so.

For example, the Israelites … Read the rest

This Is from the Lord

This is from the Lord (Genesis 24:50b NIV).

There is perhaps no other chapter in the Bible where God’s personal loving guidance is seen with greater clarity than in this chapter. When Laban and Bethuel had heard the story of how God had guided Abraham’s servant to Rebekah, they said: “This is from the Lord.” Possibly we can say that times have changed. We can say that we need not … Read the rest