There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 31:6 NIV).
What is fascinating in this verse is the changed role of watchmen! By duty, their role is to stand guard and report of any sign of danger. But here a day is spoken about when they will be encouraging people to … Read the rest
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2 NIV).
Have you called to God? If not, this is the time to do so. It is when you are overwhelmed by life’s troubles, doubts, and worries, that you need to call out to God. Do not think that help is … Read the rest
No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5 NIV).
What was God trying to do in Abram’s life by changing his name? The shift in meaning can explain it to a great extent. Abram means exalted father while Abraham means father of many. Now the question is, why this change?
Abram was already … Read the rest
“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty (Haggai 2:9a NIV).
The first problem with the people of Israel was one of neglect. They had neglected the rebuilding of the temple of the Lord. God punished them by withholding blessings. Then encouraged by the prophets they started rebuilding the temple of the Lord. But then the second problem … Read the rest
The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly (Isaiah 60:22 NIV).
There is a key to understanding the way that God’s blessing and increase comes. It is the phrase, “in its time.” There is a time that God has set for opening the floodgates of heaven to bless you. Your duty is to … Read the rest
This is what the Lord says to his anointed, … whose right hand I take hold of … to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you … (Isaiah 45:1,2a NIV).
This is part of a famous prophecy about King Cyrus whom God used to rebuild the temple of Jerusalem. Though it refers particularly to him, its message is applicable to you … Read the rest
Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place” (Exodus 13:19 NIV).
Focus on Joseph. He had become governor of the land of Egypt. He enjoyed the favor of the king and also enjoyed the honor given … Read the rest
The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22:14 NIV).
This ultimately refers to God’s providing of Jesus, the Lamb of God, for us. But it can be applied to all life situations provided you have accepted God’s provision of the Lamb.
The context of this verse is the testing of Abraham. God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. He proceeded to obey immediately. He asked no questions. He did not wait for further … Read the rest