And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return” (Judges 6:18b NIV).
It is surprising to note God’s choices. He chose many who were not confident about themselves. He chose those who were afraid to step out. But he made leaders of such stuff as these. Even today he continues to do so. You may be one like Gideon. Afraid of the enemy and hiding from them. Trying to … Read the rest
You are my witnesses (Isaiah 43:10a NIV).
God repeats this statement in quick succession twice (Isaiah 43:12 and 44:8). That means God meant it to be taken very seriously indeed. So what does it mean?
First of all it means that you need to have an intimate knowledge of God. This is important because no on can witness to anything that he has no knowledge about. God is inviting you … Read the rest
So Huram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the Lord (1 Kings 7:40b NIV).
God places great importance to the completion of a work undertaken. This is especially true when it is a work for the Lord. The kingdom of God has suffered much because many thousands of people failed to complete what they began. The reasons vary from lack of clear … Read the rest
Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, the aliens who lived among them (Joshua 8:34,35 NIV).
At the first chance that Joshua got, he built an altar to … Read the rest
Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary (Ezekiel 44:8 NIV).
Evasion of responsibility is not good. It becomes doubly sinful when you evade a God-given responsibility. Added to that when you put others who have no relation to God in charge of those things, it becomes absolutely sinful. And God is not pleased at all with this … Read the rest
So he did what the Lord had told him (1 Kings 17:5a NIV).
God will provide. Even though it is true, there is more to be said about it. God’s provision becomes visible and reachable to those who do what the Lord tells them to do. Let us look at Elijah. He was a mighty prophet of the Lord. He told the king of the land that there won’t be … Read the rest
Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders (Numbers 13:2 NIV).
God sends us to explore only those things that He has already given to us. That means that even though it is not in our hands now, He has already decided to give it to you. It becomes a reality when we … Read the rest
She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs (Joshua 15:19 NIV).
God has given us all a measure of talents and wisdom and ability. They are like the field that Acsah got, while she was given in marriage to Othniel, as an inheritance. So the fields here … Read the rest
Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the Lord has given them? (Numbers 32:7 NIV).
Nearly every believer goes through discouragement at one time or the other. It can happen due to a variety of reasons. One of them is dealt with here. The cause of this kind of discouragement is fellow believers themselves. It may sound surprising but it is found true in the … Read the rest
Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them (Numbers 25:11 NIV).
Four things emerge from this incident. The most important thing is that God is zealous for His honor. He cannot allow us to … Read the rest