They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the point of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.” … Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives (2 Kings 19:3, 4z NIV).
This is a lesson about prayer. There comes times in life when some difficulty occurs in the fulfillment of something … Read the rest
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion (Psalm 84:5–7 NIV).
The Psalmist talks about the blessedness of those who dwell in God’s house in the beginning … Read the rest
“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
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
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–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 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
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 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
“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