Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Our Daily Bread…
Every once in a while I read a scripture that knocks me off my feet driving me to my knees. The following scripture is one of those scriptures. “O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” (Proverbs 30:7–9, NLT)
While this may not be true of everyone there are times in some of us when the storms and difficulties have a tendency as time goes on to blind us to God’s outstretched hand. In all honesty I am one of those people. While I am always able to sense God’s love for me lately I have been unable to see his outstretched hand of blessing. I know that may not sound possible but I remind you of, “Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”” (1 Kings 19:3–4, NLT)
One of the greatest mysteries for me is how we can know of a scripture and yet not have intimacy with the scripture. For example one of the most familiar verses to me is, “Give us today our daily bread,” (Matthew 6:11, LEB) and yet it wasn’t until this morning when I read Proverbs 30:8, “…Give me just enough to satisfy my needs,” that it impacted and changed my life.
In retrospect I am left wondering why it has taken the Holy Spirit to bring God’s outstretched hand of blessing to light. But then I suspect the difficulty cannot be attributed to the Holy Spirit but to me. And like yesterday Isaiah chapter 55 comes alive once more, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9, NLT)
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NLT) I believe it is possible not only for us to learn from ourselves but also each other as well. Because life is a never ending classroom it is my prayer that together the Holy Spirit will help us learn from each other. That’s one of reasons I tell on myself from time-to-time.
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
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