Contrary to Popular Belief Our Redemption Has a Purpose

There’s a lot of inconsistency in the world. Like how I can fit into a specific size of jeans at one store, but am two sizes up at the next. Or how strawberries are delicious one week and terrible the next. Or how I can be roasting at Monday’s baseball game and donning my parka the next. Or how insurance will pay one bill but not the next. Or how my children are best friends one day and enemies the next. (You get the idea.)

Devotional Scripture: Exodus 9:1-12
Key Verse: “And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:15

Yet other times, life is so consistent you can close your eyes and jump with both feet and have no fear of the landing, because you know the Chick-fil-a drive through will still have a line wrapped all the way around the building. The ­­­­­shortest distance between two points will still be a straight line. The baby will always cry the moment your hot breakfast is ready. And someone will inevitably need to pooh, when it’s time to leave for church.

You can count on it my friend, just as you can always count on it to rain after spending nine dollars on a car wash.

Honestly though, it makes me feel cozy. Confident even, having consistency in my life. Driving past the same potholes, on my way to the same stores, for the same foods. Getting up at the same time (relatively speaking) every day to talk to the same God who walked with Adam and Eve.

Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes change is good. There’s just something about rearranging the family room furniture that puts a skip in my step. But God knew we’d feel safe in consistency, just as our kids do. And He knew, with our inquiring minds, it’d be the least confusing route.

So, sin is still sin. Life lived apart from the Creator is still miserable. God is still the same he was an eternity ago. We are still saved by grace through faith, the same way Abraham was. And for the same purpose, to serve God.

Six times the LORD commanded Pharaoh, “Let my people go, that they may serve me” (9:1). Though each plague was uniquely different, God’s purpose remained the same. Whether it was frogs or flies or the death of “livestock that are in the field, the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks” (v. 3), as we see in the fifth plague. Or “boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt” (v. 9), as we see in the sixth plague. It was all for the same purpose – so the Israelite’s would be freed to serve God.

But what struck me is not God’s consistency, because we’ve already established He’s good at that. What struck me is that God had a purpose. He wasn’t freeing the Israelite’s from bondage so they could go and live however they wanted to. Deciding for themselves what was right and wrong. What felt good and what didn’t. He was freeing them so they could serve Him!

Their redemption had purpose, and likewise, not surprisingly, so does ours. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says, “And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

Christ gave his life as a ransom not so we could say, “Hey thanks buddy” and then run off and live however we want. He redeemed us so we could be His. A people for his own possession, ready and willing to serve him (Titus 2:14).

Accordingly, Romans 6:22 says we’ve been freed from the slavery of sin to be slaves of God.  Not redeemed unto ourselves, but redeemed unto God. We are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Indebted to God forever for the free to us (not free to Him) gift of eternal life we serve, to the best of our ability, wholly and fully devoted to Him. (At least that’s the goal, though I frequently get in my own way.)

Yet for fear of legalism, or teaching a works based salvation, purpose often gets set aside. Burying it under a beautiful pile of grace, we tend to flash our eternal security badge more often than we display our gold engraved name plate, exhibiting our position in God’s kingdom.

But it’s for the very purpose of service we’ve been redeemed! “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). Not saved by our works (Eph. 2:8), but saved unto works, in order “that we may bear fruit for God” (Rom. 7:4).

Not by living according to the law, but by living according to the Spirit. That they, a world in desperate need of a Savior, may see Him in us and seek the message of reconciliation we bear witness to. Thereby, fulfilling our purpose.

I see it as a clever tactic of Satan to make us so fearful of preaching a message of works, that in the end, we preach no works at all. But God’s standards haven’t changed. Obedience is still at the forefront of his agenda.

We aren’t saved because we serve, we serve because we’re saved. With gratitude and grace paving the way because grace isn’t a license to sin, but is in fact the core reason not to.

With the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God didn’t change the purpose, he simply fulfilled the promise. Just as he did in Israel, granting life and liberty and the ability to serve Him.

He still expects obedience, just as he did with the Israelite’s. He still honors loyalty, just as he did with the Israelite’s. He’s the same consistent God. A God who’s set His people free, so they can freely serve Him.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
What purpose is there in your salvation?
What good works has God specifically assigned to you, that others may see and glorify your Father in Heaven?
How can you give glory to God today?

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When It’s NOT OK to Compromise

As a farmer’s wife who built a house in the middle of a field, close enough to our hog barns it’s convenient to spread manure on, I have certain – how shall I say this – privileges, not everyone gets to experience. Like flies. Thousands upon thousands of flies in the heat of July, covering my lovely abode, like a bunch of sugar crazed elementary kids out for recess.

Devotional Scripture: Exodus 8:20-32
Key Verse: “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

Dare to open the front door and recess just moved inside. The problem is when four children live in your home, you might as well take off the hinges and call it indoor/outdoor living because let’s be honest, kids don’t know how to close doors.

Anyway, with his otherwise even keeled wife (at least that’s how I like to think of myself), about to hop tractors over to the funny farm, my man did what every good husband would do: he googled it. Wherein he was told this fly bag, filled with decaying chicken scraps or spoiled milk, would trap them all. Of course we bought one.

The smell was horrid but praise be to Jesus, it worked. There were still flies, mind you, but we could once again walk outside without being attacked. (Though I still yelled kindly asked my little lovies to CLOSE THE DOOR whenever they went outside.)

The poor Egyptians however had no Google, no Amazon Prime, and no fly bags. (Sheesh, life must have been rough.) So when God sent swarms and swarms of flies to cover their land and houses and food and bodies and everything they owned – I can only imagine, it was crazy town.

Except in the land of Goshen, the part of Egypt the Israelite’s called home. There, not a fly buzzed, not a woman swatted, not a speck of land was ruined, because God protected Israel from the devastating effects of the fourth plague. Declaring it the first ever “no-fly zone” (literally) so that Pharaoh would know He is the LORD. And consequently, so would Israel and Egypt alike.

Because in every other part of the country the land was ruined (v. 24). Devoured by swarms of ruthless flies (Psalm 78:45), yet Goshen miraculously remained untouched.

This truth ruffling Pharaoh’s headdress enough he alas yielded, a little. “Go sacrifice to your God within the land” (v. 25).

Not a bad concession for a guy like Pharaoh. In fact, many would have chalked it up as a win for Moses and Aaron. (Come on guys, just take the deal.) But without hesitation, Moses declined. Telling Pharaoh, no way, no how was that going to work. “The Egyptians will stone us for having a nationwide BBQ right in front of their fly eaten faces.” (My paraphrase.)

Probably true. But the real reason Moses said no isn’t for fear of the Egyptians, but for fear of God.  The LORD’s instruction was clear, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness” (Ex. 7:16). Not in bondage, but in freedom.

Egypt’s deliverance a picture of our salvation, it wasn’t going to work to stay in Egypt to worship God. “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2). Made new in Christ, we’re free. He doesn’t lead us half way out of bondage and then tell us “That’s good enough.” No, He takes a repentant sinner all the way to victory, every single time.

The problem is, we tend to compromise. The problem is, us. Given the freedom to make choices we walk right back into Egypt. Right back into the place we’ve been comfortable in for so many years. Because it’s easier. (No one ever said living apart from the world was going to be easy.) Because it looks more fun. Because otherwise we might be labeled one of those fanatical Christians.

Or maybe because we don’t believe we’re actually free. Lured by Satan’s compromises we take the deal. We worship, but we stay in Egypt. Holding onto this habit or that one because we couldn’t really give it up. Making little allowances here and there. Going to church but carefully blending in the rest of the week. Believing the lie, we can be buddies with the world and with Jesus all at the same time, a win-win for everyone. (cf. James 4:4)

But like Moses, no way, no how, can we take the deal. It’s not what God intended. It’s not what’s He’s commanded. He’s instructed wholehearted obedience. “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). I know not totally possible while still in the flesh, but we’re to give it a go nonetheless.

He’s instructed us to be set apart. To be in the world but not of the world. No longer conformed, but transformed by the renewal of our minds (Rom. 12:2). Abhorring what is evil and holding fast to what is good (Rom. 12:9).

But it’s not going to happen unless we decide we’re all in. Freed from sin and death and not going back. No matter how good the deal might sound, we’re not taking it. We won’t compromise, not when it comes to God’s word. Though we know the devil will try.

As he did with Eve (And we know what happened there.) As he did with Jesus. (And we know what happened there!) And as he will do again, offering the bait of compromise over and over.

Accordingly, this is the first of three compromises offered by Pharaoh (Satan doesn’t give up easily.) The second came at the threat of locusts. Urged by his servants to “let them go already!” Pharaoh says OK fine the Israelite’s can go, but no taking the women and children! Only the men can go and sacrifice to the LORD.

Knowing he’s in a losing battle, ever seen Satan try that one? Keep us too busy, keep us distracted, keep us entertained long enough to leave our kids behind. To not teach them the ways of the LORD. Or not include them for one reason or another in the ministry we’re involved with. Maybe it’s to protect them. Or maybe like me, it’s because we’re just too tired. So they miss out at seeing the hand of God at work. They miss out on answered prayer. And then what? They grow up and walk away from Jesus.

The third suggested compromise came with the ninth plague. Pharaoh conceded that the entire family could go, as long as the herds and flocks stay behind. A bit of a problem if they were to fulfill the required sacrifices.

We see this one daily too. Don’t give God your time. Don’t give God your talents. Don’t give God your best. Those are for you to enjoy. Besides, it’s too much effort and you deserve the proceeds, not Him. (I’ve certainly been tempted, you?)

But when it came to God’s instructions Moses was nonnegotiable. And the result? A work of God in his life so marvelous it took his breath away. My friend, compromising isn’t worth it. It may look good. It may even look like a win-win, but decide today, right now, you won’t take the deal. Because when it comes to the word of God, victory is never found halfway.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
In what areas are you compromising with God’s word? Have you taken any deals?
How can you experience victory today?

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When Idols Don’t Make Sense Anymore

I won’t put myself above the rest. If I’d been an Israelite at the time of the Exodus, there’s a good chance I’d have purchased a few Egyptian gods for my shelf. As there were plenty to choose from. Perhaps eighty or so, with a few more popular than the others. Like Hapi, god of the flood. Khnum, guard of the Nile. Osiris, god of the underworld.

Devotional Scripture: Exodus 7:14-25
Key Verse: “To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him.” Deuteronomy 4:35

Then there was Hathor the goddess of love, represented as a cow. (Interesting choice in my opinion.) Heqt, the god who helped with childbirth, represented by a frog. (Hmmm…) And Amon-Re, the sun god, a favorite of many in Egypt’s hot sunny climate.

But seeing as Israel had been enslaved for hundreds of years, with heavy burdens, and no sign of the LORD’s favor. Yet Egyptians were living the high life, prosperous and successful, why not try out a few of their gods? Maybe there was something to it. Couldn’t hurt, right?

This the mindset of an Egyptian influenced Israel, God had some work to do. But he was up for the challenge. Bringing a one-two punch with just the first plague by turning the Nile to blood. Their life source and greatest asset, the Nile offered not only food and transportation, but fertile ground, and need I say it, water.

The only reason the first plague didn’t destroy Egypt is because God lifted his hand after seven days. But it sure would have rocked their world. The equivalent is us going to the gas station only to realize we’d just pumped 20 gallons of blood into our mini vans. I can hardly fathom the crippling effect, but let’s try.

First, we’d be walking home AND staying there. Second, no tractors could run. Trucks would be unable to make deliveries. Crops would rot in the fields. Grocery store shelves would go empty. (You get the idea.) But then imagine you get the smart idea of siphoning the gas out of your lawn mower only to realize it too had been turned to blood.

I’m picturing some very confused mamas the morning of the first plague. Because it wasn’t just the Nile that reeked of blood. It was every bit of water in the land. Canals, ponds, pools, and even the vessels of wood and stone at home on the counter. (I know they probably didn’t have counters – just go with me here.) Up early to make pancakes and want does mom find? Blood.

How much do you want to bet kids all over Egypt got in trouble that morning for filling their mother’s pots with blood? “But mom, I promise I didn’t do it!” (Evidence this was a miraculous event and not just from natural causes like red silting of the Nile.)

Realizing the catastrophe at hand, Egypt would have turned to their Nile associated gods. And seeing as the Nile was so loved and adored, there were lots! Yet all of them were rendered powerless by one simple act of God because while Pharaoh’s magicians had no trouble mimicking the sign, they were not able to undo it.

The people were stuck. No matter how long or hard they called on their so-called gods, the water remained contaminated. It’s believed that Egypt’s priests daily washed their idols with water. Yet for seven days, there only choice was to wash them with blood.

The LORD was sending a loud and clear message to Israel and Egypt alike, that He alone is God and there is no other. To believe in the power of idols. To set your hope in something made of stone or wood, carved by human hands, with no power to save, no life, was to set your hope on death. Blood.

Yet to hope in the LORD God, to worship Him, is to hope in the One who made, sustains, and holds life. Is it any wonder then that God’s initial display of sovereignty in Egypt, a land full of idols, was to turn water to blood? While Jesus’ initial display of sovereignty in Israel, a land He filled with his awesome presence, was to turn water to wine!

In Christ, there is life in abundance. In anything else, there is death.

Yet did they understand? Did they take the warning to heart? We know Pharaoh didn’t. Did Egypt? By the end, with nothing left to their name, bearing the loss of their firstborn, I’m sure there were some. But what of Israel? Did it sink in that God was God and there was no other?

In Deuteronomy 4 toward the end of their 40-year hiatus in the wilderness, Moses urged Israel to remember how blessed there were because of what they’d seen and heard and experienced saying, “Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders…all of which the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him” (v. 34-35).

To you it was shown Israel that you might know there is none besides HIM. The blood, the frogs, the gnats, the flies, the livestock, the boils, the hail, locusts, and darkness. And then the Passover. The riches of Egypt in their possession. The cloud by day the fire by night. God’s presence ever with them. Guiding them. Protecting them. Providing for them.

It should have been more than enough. Yet God’s made himself evident to us as well but has it been enough for us to turn from our idols? (It’s getting personal now.) The money we cling to. The dreams we worship. The people we idolize. The stuff we covet. The television we mediate on.

Still top priority, after all God’s done for us…

The cross. The tomb. The resurrection. The redemption. The gift of God. The adoption as sons and daughters. The inheritance. The hope. The Helper. The promise of His presence forever. “The riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph. 1:7b-10).

But is it enough for us to know and believe the LORD is God and there is no other? To leave our idols behind? To seek His glory? To seek His face? (Yes, it’s more than enough.)

God did wonders in Egypt that they might know. And God’s done wonders in us that we might too. So let’s set the other stuff aside. Let’s leave it where it belongs – in His hands, for His purposes. And let’s raise our hands to Jesus. Who proved himself worthy long ago by redeeming Israel and then proved it again by redeeming us.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
How did God prove himself to Israel? How has God proved himself to us? How has God proved himself to you personally? Are there idols you need to set aside, things you’ve allowed on the shelf just in case God falls through? Ask the LORD and seek to set them aside, because it’s He alone who is God.

When We’re Called to Let Go

He had it all. Every comfort you could imagine. The best of Egypt at his fingertips. The latest technology, the fastest chariots, the choicest of fruits, servants, wealth, prestige, power, fame. He said it and it was done. He asked for it and it was delivered.

Devotional Scripture: Acts 7:17-29; Hebrews 11:23-27
Key Verse: “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” Hebrews 11:26

401 Easy Street, is where Moses resided. In the shimmering, cool, palace of an elite world power. Adopted as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter it’s even possible he was next in line for the throne.

Yet Hebrews 11:24 tells us he refused it. He “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Heb. 11:24-25). Considering “the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward” (Heb. 11:26).

Counting the luxuries he’d been handed as nothing, he exchanged the palace for a tent, riches for a relationship, honor for dishonor, affluence for affliction, ample amenities for very few, the royal robes of Egypt for a shepherd’s coat

Would you have done it? Would you have left the lap of luxury for a seat at the commoner’s table? I don’t know if I would have. In all honesty, I’ve stumbled through the text this week for fear of what lies on the other side. What sacrifice I might be called to make.

Because the truth is, I like my comforts and conveniences. Don’t you? Nestled amid the amenities of the palace I know the conversation I would have been having with Jesus. “LORD, please, can’t I just serve you from here? I have money for the poor. I have power. I have influence. I’ll use them for your glory. I promise.” There’s no doubt in my mind I would have hung on.

But Moses didn’t. Considering the reward much greater than the cost, he gave it all up. And he did so by faith. (Hebrews 11:24 – The same way we’re to do it.) Taught by his parents, grandparents, siblings, or maybe God himself, Moses took God at his word and believed it.

You know who else exchanged affluence for affliction? Jesus. “Who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil 2:6-7).

Humbling himself he exchanged the throne for a stable, the royal robes of heaven for some simple swaddling, the brilliance of glory for no form of majesty, the table of heaven for a seat with commoners, the praise of angels for the rejection of men, a crown of splendor for that of thorns, fellowship with God for the wrath of sin. Obedient to the point of death, that we might live.

How’d he do it? Much the same as Moses. He looked ahead. He looked to God. He looked to heaven. Enduring the cross “for the joy that was set before him” (Heb. 12:2).

Handing the hope of heaven to us who can’t get there. Weaving grace into the fabric of human hearts. Offering peace and reconciliation to a people apart from God. Giving us who come with nothing of eternal value, every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph. 1:3) And an inheritance we can’t even fathom.

“But as it is written in the Scriptures: “No one has ever seen this. No one has ever heard about it. No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (Is. 64:4, ICB).

It’s too great. Too wonderful for us to wrap around. Take beauty and go a step further. Take marvelous and magnify it. Take superb and marry it to delightful and you’ve got a small piece of our future in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, we can let go. We can sacrifice. Whether it simply be time or money or the life we thought we wanted. The way we thought things would be. The dream we felt sure we needed. The career. The plan. Or the life of ease and convenience we’ve grown comfortable in.

We can humble ourselves. We can be obedient to the call of God, even if it means running in a direction the world never would. Keeping before us the reproach of Christ, because the reward is far greater than the cost. The Savior far greater than the sacrifice.

Moses gave up much to gain more. And because of his willingness he experienced an intimacy with Christ so spectacular his face radiated with God’s glory. (I want that.)

But it took time. And a path he never expected. Are you willing? If and when God calls us to let go, let’s do so in faith my friend, for the riches of our King are far greater than that of this kingdom. And the surpassing worth of experiencing Christ a treasure like none other.

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil. 3:7).

In obedience we gain immeasurably more than we could ever lose. Be faithful my friend, be faithful.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
Have you been busy counting the cost or the reward? I often get caught up in the cost. What is God calling you to let go of today? Are you willing?


Claiming the Promises

Devo Scripture: Genesis 12:10-20
Key Verse: “The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.” Ps. 37:18-19

I don’t think Abram expected it. A famine that is. I wouldn’t have. “Lord you brought me all this way for a famine? Really? I don’t understand. Why? Why are you allowing this?”

These…all things I could hear myself saying. Or maybe I should just admit…all things I have said. We pray. We seek God. We sense his leading. We take a step of faith. And then…a famine. Something so completely unexpected. Something so hard it makes us question if we really did the right thing. And maybe we didn’t. Maybe we stepped out of God’s will to serve our own purpose or pleasure. Yet other times…other times we can be sure, we’re right where he wants us. Right smack dab in the middle of a famine.

So that HE can show himself faithful. So tremendously faithful to every promise. To every single soul who reverently fears his wonderfully holy name. This is why the famines come. This is why the hard things happen. The unexpected things. So we will know him as faithful. Faithful to his promises. The promises we so seldom claim.

I am convinced if Abram had sought God for his needs Genesis 12 would have contained a story of God’s miraculous provision. I am convinced if Abram had claimed the promises of God he would have been a strong tower; a testament to God’s goodness; a refuge for many, in a dry and desolate land. I am convinced God would have blessed him for his faith.

Instead Abram fled to Egypt. He took matters into his own hands. (Something I am guilty of more often than I care to admit.) He lied out of fear for his life. (Fear being the opposite of faith. Fear being that which strangles our faith.) And got himself into a serious predicament.

Sarai was indeed his half sister (Gen. 20:12). So to protect himself (for it was apparently not uncommon to kill a man for his wife) he commanded of Sarai from the moment they entered Canaan “This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me. He is my brother” (Gen. 20:13). Then instead of killing him they would negotiate with him, giving him time to formulate a plan of escape from any would be suitors. (Unless of course the suitor ends up being the king of Egypt.)

Off she was taken…to the palace. At 65 years of age Sarai must have been quite the looker! I cannot even comprehend the anguish of Abram’s heart. He knew there would be no negotiating with Pharaoh. What had he done? I’m sure with every sheep, every oxen, every donkey, every servant delivered to his doorstep the guilt festered deeper within. Thank goodness he knew a God faithful to his promises. Did Abram pray? It doesn’t say. But when he walked out of Egypt with his wife and all that he had acquired, no doubt he knew who had delivered him. Pharaoh should have killed him. Abram jeopardize his entire household. And caused him much suffering. Yet he was alive and free and blessed with many riches. (Grace…God’s abundant grace)

But he missed it. He missed the opportunity to showcase God’s faithfulness to the world. His goodness to those who revere him. Did Abram get off scotch free? No. It was only a matter of time before the Egyptian servant Hagar, whom they likely acquired on this trip, would cause him severe grief. How different things might have been if Abram had simply claimed the promises and remained in the land of Canaan. I’m not saying it would have been easy. I’m not saying he wouldn’t have endured great loss. But God is faithful to his promises. Even in the days of famine…God is always faithful.

A truth we must harbor deep within our souls. Don’t be fooled by the heaping piles of food on the table. Right now, today, we’re smack dab in the middle of a great famine…a great spiritual famine. And I’ll be first in line to admit…I have concerns. I have fears. I have doubts but I know whom I have believed in. “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deut. 7:9).

Let’s prove to the world he is faithful by remaining strong and steadfast, deeply rooted, in this dry and desolate land. Even if our fears are legitimate. He is faithful. Do you believe him? Great are the promises we have to claim!

Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.” Prov. 13:13

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19

The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.” Ps. 37:18-19

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” Ps. 37:23-24

The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” Ps. 37:40

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” Ps. 103:17-19

Great are the promises for those who remain steadfast in the famine. Who keep the commandments of the LORD. Instead of compromising. Instead of taking matters into our own hands. Let’s wait for the LORD. Let’s not miss the opportunity. That the whole world may know…he who promised is faithful.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
What promise are you claiming today?
Are you a testament to God’s goodness in this dry and weary land? How so?image