June 28, 2022
Our limited thoughts about God are our most debilitating condition. What we believe about Him determines everything about us: what we think, how we respond, and what we will accomplish in life. It even determines what we believe about ourselves, for we were made in His image. To think less of Him is to dramatically decrease our understanding of our own potential.
A STRATEGIC ERROR
The Arameans had come to fight against Israel and had been routed. It was humiliating and they decided to try again. Their reasoning was summed up in one foolish statement.
Now the servants of the king of Aram said to him, “Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.” (1 Kings 20:23)
God heard this challenge to His power (as He always does) and He decided to show them exactly who He was: the God-of-Everywhere-and-Everything.
Then a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because the Arameans have said, “The Lord is a God of the mountains, but He is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’” (1 Kings 20:28)
True to His Word, God miraculously defeated the Arameans with a small band of Israelites. His purpose was to illustrate to both Arameans and Israelites His sovereignty over all. God will not be mocked and when needed, He will illustrate His limitless power.
WHAT GOD DO YOU WORSHIP?
Do you think God can work in one area of your life, but not another? That He is the God of your Sunday mornings, but not of Monday through Saturday? God of your worship, but not of your finances? He can provide for others, but not for you? That He is strong in one area, but weak in another?
If this is your opinion of Him, you will experience only a small portion of God. He is more. He is everywhere. He has all power. He has all knowledge. And He desires for you to trust Him to do “exceedingly abundantly beyond all that you can ask or even think” (Ephesians 3:20). In this way, God is more clearly seen as the magnificent God that He is.
Father, thank You that You are all. More than I can imagine or dream. All-sufficient for everything in life and death and eternity. You are the Lord of the big and the small in my life; the overwhelming and the trivial. Thank You that You long to manifest Yourself on behalf of Your children for our good and Your glory. Deliver me from a small view and a weak faith. Expand my understanding so that I can be a vehicle to give the world a right opinion about You!
August 11, 2022
Americans are world-class eaters. Some estimates are that the annual expenditure in the United States for all food is $1.1 trillion. We love to eat and go to extraordinary means to consume what we want. Eating provides the nutrition to live, but it’s also a means of satisfaction on a daily basis.
What we don’t realize is that there is a food group we’re missing that is the source of not only the greatest nutritional value but the highest joy. It’s estimated that less than 10% of Americans eat this food daily, even though it’s readily available.
August 10, 2022
We know whether something is valuable or worthless by comparison. A shiny, new car may look fabulous, but it is worthless if it has no engine. The ugliest car with a working machine is far more valuable for the need.
Everyone follows a god. You can pursue the gods of this world (power, pleasure, possessions) or the Lord God Jehovah. But it’s essential to do a proper evaluation.
August 08, 2022
Last Christmas, our kids gave us a gift called “Storyworth.” Every Monday, Holly and I receive a question about our lives. Apparently, these are collected in a book at the end of the year.
Today’s question was, “What’s your best relational advice?” As I looked at this question for a long time, I knew it was a call to do some needed work on my closest relationships. Multiple thoughts ran through my mind. They were convicting because I have fallen so far short of these truths. But they are true nonetheless.