May 18, 2020
It was a time of drought. We have all experienced that in certain ways—emotional, spiritual, financial—but none of us in America have experienced what Elijah and his people were going through and what others around the world do now in severe droughts. They despaired of their lives. They had, literally, nothing to eat nor drink.
What would you do in that moment? What happened to Elijah, as recorded in 1 Kings 17?
GOD KNEW AND CAME
Elijah did not pray for God’s provision or even cry out. God was previous. He knew the need before Elijah prayed and came to provide for His son.
God told Elijah to "get up and go" to the specific places where He would provide and He commanded His creation to provide for His servant. He gave three commands:
Often in our lives God is providing, but we are not listening nor obeying. And then we wonder why the provision is not there! It very well could be that God has already given provision, but you are not in a position to see the hand of God. Manley Beasley said that "Needs are God's messenger boys telling us that He has an answer." Often God allows needs to come so we will return to Him.
Jesus said that His Father knows our needs before we ask them and that if we would “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” everything we need would be provided for us (Matthew 6).
God is always providing for His children because He is a God of perfect love. In Luke 15 the prodigal ran away and became impoverished, but his father had all the provision He needed waiting for him if he would just repent and return. God is not interesting in withholding from His children, He's interested in coming to us, instructing us, and us responding in faithful obedience to what He instructs.
Father, thank You for Your inexhaustible provision. Thank You that You know my needs and if I will give you access by my obedience You will abundantly provide more than we can ask or even think. Thank You for taking care of me for all of my life. And thank You that You will provide my daily bread in the future.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.