Devotional – Dark Hide and Seek

Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

After I put dinner in the oven today I played hide and seek with my kids. In the dark. With flashlights. It was a blast. Then this verse from Jeremiah was featured in my devotional reading tonight. Searching for the Lord with all my heart was easy to picture given the earnest game I’d just played. The squeals of delight from my children when they located each other were instantly in my mind as I read about seeking the Lord. Continue reading

Devotional – Comfort

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (KJV)

“I will come to you.” What a promise. In this verse Jesus is not saying to seek God out when we need comfort. When we’re lost, confused and hurting He isn’t waiting for us to get around to asking for help. He will simply respond to the cry of our aching hearts. God will come to us. He is the instigator of the contact. The Lord of Heaven and Earth will be right where we need Him. In the moments of agony and pain. He is there.

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Devotional – Secrets in Public

John 7:4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.

What a great verse. So incredibly appropriate for me today. Somehow, I mixed up my daily readings and did today’s devotional yesterday. So, I’m doing what should have been yesterday’s today. But God knew I needed this exact verse this morning. It’s always amazing to me when I see so clearly that the Lord is showing me something. When He meets me right where I’m at and opens His word to me.

This premise is pretty basic. If you are willing to be openly known, you won’t be doing things secretly. Another translation talks about being a public figure and having secrets. You only need to look at Tiger Woods to know how that turns out. Continue reading

Devotional – Four Days

John 11:5-6 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.

What an odd way to show love. Isaiah 55:8-9 says that God’s ways are not like ours. These two little verses in John certainly demonstrate that. It’s pretty clear here that although Jesus loved this family, He knew the end from the beginning and needed to wait it out those forty-eight hours. He delayed. Stayed put. Let things take their course. During those two days, His friend died. Lazarus’s sisters mourned, felt pain and loss. Probably wondered why the Lord didn’t respond to their message. Questioned if Jesus really cared for them as they previously thought. I know I would. Jesus didn’t show up in their town until His friend had been dead 4 days. That’s a long time. Continue reading

Devotional – A Different Kind of Present

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.

There are times when it seems like God is not there. Days that stretch into weeks of wondering why He doesn’t seem to be fixing it. Making it better. I struggle in the helplessness I feel when facing a problem that is obviously too big. Too complicated. Too hard. I forget that I’m not the one who’s supposed to conquer my troubles. Continue reading

Devotional – Distinguish Discernment

1 Kings 3:7-9 “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

Seems to me that Solomon was a pretty wise dude. For starters, he recognized his own inability to accomplish the duties he’d been given. Not only that, but he knew where he needed to go for help. His humble request for assistance wasn’t a bigger budget or more discretionary spending. Not a larger kingdom, health or long life. He asked to have a discerning heart. The ability to tell right from wrong. Yeah. Smart dude. Continue reading

Devotional – My Squirt Little Brother

1 Samuel 17:8 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

One of the most well-known stories in the Bible, the tale of David and Goliath was one of my favorites as a child. To this day I love the trust David displays in the Lord. The unwavering knowledge that since God was with him, nothing could destroy him. He went out to battle ready to face what none other would because he knew firsthand the faithfulness of God. And didn’t doubt Him for a second. What I have never caught before in reading this chapter in 1 Samuel is the reaction of David’s brother. The anger and snide remarks seem to betray loathing for David’s faith in the Lord. Or maybe Eliab’s history with David made him unable to see the mighty call God had on his brother’s life. He took David’s sureness of the Lord’s might as bravado, conceit and wickedness. I wonder how often my familiarity with people in my life taints my view of them. Instead of seeing them as God does, I judge them based on past experiences. Continue reading