Psalms 31:15 reminds us, “My times are in thy hand:” Our calendar is not like God’s calendar. These Divine Delays are all a part of God’s plan to do a work that we cannot do on our own. But that’s easy to say and hard to live through.
The fear of going without can drive any man to doubt God’s purpose for his life, but we must remember that God’s greatest resource is...nothing. When we have come to the end of ourselves, we have opened the door for God to do His greatest work. Running on empty is not always pleasant or fun, but it is necessary to live a life of biblical manhood.
In every building project there is some type of blueprint. Whether that blueprint is on a brown paper sack or a huge scroll that meets the codes’ guidelines, there is always an idea behind what is going to be built. In Genesis 11, we find a people laying out the plans for a rather noteworthy project.
“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.” The greatest way to impact the future of a nation is to reach another generation of children. More than ever, we need people with a passion to reach and teach children for Christ!
Man prides himself in what he builds. It is his trophy on the shelf, a staple of hard work and dedication. Soft hands and fishy handshakes are not welcomed to the builder of great things. His tools are his closest friends and his materials are common companions, but at the end of the day his greatest joy is found in his product. He is proud of his work, and his labor merits a good night’s rest.
Tying shoe laces is a daunting task for a child. While making up tunes about bunny ears and walking around trees, parents do all they can to expedite the learning curve, but their patience is tried nonetheless. So why do you tie your shoes?
I often hear it said, “They are good people.” This is a subjective statement, of course, because it is filtered by the person’s standard of goodness. We know from Scripture that “there is none that doeth good” (Romans 3:12). The Apostle Paul, by any measurement, a good man, testified, “In me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18).
Have you noticed? Everyone is looking at their mobile device…constantly! In the grocery store. Around the dinner table. Driving down the road. Walking through town. Consumed with a digital world, we are no longer conscious of the world God placed us in. Concerned about connections and messages we are losing real relationships with those who are closest to us on earth. We have added so much information and interaction to life – have we stopped to consider what we may be losing? While we are looking at our phones…
In the last article, we discovered how Abel began his legacy of obedience by giving God his very best. Leftovers and invaluables would not do, for Abel wished to worship God in spirit and truth and was willing to sacrifice his greatest gifts. Such obedience would be marked on the pages of Holy Scripture, and … Continue reading Abel: Can God Testify For You?
Who likes staying at home? With the pandemic of the Coronavirus putting restrictions on travel, churches, business meetings etc, it has definitely prohibited us from our fast-paced American schedule. Many of us have been forced to spend some extra time at home. While that may be frustrating to many, I for one am grateful. I … Continue reading The Upside of Downtime