Friday, October 9, 2015

TODAY'S DAILY...when God asks "What are you doing here?"

Filling out an application can be overwhelming. Take a new job opportunity: an array of emotions go into applying; from excitement of a new opportunity to satisfaction that someone recognizes your value to concern that you are making the right decision.

I suppose Elijah understood this feeling. I doubt he was applying to be the new village clerk, but according to the Scriptures, Elijah was afraid and was found by God hidden away in a cave. (Read it in 1 Kings 19)

God asked Elijah a very important question...

"What are you doing here, Elijah?" -God (1 Kings 19:9b)

God was not asking the question to find the answer. As we all know that God is all-knowing, however, He asked Elijah this question so Elijah would know the answer.

Sometimes questions are asked of us, like in an interview, to give us clarity and understanding. God may be asking you a simple question today, "What are you doing here?"

Take time today to reassess where you are in your walk with God and where He needs you to be. It may be time to change direction.

I'm not talking about changing jobs today, I'm talking about searching for His divine clarity in your life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TODAY'S DAILY...don't be so discouraged.

Today I want to speak to the one who feels discouraged or spinning in a sphere of doubt.
There are many things (and people) that will cast doubt upon you. I would dare say that many spiritual people have their days of doubt.

Moses did. Don't you think he got fed up with the constant whining of the Israelite children?

Elijah did. He got so overwhelmed after hearing that Jezebel wanted him dead that he told God, "take my life."

Jeremiah did. The constant ridicule for giving God's Word caused him to want to stop speaking about It!

"And the Lord is the One Who goes ahead of you, He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed." -Deuteronomy 31:8

You see, my friend, you are not the only who has ever faced doubt or frustration of why God isn't working in a certain way.

But like all these great Bible heroes; stay on course, keep doing what you are doing and trust God. We can't always see the full picture like He can.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Looking at the cycle of life thru a leaf

There is no better season than Fall to me. It’s the beginning of all of the Holidays that I love; the smells of soup cooking on the stove and the sound of rustling leaves in the yard.

I was looking outside this morning and thinking about the beauty of Fall. I began to ponder about the change that autumn brings and it dawned on me that ONLY GOD could design something that is dying to be so beautiful.

Think about this: in the spring, the leaf begins budding with new life, and then it grows into a full leaf. Summer comes along and as it comes to an end, the colors turn a brilliant red, orange and yellow, giving us a vibrant show to watch right before they fall to the ground, where it then becomes nutrients for the tree to produce more beautiful leaves next year.

It’s the cycle of life. Not only for a leaf but for children of God. Each of us have just a short season on earth, but while here we have a specific purpose. Even when we don’t realize it, God turns some of our most difficult journeys into something beautiful. His colors of life, hope and love can be seen by many as we press in and serve Him, no matter the cost. When our final days are at hand, looking back we see what a wonderful season of serving God has been and as we fall and bow at the throne of God, those left behind who have watched us grow and live out Gods purpose now have strength and hope for what is yet to come for their own lives.
“The unfolding of Your Words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” -Psalm 119:130
The cycle of life is simple; we are born, we grow, we die. The beauty comes from what we choose to do with our seasons. ONLY GOD can make something so beautiful out of nothing.

You gotta love and appreciate the change of seasons, the cycle of life.