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Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Can you trust God apart from tangible blessings? Can you keep believing when the answer doesn’t come . . . at least in your timing? Can you continue to place your confidence in God when the answer is “No” to something that you’ve yearned for? Can your faith withstand disappointment and loss? Will you depend on God, not because of your circumstances, but in spite of them?

Those are the questions with which Habakkuk struggled. In his message to God, Habakkuk made it clear that he did not like what was going on in his life. And he really did not like God’s plan to deal with the stuff going on in his life. We are a lot like Habakkuk, aren’t we? We have expectations as to what should and shouldn’t happen . . . how God should and shouldn’t work. But in his conversation with God, Habakkuk came to the sober and worshipful conclusion that we read in today’s passage.

Can I rejoice in the midst of unmet expectations? Can I be joyful carrying around unfulfilled dreams? Can I sing the doxology when my job is eliminated? Can I quote praise passages when the sickness lingers? Can I delight in God when yet another burden is piled on my heavy heart? Habakkuk teaches me that true joy in “God my Savior” is independent of my current issues. I can praise God even when I stand before fruitless trees, failed crops, and empty stalls.

Father, it is not easy to thank You, let alone praise You, when the trees of my life are fruitless, when the crops of my life have failed, and when the stalls of my life are empty. But help me come to Habakkuk’s conclusion. Help me experience true joy that comes from You, despite my circumstances. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Lord’s Prayer

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Exodus 14:14

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

The twins of fear and doubt roll in like thirty-foot waves and crash onto the shore of our souls. They produce anxiety that leads to more fear and “what if” questions

that lead to doubt.

Fresh from being delivered out of slavery, the Israelites were caught between the powerful Egyptians and the Red Sea. No wonder they were terrified and cried out, “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert.” But Moses calmed them, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today . . . The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” You know the rest of the story.

So here they come rolling in . . . the waves of fear and doubt . . . caused by sickness, job loss, a relationship break-up, illness of a loved one, discouragement, death. You can’t stand up under the force of the crashing waves. But you don’t have to. The Lord will absorb the powerful force for you. You need only to be still.

Lord, I want to stand firm, but there are times when fear takes over. I want to live with faith, but there are times when doubt bursts through the doors of my heart. Oh, Father, help me to be still and watch you fight the battle for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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What Difference Does It Make?

Luke 9:37-40

The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”

While Jesus was being transfigured on the mountain with Peter, James and John, the other disciples were engaged in ministry…kind of. A man brought his only child to them to be cured of demon possession. But the disciples were unable to heal the boy.

When Jesus came down from the mountain, the boy’s father told Him what had happened. The disciples couldn’t drive out the demon, so now he begged Jesus to perform the miracle. And, much to the amazement of everyone watching, Jesus healed the boy.

Many times in our lives, we try to carry on without Jesus. We do our own thing, do ministry our own way. We determine that we really don’t need Jesus; we like being in control. Then the extraordinary is needed. Sickness hits, the job goes away, a dream is put to death. Like the demon-possessed boy, we are thrown to the ground by our circumstances. No one can help us…except Jesus. We are helpless without Him. With Him, there is no end to what can be accomplished.

Lord Jesus, forgive me for trying to do Your work without You. Forgive me for trying (and failing) in my own power. Thank You for this reminder from Scripture that my work on earth is futile without You by my side. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 

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Under Attack: Insecurity

Matthew 9:20-22

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

She reached out. Her condition had left her shunned. Anyone who came into contact with her would be deemed ceremonially unclean. Everyone stayed away, refusing to touch her. But she came up behind Jesus just to touch Him.

She reached out. A religious leader’s daughter had died and Jesus was on His way to heal her. This unclean woman touched the edge of His robe. Her great faith gave her the confidence that such a simple act would change her life. And it did.

She reached out. An act of faith. A confidence in the power of Jesus. A simple trust, void of ceremonial ritual. A desire to touch Jesus. And when she reached out, everything changed. The sickness was gone. Shunned no more, she was healed, restored and whole…because she reached out.

Father, I pray for the one who is sick in need of Your healing, who is lost in need of a Savior, who is shunned in need of restoration, who is down in need of lifting, who is discouraged in need of joy. Help them reach out to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Joseph in Potiphar’s House

Mark 2:15-17
While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

When Matthew answered Jesus’ call to follow Him, the former tax collector couldn’t contain the news. He held a dinner in honor of Jesus and invited his friends — other tax collectors and sinners. The room was filled with the spiritually sick who needed the Great Physician.

The Pharisees didn’t get it. They could not understand how anyone would choose to be in the same room with such people. Jesus must have known, they reasoned, that those around the dinner table were thieves, traitors, extortionists. How could Jesus stoop so low to sit at a table with them, to share a meal with them?

Jesus came for people who realize their sin-infected heart is in need of a remedy. He came for those longing for spiritual healing. Pride can blind our eyes from seeing our need. Understanding our spiritual sickness humbly leads us to Jesus. Have you met the Great Physician? If not, make the following prayer your own.

Lord Jesus, I am spiritually sick in need of a doctor, a sinner in need of a Savior. I need Your touch, Your remedy and Your healing. Please open my heart. Please forgive my sins. Please restore my spiritual health. Please make me whole again.  I pray in Your name. Amen.

 


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Relent: Selfish or Selfless?

Mark 1:29-34
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother- in- law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon- possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

Little is known about Peter’s family, but from today’s passage we learn that he was married (see 1 Corinthians 9:5). From the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus taught to the home thought to be where Simon’s mother-in-law lived was about a minute walk. Many believe that this house served as Jesus’ headquarters during His ministry in Galilee.

The fever that had overtaken Peter’s mother-in-law was debilitating. She was in bed, unable to function. In this case, Jesus did not pray for the sickness to be relieved. He simply took her by the hand and helped her out of bed. As she was getting up the fever left. To demonstrate her full recovery, Mark says that she began to prepare a meal for Jesus and His disciples. Incapacitated one moment; cooking a meal the next. The nourishment was needed. That evening the whole town gathered at the home. Jesus worked late into the night and possibly into the early morning, healing the sick and the demon-possessed.

Jesus never healed anyone halfway. The blind were not restored to fuzzy images; they had 20-20 vision. Withered hands were not healed to functionality, but to perfection. The lame were not healed to remain limping, but to leap. So it is with the spiritual healing that Jesus provides. He deals with our sin problem fully. We become new creations empowered by the Holy Spirit. We were not spiritually healed in order to limp the rest of the way home. Our recovery is complete; therefore we can live fully for Him!

Father, thank You for making me new from the inside out. Help me realize that through Jesus I am fully recovered. Help me to run freely all the way home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


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Divine or Disaster: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Psalm 40:11-17  

Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, LORD; come quickly, LORD, to help me. May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.

Sometimes we need to be patient and wait on the Lord. And…sometimes our prayer is urgent. If God delays, we are done.

Today’s passage is an urgent prayer. David is surrounded by troubles, some caused by his own sin. His situation is so overwhelming he cannot see; he does not know what to do next. His heart is failing. He is in great need. And…time is running out. God is his only way out. David’s prayer is an urgent plea, “You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.”

Can you relate? The sickness is taking over. The rent is due. The divorce papers are being filed. The bad decision is being made. Today is a time of urgent prayer.

O God, You are God and time is in Your hands. But You also set the clock in motion and You know I am running out of time. So I am praying Your word to You. I am poor and needy; don’t forget about me. You are my only help and way out. You are my God. Please, Father, do not delay! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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