“Will I bring the moment of birth, and not give delivery?” says Adonai. “Will I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.
When we’re going through a challenging season in our lives, it can feel like we’re in a fog. You can barely see your hand in front of your face and you’re not sure which way to go.
Before you move a foot in any direction, go to God for direction, knowing that He is doing something new. Birth is painful, and like the birthing of a child, you will be uncomfortable throughout the process until you realize that growth is taking place and that God has you firmly in His hands.
Today, in the midst of your pain … when uncertainty surrounds you like a fog and you can’t see where you’re going – know that God is birthing something new in you.
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you really know who God is? Do you feel like you’ve lost favor with Him when you stumble and sin? Do you feel like the trials you’ve experienced are punishments for a poor decision or a laundry-list of sins you’ve committed?
First, we have to define love. Most of us grew up believing that love was a feeling, something dependent upon your mood or if your feeling of love was reciprocated or not. Hopefully, you now realize that love is a choice.
God chooses to love us unconditionally. From day one, He created you in His image out of love. He will pursue you all of the days of your life, because He loves you that much. When we realize how God loves us it changes everything! At that point, we choose to love Him equally in return. We see that everything has a purpose and the purpose is good.
For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.
I’ve been on a personal journey to really hear God’s voice. I’ve been reading devotional plans and books looking for ways to reduce the static and chaos around me produced by the trials I’ve been going through.
The “Daily Dose” started as a way to encourage myself and a few friends. It’s grown over the past 14 years to include many, as I still send out daily emails and post the same to this blog. It’s always been driven by God’s influence. As I sat wondering about the ways God speaks to me, it finally dawned on me. As I write these devotions down daily, the messages He gives are for me just as much as they are for others.
Look for the ways God speaks to you. It may be through a kind word from someone, or through a daily devotion like this. He speaks to us in many ways, and as I finally just realized, sometimes it’s where you least expect it or have overlooked it.
Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”
Are you having a bad day or going through a challenging season in your life? Could it be worse than being tossed into a den of lions?
Imagine being led to the entrance of the den. How strong would your faith be at that moment? I know mine would be shaking as vigorously as my body surely would be. But in that moment a transformation would take place, when forced to put your whole faith in God your faith would have to kick in.
Many of us face trials of all kinds. Many times, our initial response is fear and anxiety. But when the reality of our situation sets in, we are forced to our knees and eagerly hand over our burdens to God because we know He is our ONLY way out.
When we put our whole trust in God, He will make a way!
The cherubim were standing at the south end of the Temple when the man went in, and the cloud of glory filled the inner courtyard.
There is a Jewish idea from the Bible known as “ananei hakavod” which means the Cloud of Glory or the “cloud of protection”. This is the cloud that followed the Israelites throughout their journey to the Promised Land, the cloud in which Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Perhaps today you need to let this image remind you that not matter what you may be going through, God is with you and God is for you.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
We’re often our own worst enemies. We allow the lies of Satan to dictate who we are and how we feel about ourselves. But you are not the mistakes you’ve made, you are not the labels that have been placed on you, and you are not the lies the Enemy has been trying to sell you. You are who God says you are!
Our identity issues come from a misunderstandings of who God is. God doesn’t love us because of who we are. God loves us because of who He is.
The side effects of believing the lies are loneliness, shame, and anxiety. You are precious in God’s eyes! There is no failure so great or awesome thing you can do to make Him love you any more or any less! You are His beloved!
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will strike Pharaoh and the land of Egypt with one more blow. After that, Pharaoh will let you leave this country. In fact, he will be so eager to get rid of you that he will force you all to leave.
God gave mankind free will, but He’s also able to harden one’s heart. When God does something big, He can craft the outcome to His ultimate glory.
Have you been in a period of waiting? Just as it took a series of plagues to soften Pharaoh’s heart, your waiting may hinge on multiple parties coming into agreement to move your circumstances forward.
Just as in yesterdays theme, God is a WAY-MAKER. He made a way to set His people free so they could begin their journey to the Promised Land. God can make a way for you as well. Sometimes it takes days, months, or even years. As you persevere, know that God is making a way!