God Prepares, then Fulfills

2 Samuel 2:4-7Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, “The men of Jabesh Gilead were the ones who buried Saul.” So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, “You are blessed of the Lord, for you have shown this kindness to your lord, to Saul, and have buried him. And now may the Lord show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness, because you have done this thing. Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened, and be valiant; for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

The story of David becoming a king is one of patience. The Lord had told David that he had been anointed king over Israel, but David would have to wait to see that happen. Along the way, the then king, Saul, would pursue David several times to try to kill him. Doesn’t sound like God’s plan was working out, does it?

There are times in our own lives where we are “sure” that the Lord has spoken to us and given us direction. Maybe, there have even been words of prophesy spoken over you. Unfortunately, you have waited and waited, but God’s plan just didn’t seem to be working out. Never worry, from creation, God has shown a patter of “preparing before fulfilling”. Yes, the Lord will answer your prayer in His time and His way. Don’t lose heart, if the Lord prepares it, you can rest assured that He will fulfill it.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Time to Give Thanks

Colossians 3:1717 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Too many times in our lives, we forget to give thanks. Regardless of our situation or circumstances, there are always things to give thanks for. Maybe it is a co-worker that was nice to you today. Maybe it was your spouse that let you know they they love you today. Maybe it was a long awaited prayer that the Lord answered for you today.

Take time today to list 5 things that you are thankful for in your life. Remember to thank the Lord and all those around you that have had a part in giving you things that you are thankful for.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Prayer for Relief

Maybe you are struggling with something in your life right now. May this Psalm guide you in your prayers.

Psalm 56

56 Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
Fighting all day he oppresses me.
My enemies would hound me all day,
For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.

Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?

All day they twist my words;
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They gather together,
They hide, they mark my steps,
When they lie in wait for my life.
Shall they escape by iniquity?
In anger cast down the peoples, O God!

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?
When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me.
10 In God (I will praise His word),
In the Lord (I will praise His word),
11 In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

12 Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God;
I will render praises to You,
13 For You have delivered my soul from death.
Have You not kept my feet from falling,
That I may walk before God
In the light of the living?

At Your Fingertips

How many times have you prayed about a situation and waited patiently for an answer? We may know that an answer is coming, but what if it isn’t in our “timing”? It is easy to fall into the trap of “trying” to answer the prayer ourselves, but is that what the Lord really wants?

In 1 Samuel 26:9-12 we read “But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” 10 David said furthermore, “As the Lord lives, the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. 11 The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. But please, take now the spear and the jug of water that are by his head, and let us go.” 12 So David took the spear and the jug of water by Saul’s head, and they got away; and no man saw or knew it or awoke. For they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen on them.”

David had Saul “at his fingertips”, but he knew that this was not the Lord’s will. He knew God’s plan to make David king, but David also knew that it must be done the Lord’s way, not David’s way. David spared Saul’s life and patiently waited for the Lord’s will to be done.

It might be that you feel the answer to your prayer is right “at your fingertips”, but is it by you will or the Lord’s?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Spread the Good News

Esther 9:29-32  – 29 Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. 30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 31 to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. 32 So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.

One of the final pieces of scripture in the Book of Esther talks of both Esther and Mordecai sending letters “to all the Jews” the “words of peace and truth”.

I can’t help but think that we too need to be like Esther and Mordecai. We too must tell all about Jesus and spread the Word of God. Not to just those in our church families but “to all the Jews”. In other words, to all in the world. Spread the Good News of Jesus Christ!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Festival of Purim

Esther 9: 26-2826 So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, 28 that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants.

The Festival of Purim was created to be a reminder to all Jewish people, for the remainder of time, of the great victory that the Lord had over their enemies. It is during this festival that the Jewish people are to tell the story of what happened in the Book of Esther and celebrate what God had done. It is this story that is to be passed on to all of their children so that they will never forget. It was through this victory that the World came to know who God was. It was through this victory that the Jewish people came to know who God was.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Jews Destroy Their Tormentors

Esther 9:1-5Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them. The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could withstand them, because fear of them fell upon all people. And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king’s work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. For Mordecai was great in the king’s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent. Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them.

It was time. The Jews rose up and destroyed their tormentors. “On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.

This reminds me of the enemies attempts to overpower the Lord and us as believers. But, we can take comfort in knowing that “On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.” The Lord will overpower the enemy. The Lord will win. Just as we learned in Esther, the Lord will defeat his enemy.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Jews Had Joy and Gladness

Esther 8:15-1715 So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. 16 The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. 17 And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Wow! Mordecai appeared with the king, he was clothed in royal apparel and the Jews had joy and gladness.

I can’t help but think of how this relates to Resurrection Sunday. Jesus is now in the presence of God, clothed in His royal apparel and wearing His heavenly crown. He is where He belongs and He is with His Father. Because of that, we can all have joy and gladness. God’s Word is true, God’s Word is perfect.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It Is Time to Unite!

Esther 8:11-1411 By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions, 12 on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.[b] 13 A copy of the document was to be issued as a decree in every province and published for all people, so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. 14 The couriers who rode on royal horses went out, hastened and pressed on by the king’s command. And the decree was issued in Shushan the citadel.

With the king’s approval, the Jews gathered together “and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions,” They were God’s children and from this point forward, they would be known and feared as a great and powerful army.

As I was thinking about this passage, it dawned on the that the Lord has also approved us to “gather  together” and be a mighty army for Him. No, I am not talking about an actual military army, but an army of believers that are called to use the Lord’s sword (the Bible) to fight the daily battles we face. The moment you accept this calling on your life, you will forever be known as a great and powerful army for the Lord.

I pray for blessing today for you on your Journey!

For Whatever is Written in the King’s Name

Esther 8:3-8Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews. And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”

Esther fell at the king’s feet and made her request. The king knew Esther. He knew her heart. He knew her intentions. He loved her and wanted good for her. Because of that, he granted Esther her request and sealed it with his ring so that “no one can revoke”.

That is like our relationship with the Lord. When we pray, He already knows our hearts and intentions. If our prayers are to honor and glorify Him, He will grant our prayers and “seal it with His ring, so that no  one can revoke”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!