Good In The Lord’s Sight

2 Samuel 10:12 – 12 Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.”

I will be the first to admit that it is not always easy to see how God works in all of our circumstances and situations. When we can’t, we become discouraged and disappointed. We convince ourselves that God does not care about us nor is He involved in our situation.

Today’s scripture reminds us all that regardless of what is happening to us, “Be of good courage and let us be strong….And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” The Lord does not prevent us from bypassing trials, but the Lord will get us through our trials. That is why we are told to “Be of good courage”. We might not see it, but the result of our situation can be good in the Lord’s sight.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Little, Big Things

Matthew 14:17 – 17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

For many years, we hosted a Christmas Day homeless outreach in downtown Los Angeles. One Christmas, we had more homeless guests than we had planned for. We had planned for 60 people and over 80 ended up attending. Unbelievably, even though 20 more people showed up, everyone was blessed with a warm breakfast and a bag of gifts. It truly was a blessing from God (I still can’t explain how it all worked out).

In today’s passage, we read of the apostle’s response to Jesus when they told Him they only had “five loaves and two fish” to feed over five thousand people. A few verses later we read that Jesus in fact fed all the people and even had several baskets of food left over. Jesus can do amazing things with very little. Perhaps you look at your life and feel that the gifts and talents you have are nothing very special. That is exactly what the Lord is looking for. He specializes in doing big things with little resources. Remember that God can and will do great things through you regardless of how great and big you think your talents are. You don’t make your talent’s big, God does.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Fruit of Kindness

2 Samuel 9:1 – Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

It may just be me, but it appears that people are more stressed and less kind. People seem to argue more, yell more and criticize people more. I realize that some of you may disagree with me, but I think it would be hard to argue that “in general” people are less kind today than others in the past.

In today’s scripture, we read of King David who desired to “show him kindness for Jonathon’s sake”.  There are many ways that we as Christians can make a difference in the world. One of the simplest and most affective ways is to show people the fruit of kindness. If it was David’s desire to show kindness, then we too should desire to show kindness to those we encounter each day. I personally believe that now more than ever, people need to know Jesus. One of the ways we can introduce Him is through our kindness.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Prayer for the Morning

Psalm 25:4-5 –Show me Your ways, O LordTeach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

I am sure that many of you have a morning “routine”. It is what you do to get yourself ready to face the day. Personally, I am useless without my coffee (and the 4 cups that follow).

Regardless of what your “routine” is, make it a point to include today’s scripture into your schedule. May you seek Him, follow Him and learn from Him “all the day”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

It’s Finals Time

1 Peter 4:7 – But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

With school quickly coming to an end, many students are “cramming” for finals. I remember the feeling of preparing for finals. Some classes, I didn’t have to spend much time on because I was ready. Other classes, I spent many sleepless nights and hours trying to learn all of the information I thought might be on the final. I never worried about the finals I was prepared for. I stressed out over the finals I wasn’t ready for.

In today’s scripture, we are reminded that we will all face one more final in our lifetime, “But the end of all things is at hand”. We will all stand before the Lord at the time of our death, but will you be ready for your final? In other words, have you spent your time wisely preparing for eternity? As Peter puts it, “be serious and watchful in your prayers”. Those that look forward to eternity are those that are ready and prepared. Those that are nervous are worried that they are not prepared. As you await your final, which student are you?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

God is With You

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

For those of you that do not know, I have been writing this daily devotional for over 5 years. During this time, I have written them in many places — my office, doctor’s offices, Starbuck’s, Dunkin Donuts, sporting events, on vacation, etc. I have noticed that regardless of where I write a devotion, God is always there with me and I can always hear Him.

Today in Joshua, we are reminded that “God is with you wherever you go”. The same God that is with me when I write devotions is the same God that is with you “wherever you go”. Take comfort that He is always there, always listening and always answering prayer. Go forth with boldness and confidence today because “God is with you”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Why Can You Be Great?

2 Samuel 5:10 – 10 So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.

There is much talk about “great” people. The majority of the time, we define someone’s “greatness” by their accomplishments in business, sports, entertainment, etc.. In reality, most of society defines “greatness” by the size of someone’s bank account. We assume that if someone is rich, they must be great. Please understand that I have met “rich” people that are truly great, but they will be the first to say that their success has nothing to do with their finances.

In today’s passage, we are told “So David went on and became great”.  David was great not because he was rich but because the God he served was great. David served and honored God in what he did, thus, he was considered great. You too can be great, not because of your bank account, but because you too serve the same great and mighty God.  Why can you be great? Because our God is great!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who Will You Shepherd?

2 Samuel 5:2 – Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lordsaid to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’”

Growing up, we raised sheep in our back lot. It was one of my jobs to make sure the sheep were fed everyday, had water to drink and put safely in the barn each night. I understood that it was my responsibility to care for the safety and well being for those sheep so they could grow and thrive. Each one of us has that same responsibility to our loved ones around us.

In today’s passage, the Lord told David, “You shall shepherd my people Israel”. David understood that it was his responsibility to care for the safety and well being of Israel so that Israel could grow and thrive. For quite a while, he did just that. You too have been given that same charge to care for the spiritual safety and well being of the family and friends that the Lord has placed around you so that they too can grow and thrive in their walk with Jesus. Today, who will you shepherd?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Flesh and Bone

2 Samuel 5:1 – Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.

I was recently having a conversation with a parent about whether or not their children looked like them or the other parent. It is pretty common knowledge that a child will either look like both or one of the parents. Why? Because the children have the same genetic makeup as their parents. But, did you know that just as you carry the genetic makeup as your parents, you also carry the same genetic makeup as your Father?

In today’s scripture, we are told that Israel was from the bone and flesh of David. The same can be said for us in relation to God, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh”. For all that we meet, we are the flesh and bone of God. We are the part of God that people see and hear. Just as we represent our family, we too represent our Father. May you be His flesh and bone today with all the lost, broken and lonely people that you will encounter.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

His Days Are Like Grass

Psalm 103:15-18 – 15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

As I am getting older (I just turned 51), I am beginning to realize that my time here on earth is getting shorter. In reality, I have probably lived well over 50% of my life already. As this has begun to sink in, I have been thinking more about what I want to accomplish with the years I have left so I can leave my mark on the ones that I love.

In today’s passage, we are reminded that our “days are like grass”. In other words, we can go at anytime and anywhere. Throughout the Bible, we are reminded that our time here on earth is short. We count our lives in years, but the Bible suggests we should count them in days. Knowing that our time is short, what can we accomplish? My prayer for all of you is that you will make a difference in this world today and not wait for “tomorrow”. Remember, our “days are like grass”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!