Being “Found” in the Wilderness

Amos 2:10 – 10 Also it was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt, And led you forty years through the wilderness, To possess the land of the Amorite.

There were times in my life when I felt completely lost. I didn’t really know where my life was going and, quite honestly, I couldn’t really tell where I had been. No, I wasn’t ill or unable to think clearly. I was completely healthy and conscious. I was lost because I couldn’t find a meaning or purpose in my life.

In today’s scripture, God tells Israel, “Also it was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt, And led you forty years through the wilderness, To possess the land of the Amorite.” God brought Israel “through the wilderness” because He had a plan and purpose.  Our greatest gains will come when we are “lost” and the Lord is in control. If you feel lost today, I pray that you will seek to find the Lord in your wilderness and allow Him to direct your path. Pray that you are found in your wilderness today!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Selling God Short

2 Kings 13:19 – 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”

If you could have anything you wanted, what would you ask for? I suspect that most people would be apprehensive to ask for exactly what they want. Often times in our walks, we do the same to God. We are told to bring all of our requests to God, yet when we make those requests, we often “sell God short” and only ask for what we “think” we deserve.

In today’s reading, Elisha the prophets told the king to strike the ground with arrows. The king struck the ground three times, “And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.” God tells us to strike the ground, yet we are afraid to strike like we want. As you pray, keep striking the ground until the Lord tells you to stop. Remember, don’t sell God short.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Deja Vu

2 Kings 13:5-6 – Then the Lord gave Israel a deliverer, so that they escaped from under the hand of the Syrians; and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before. Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.

As I do my daily reading, I note which scriptures I have used for devotions. As I was doing my reading this morning, I read this passage which I have used previously for a devotion. Without the note in my Bible, quite honestly, I would have not remembered using this scripture.

In today’s message we read that Israel “did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam”. For Israel it was “Deja Vu” all over again. They sin, they suffer the consequences, they repent and God delivers.  The same can be said for our walks. Regardless of how often we read the Bible, if we do not remember it and practice it, we will find ourselves in the same “Deja Vu” as Israel. Learn from your mistakes, learn from Israel’s mistakes. Don’t let “deja vu” be your story.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Brave as a Child

2 Kings 6:8 – 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

One of the things I love about children is how brave they are. They are not afraid to jump into a pool because they know their parent will catch them. They are not afraid to dream big because nobody told them they couldn’t. Unfortunately, as we grow older, some of us begin to be less brave and become more fearful.

In today’s scripture we are told, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” As a child of God, we should be as brave as a child. Never forget that “those who are with us are more than those who are with them“. Your Father will always be there to catch you, encourage you and protect you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Don’t Get Confused

2 Kings 5:7 – And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

With the advent of the internet, there is no shortage of “experts” and “advice”. In fact, America now seeks help from Google more than we seek help from God. I personally believe that we have fallen into a dangerous trap of believing that we no longer need to seek God when we can have answers at our fingertips.

In today’s scripture we read of the King of Israel who is asked to heal Naaman. In response to the request, he replies, “Am I God, to kill and make alive,”. No, the king was not God. Don’t get confused, don’t get tricked. There is only one God and only He can give you the guidance, instruction and answers that you seek. Google may be helpful, but it will never be God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Still a Leper

2 Kings 5:1 – Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.

People will often compare themselves to others and consider how great their lives could be if they had more money, power, fame. It is assumed that the “rich and famous” live a life that is more comfortable, more stress free than what we must face each day. It might be a good thought, but being “rich and famous” does not determine your life.

In today’s passage we are told of “Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria,….great and honorable man in the eyes of his master“. Yes, a powerful and successful man, but he was still “a leper“. It may be hard to imagine, but trials, pain and suffering comes to all people. What can make your life more enjoyable and less stressful is Jesus and only Jesus. The rich get sick, the powerful become broken, the famous fall from grace. It is Jesus and only Jesus that can take us and make us whole.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Testing God

2 Kings 1: 13-14 – 13 Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and pleaded with him, and said to him: “Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. 14 Look, fire has come down from heaven and burned up the first two captains of fifties with their fifties. But let my life now be precious in your sight.”

There is a well-known saying that goes, “if you continue to do the same things, you will continue to get the same results”. This saying is not only true to our lives, but also to our spiritual walks.  If we live our lives outside of God, we will live a life of suffering and consequences. That has never changed, that will never change.

In today’s passage we are reminded of a king who tested God three times. “13 Again, he sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. And the third captain of fifty”. Two times earlier this king sent a captain and fifty men and two times earlier they were consumed with fire. The king thought it wise to test God a third time, but the captain knew better — he knew not to test God. If you are living a life that is causing you pain and  consequences, now is the time to change. Know that it is never wise to test God. If living outside of God is causing you pain, perhaps it is time to now live in His goodness and His plan.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!