“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
It’s easy to destroy but constructing takes work and patience.
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Observation – For the people living in Bethlehem at this time, it felt like evil had won. I’m sure it felt like God was distant and did not care. What they didn’t realize was that not far away a Savior had been born. The One had come who would redeem mankind and defeat death forever.
Application – When our eyes are on painful events around us or in our lives, it can seem like God is not there or doesn’t care. But He is always working in ways we can’t see. The answer is there, help is coming but we have to accept that by faith and trust, in His time, it will come. Those people who lost sons didn’t see or understand what was happening right then and maybe not in their lifetime. It doesn’t erase the terrible pain of the moment but trusting God does give us hope for the future. We trust He is good and He will make everything right in the end.
Prayer– Father, help me to trust you no matter what is happening around me. Please strengthen my faith and help me keep my eyes on You.
Scripture – “The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him; but it it is a daughter, let her live. The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.” Exodus 1:15-17
Observation – Jacob’s son, Joseph, had become second in power in Egypt and because of this was able to save all the Israelites during a time of famine. He brought them all to live in Egypt. But, generations later, he was forgotten and the people were enslaved. Because they continued to flourish and grow in spite of slavery, the king demanded the midwives kill all baby boys as they were born. The midwives did not comply because they “feared God”. They knew God is Sovereign and that such acts were abominable to Him.
Application – In our country today, it’s been decided that it’s okay to kill full-term babies (there’s nothing new under the sun). Oh, they say only for the “health” of the mother even though there’s never a time when its necessary to kill a full-term baby in order to save the mother. The abortionist can decide it’s necessary for her mental health (she doesn’t want to be a mom, she can’t afford to have a baby, on and on), or physical or just about any way he or she wants to interpret “health”. There’s obviously no fear (awe, reverence, honour) of God. What astounds me is that anyone would want to live in a world where it’s ok to kill babies.
There will be women and girls coerced into killing their babies by parents, husbands, boyfriends, and pimps as has always been true in many cases and those women will be the ones who will never be the same.
This is not a triumph for women. It’s another case of women as victims.
Women deceived. Babies murdered. Jesus help us.
Prayer – Father, please help the women who will be deceived and drawn into this act. Have mercy on them Lord. Please convict those who want to profit from killing babies. And please receive all these precious little ones into your kingdom. Lord, please let the gospel spread and come soon Jesus.
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While praising God at a concert, He whispered to my heart: “To whom much is given, much is required.”
“What’s required, Lord?” I asked. “What does this mean?”
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Scripture – “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” John 16:22
Observation – Jesus was giving His last instructions/teaching to the disciples before He would be arrested, tried, and crucified. He knew they would be filled with sorrow. But He promised He would see them again. And He did when He rose from the dead! Then, He told them, “No one will take away your joy.”
NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY OUR JOY
Application – The truth that Jesus died for our sins and conquered death can never be erased, taken away, or canceled. Our joy is in Him and therefore it is unshakable and can never be taken away. We are His forever and we will live forever with Him. He will wipe away every tear and make all things right.
Prayer – Praise you Jesus! Praise you that no one can steal our joy. We are yours forever and forever. Help me to live in a way that glorifies you. Thank you that even though we have trouble and suffering in this world, no one can take away that with you we will have everlasting joy and peace. Please help me keep my eyes on You instead of on the troubles of this world.
Speak to me Lord in the stillness of this moment.
Use the quiet to open my heart.
Help me let go of self-protection.
Help me trust whatever you say and obey without hesitation.
Help me stop managing perceptions while making decisions based on what I think I can control or handle.
Help me take a leap of faith into the sea of obedience to your word.
Please help me begin though my steps may be small.
Help me put away distractions and listen without hesitation or resistance.
I know you love me with an everlasting love.
I know I’m yours forever and always.
I know all my sins are covered by the sacrifice of your blood.
I know I still live in a weak, fleshly tent that seeks for self and fails daily.
Please be made strong in my weakness.
Please help me let go and die to self so that I can truly live.
Help me trust that whatever you call me to do, wherever you lead, whatever you allow is for your best in and through me.
I want to repent of thinking I know what is best for me. Help me Jesus.