God’s Promises Become Our Anchor

God’s Promises Become Our Anchor

I have a saying: “I’m going around the same tree.” I say this when I trip over the same bad habit for the umpteenth time. In today’s reading in Genesis 13, God promises to give Abram (later called Abraham) an inheritance of both land and offspring. But years will pass before the promise is fulfilled. Fast forward to Jeremiah 29:11. God gives another promise to the descendants of Abraham: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11 Oh, we love to quote this verse. But remember: . . . Read the rest of this devotional at deeperwaters.us  *I am a part of TEAM365 – a group of women who believe that being in God’s Word every day is foundational to everything we do.  Click here for more info and to download the 2015 reading plan to join with...

Comfort We All Need

  Every quiet moment my thoughts drift to problems with no answer. They tumble over and over in prayer until the weight creates an avalanche. I examine them like a stone cutter searching for the perfect point to strike open and reveal the gem locked inside the rugged, unpleasant exterior. Some passages in the bible need to be approached that way. Within the unpleasant exterior, there is a gem locked inside. The genealogy in Genesis 5 is long, detailed and easy to skim. He was born, he had a son, he lived more years, he died. Repeat. The only two people with description were Enoch, who was miraculously taken to heaven without dying and Noah. He walked with God is a beautiful description of their relationship. Noah is designated with a special prophetic name by his father. Noah sounds like the Hebrew word for comfort. I’ve never associated Noah with comfort. The name he was blessed with spoke of the role his life would play-easing the agony of hard work in a cursed land. There is not more explanation about how Noah was a comfort. Did he have the gift of encouragement? Maybe he worked harder than everyone else. Movies come to mind, but scripture give us little information. Nevertheless, God chose Noah’s path before He breathed life into his body. He was destined to be the lone patriarch who survives the cursed land. In a land that brought much pain and sin, Noah stood apart. Our land today is much different than the days of Noah. And our land is much the same. We struggle with sin and...
Chosen for the Team

Chosen for the Team

  I remember lining gym walls in elementary school as captains began choosing teams for kickball. I tried to look like I didn’t care when other names were called, but thoughts of  Please don’t let me be last!  raced through my mind. Today we read about the time God called Saul’s name. He was chosen for the Team. Paul’s conversion is likely the most dramatic in Scripture. Many people thought Paul should have been left on the sideline. After all, he was on the enemy’s team. Or was he? On the other team, he was born of a Pharisee from the tribe of Benjamin, circumcised a Jew, and yet a Roman citizen too. During his education, he became a Sadducee, opposing both the Pharisees and Jesus’ followers. Paul was a legalist in the strictest sense of the world. But the Lord said, Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. ~ Acts 9:15 How do we feel when God chooses someone else–particularly when that someone else appears to have a less-than-noble history? God uses shady characters. He relishes in using scoundrels, while we look on in confusion . . . and sometimes envy. When someone else is chosen for the Team, we can’t compare our journey. God prepares in different ways. For some, it’s a lifetime of earnestly seeking Him, growing in wisdom and obedience. For others it’s a character building path in the school of hard knocks. Either path is equally valid. It was easy for the disciples to follow Jesus when He was the...

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