“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever (Exodus 14:13 NKJV).””
Waiting is not one of the things that most people do well. Especially here in the west, we are people who want everything in a hurry. I have often joked that we are in such a hurry to get things that there is even a store with the name Get it Now! Yet we can never hurry God. God works at His own pace. He moves to bring about His divinely determined outcomes in His divinely determined time. Therefore it is important that we learn to stand still and see.
Israel has been set free from Egyptian captivity. They are in the wilderness on their way to the promise. God in Exodus 14:1-4 instructs Moses to tell Israel He plans to get honor through Pharaoh and the Egyptians by having them pursue the Israelites only to ultimately destroy them. Yet when the Egyptians actually start pursuing them it is as if they never received the word from the Lord. Isn’t that how it is with us at times? God gives us a clear word about a coming situation and then when the situation comes we act as if God never spoke to us. Israel freaked out. They started complaining. Moses in verse thirteen tells them very calmly “…Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…” If you find yourself freaking out over circumstances and situations in your life today, I encourage you to rekindle your hope in God and stand still and see!”
To stand still means to cease striving and straining; rest in your confidence in the Lord. To see means to visually observe. Moses tells the Israelites to rest and observe God’s salvation. That is a word many need to hear today as the reports of calamity, catastrophe, and crime continue to roll in. Stand still and see. When trouble seems to find you even when you are not looking for it; stand still and see. When life deals you one blow after another; stand still and see.
Live reignited today as you stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14).”
I really enjoy watching the Olympic Games. One of my favorite parts of watching the Olympics is the procession of all the athletes during the opening ceremony. It pales in comparison only to the processional of the athletes during the closing ceremony; when those who have been victorious and stayed around take their final lap around the stadium. It is quite a show!
In 2 Corinthians 2:14 Paul draws on the image of the processional of Olympic athletes at the close of the games to describe how God leads us into the spiritual stadium in victory at the close of the colossal competition to defeat sin, death, and the grave. The apostle states that “God always leads us in triumph in Christ.” The believers in Corinth who were the recipients of this letter would have instantly understood the imagery Paul was using. Christ our champion leads us in triumph. He has conquered every enemy for us so that we are able to live victoriously. That is good news. Live reignited today, knowing that we are being led in triumph.
As you rekindle your fervor for the Lord today, imagine Jesus your champion leading you into the presence of God in triumph. Envision your Lord and King going before you into the throne room of heaven. Picture yourself marching in behind him in victory. God through Christ always leads us into victory. When we come to fully believe that truth, failure will no longer be an option. When we come to know with certainty that we are being led to victory by God, we will face every foe with the expectation of conquering.
Live reignited today knowing that God always leads you in triumph in Christ!
“And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God… (Mark 11:22).”
“Have faith in God” is such a simple command, yet so many struggle to live it out on a daily basis. Many want to believe in God. They want to stand confidently in faith in God. They desire to move out in full assurance in God. Yet, faith seems to always give way to doubt and they end up shrinking back into unbelief in the test of the moment. If that has been your experience, today I pray that the words of this devotional will rekindle your faith in God so that you can believe in the moment and live reignited.
Picture this; you are walking back into Jerusalem from Bethany and see a fig tree in full leaf (full bloom). Jesus, your rabbi being hungry, goes up to the tree looking for fruit. Seeing none he declares to it “May no one ever eat fruit from you again (verse 14).” The next morning you pass the same way and instantly notice the fig tree is withered from its roots up. You are amazed and point it out to Jesus. His immediate response is “Have faith in God…” He attaches two things to having faith in God: authority and access. Jesus says when you have faith in God you have the authority to speak to things in the natural and order that they be changed. He also says that when you have faith in God, you will receive what you ask of God. Authority and access come with having faith in God!
But what does it mean to have faith in God?
The phrase Jesus used literally means to own, possess, take hold of the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things; the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ Jesus. Faith in God is the conviction that God created and controls all and therefore is able to provide whatever is needed. Jesus tells the disciples that faith in God is the key to operating in the spiritual realm. It was true then and it is still true today. As you live reignited today, I admonish you to have faith in God!
“Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand (Jeremiah 18:5 & 6).”
I remember playing with clay as a boy. It was fun to make the clay into shapes, to build things with it, and then to tear it all down when I was done only to start all over again. It is fun to play with clay. But, I’m not sure I want God to play with my life the way I played with clay. Yet, the word of God tells us that we are like clay in the potter’s hand to God.
In the passage before us God has Jeremiah prophesy to the people of Israel concerning their condition. He tells them through Jeremiah that they are like clay in the potter’s hands to Him. God lets Israel know that He is the creator of their lives. He has authority and creative license to do with them as He pleases. Just as the potter can manipulate and mold the clay as he deems appropriate, God can manipulate and mold their lives as He deems appropriate. That was true of Israel and it is true of our lives today. We are clay in God’s hands.
It is a good thing to be clay in God’s hands. Why is it a good thing to be clay in God’s hands? When we are clay in His hands, He shapes us for His purpose. When we are clay in God’s hands, He rebuilds our broken lives. As clay in God’s hands, He molds us into that which He has created us to be. It is a good thing to be clay in God’s hands.
Today as you rekindle your fervor for God, reflect on the value of being clay in God’s hands. Rejoice in knowing that God is shaping your life into what He has designed it to be. Realize that God sees clearly and completely who He has created you to be and what He has created to do.
Live reignited today knowing you are clay in God’s hands.
“But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding (Job 32:8).”
I’m not sure if you have noticed, but one of the greatest lacks in society in the twenty-first century is the lack of wisdom. We are truly getting older and living longer, but with longevity wisdom does not seem to come. Many of our community’s problems have no answer because those who we look to for wisdom have none to offer. It raises the question; what is the source of wisdom and understanding?
In chapter thirty-two of Job, he has just finished his discourse on his life of righteousness and integrity. His three friends sit in silence without a response because they know how Job has lived. Yet there is a young man there, Elihu, who begins to speak. He is angry because Job has professed to be righteous and Job’s friends have failed to refute his claims. As he begins to speak he makes the statement in verse seven “I thought age should speak and increased years should teach wisdom.” Elihu assumed like many of us that age brings wisdom and understanding, but he discovered it does not. What Elihu says next is a powerful statement that we would do well to embrace “But it is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding (verse 8).” Wisdom is given by the spirit of God and God Himself gives understanding!
Did you hear that? Wisdom and understanding come from God! God is the source of wisdom and understanding. No wonder James wrote “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given (James 1:5).” Today you may find yourself lacking the wisdom to know how to handle your life circumstances and situations. You may lack wisdom to know what to do about a particular problem you are having. You may be in need of wisdom to know how to proceed spiritually. Ask the one who gives wisdom and understanding to give it to you.
Rekindle your confidence in God’s ability to provide the answers you need and ask Him for wisdom and understanding. He is the only one who can give them to you. God is the source of wisdom and understanding! If you need it, ask Him for it.
Live reignited today!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).”
Where do you turn when you are in trouble? Many people turn to other people for help. Some turn to substances in an attempt to solve their problems. Others withdraw and try to handle everything on their own.
Where do you turn when you are in trouble?
Trouble reveals the true character of a person. More specifically how one responds to trouble reveals one’s character. The psalmist declared “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He had discovered that God was the one to rely on during times of trouble. One can only make such a statement when one has relied on God during troubled times and found God to be help when in trouble.
Today, I encourage you to learn to rely on God during the times of trouble in your life. Perhaps even as you read this devotional you find yourself facing trouble. If so, may the words of the psalmist prompt you to press in to God. May you discover that God is help when in trouble by trusting Him in the midst of your situation.
Decide today to rekindle your fervor for God by relying on Him when you are in trouble. Reignite your faith as you find God to be help when in trouble. He is not only help, He is a very present help in trouble. He is the help we find when trouble knocks at our door.
Live reignited today!
“Then Saul said to David, “Blessed are you, my son David; you will both accomplish much and surely prevail.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place (1 Samuel 26:25).”
I’ve discovered that you can do right and still have enemies. People do not need a reason to stand against you. You can love people, support them, and speak truth to them, but if you fail to act as they think you should they will turn against you. David knew this first hand. He had been a faithful servant to Saul, yet Saul was trying to kill him. Today if you find yourself facing enemies that you did not choose I have good news for you; God will cause your enemies to bless you!
When we choose to live reignited for God there will be those who will stand against us. In 1 Samuel 26 David for the second time spares Saul’s life. We learn in the first part of the chapter that Saul is pursuing David to kill him. Why? It is simply because David was favored by God. Saul and his men were camping waiting to overtake David and his men. David and Abishai sneak into the camp and find all the men sleeping. They could have killed Saul, but David spared his life for the second time. Upon learning that David has spared his life for the second time, Saul pronounces a blessing over his life in verse 25. God has caused the enemy of David to rise up and bless him.
The message for you and me in this passage is that when you live to please the Lord, He will cause your enemies to bless you. Rekindle your commitment today to live to please the Lord in all things. Decide to honor those in authority who may not even deserve to be honored. Then stand back and watch as the Lord causes your enemies to bless you. Watch as the Lord puts you in position to hear those who are out to destroy you speak well of you.
Live reignited today and know He will cause your enemies to bless you.