As I was reading this morning from The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett, the need of people in the community was discussed and in particular the one that hit home for me was in relations to the kids in the foster care system who age out. Imagine having been in a system where you have been taken away from your parents and put into other family’s homes and then when you turn 18 someone shows up and tells you that you are on your own. Imagine the situation you find yourself in. Imagine the confusion or the needs or the troubles in addition to everything else you had to go through and now are facing. In today’s reading their church saw the need and so asked their church to give suitcases filled with everything you would need at 18 to fill in this situation. He also shared how they go with the caseworkers and offer them support through the Dream Center including housing, schooling, training, and more. They are an example of people who saw a need and decided by the power of God to fill it.
Where are you at today? Do you see a need in your neighborhood? Do you see a need in your community? Do you see a need at work? Do you see a need at your kid’s sporting event? Do you see a need at the schools? If you see the need, is there something you might be able to do to fill it? Might God have allowed you to see it in order that He could use you to fill it? Will you listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Will you be obedient to God’s call to make a difference and be the difference in the life of someone in need? Could today be the day you learn their name? Could today be their day to have an encounter with love? Could today be their day to have an encounter with God? Could you be His hands and arms extended? Could you be His legs and feet going? Is today your day?
God of Deliverance
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:
‘“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.’— Psalms 91:14
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- God delivers!
- God is our deliverer!
- How God delivers isn’t always how we might have thought or expected.
- When God delivers isn’t always in the timing we would have hoped or wanted.
- We need to come humbly asking rather than pridefully demanding
- God knows everything and He know the right way and the right time, so if we demand something that would be the wrong way or would be at the wrong time then we would be setting ourselves up for a potential worse fate and so we need to lean in on Him rather than our own understanding and trust Him, His ways, and His timing!
- Would you rather do it God’s way or demand your own way and find disappointment?
- If you demand and then find disappointment, if you don’t stop it can become discouragement!
- Faith is trusting in God, no matter what!
- Faith is trusting in God even when you don’t feel it or see it!
- We might not be able to see it with our physical eyes but we can still trust God is at work through our faith!
- Let’s take hold of God’s purposes, ways, timing, and promises!
- Let’s remember how God’s ways are not our ways but are rather higher than our ways!
- In the midst of our troubles, we can take heart, even when we don’t see the answer yet!
- In the midst of our trials, we can consider it pure joy, even when we don’t feel the difference or see the answer!
- Let’s put our trust in God more than being oblivious to the reality of the situation we are going through!
- Let’s put our trust that God is at work and in His perfect timing He will deliver us!
- Some times it takes going through the tough times for us to be able to learn and grow most!
- Like the Psalm says about when we are in the valley, let’s not give up nor fear evil!
- Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. — Psalm 23:4
- Let’s trust God when we are on the highest mountain tops and also when we are in the lowest valley lows!
- Let’s trust God to lead us and guide us through it all!
- Let’s trust God will lead us out of the valleys!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
When we experience difficulties, what are some differences between demanding answers from God and trusting that He will deliver us in His way and in His time?
- Demanding makes it look like we are in control and when or if it doesn’t happen like we are asking it can lead to disappointment or worse to discouragement!
What are some of the lessons we learn in life’s valleys?
- How to forgive!
- How to trust!
- How to love!
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So what is it that you believe? What is it that you know? Do you have faith? Do you believe in God? Have you started a walk in relationship with God? Have you discovered that it doesn’t mean you won’t have problems but rather that God will be with you in and through them? If you haven’t started a relationship with God, is there something holding you back from receiving what Jesus has to offer? If you haven’t started a relationship with God, is there a fear or a worry that might be keeping you from accepting the gift of grace through Jesus? Might today be your day?
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?