B Moments, place

God Is with You, Even There

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is with us—even when we’re in a place we don’t want to be.

Sometimes, this place can be physical, like a job or a relationship. Other times, it can be an emotional or spiritual state.

This was the case with Joseph after his brothers sold him into slavery. During that time, Joseph was purchased by a man named Potiphar.

As soon as he arrived at Potiphar’s doorstep as a slave, God’s favor was upon Joseph. Even Potiphar noticed God’s favor on him and ended up putting Joseph in charge of his entire household.

However, this was short-lived because Joseph was falsely accused of a crime, and Potiphar ended up throwing Joseph in jail.

Yet as the Scriptures say, the Lord was with Joseph there too. Joseph now had favor with the chief jailer.

Sometimes, when we find ourselves in a place that seems inconsistent with our overall journey—a place we believe we don’t deserve to be—we become so focused on resisting the place that we miss God’s hand of favor there.

Let us remember that God is with us, even in those seemingly unjustified, dark places, by clinging to these words: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

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So today, remember He is with you wherever, whenever.

B Moments, reason

There Is More to Your Story

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about when things happen to us that appear to have no rhyme or reason.

Recently, we’ve been studying Joseph’s life. During the time Joseph was in prison, he met the king’s cupbearer.

One day, the cupbearer had a dream, so he asked Joseph to interpret the dream for him. Joseph told him that his dream meant he would be getting out of prison very soon.

In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to have pity on him once he was released and to tell the king that he was an innocent man. Yet once the cupbearer got out of prison, he forgot all about Joseph.

In your life, have you ever wrongly believed that you found the solution to your less than ideal situation? You might believe that the reason you met a person was to solve your crisis, but in the end, you may find that the person was not the answer.

During these times, you might wonder why you encountered the person in the first place. You may even conclude that sometimes things happen to you without rhyme or reason.

However, I would encourage you to see things differently because it is not the end of your story. You can see evidence of this in the fact that all of the seemingly unrelated events that Joseph dealt with ultimately ended up being part of a beautiful story.

If you feel like things are just happening to you and not for you, hang on because there is definitely more to your story. As you remember that, hold onto these words: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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So today, know that there is more to your story.

B Moments, answers

You Don’t Need the Answers to Pass the Test

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about those times when we don’t have all the answers.

Recently, we talked about Job, a man of great character and wealth who always turned away from evil. One day, Satan told God that Job was only so faithful because God had blessed him with so much and put a hedge around all his possessions. So, God allowed Satan to take everything away from Job.

Hoping that Job would eventually curse God, Satan took away his possessions, his children, and even his good health. Yet under these horrific conditions, Job refused to curse God. In other words, Job passed the test.

However, as I look more closely at the passage, I also see that Job operated with a lot of unknowns. He had no idea about the conversation God had with Satan. He was being tested while he was in the dark.

Sometimes we are inclined to place a logical spin on things, such as when we believe things are happening to punish us for our sins. Yet that wasn’t the case with Job because God described him as a blameless and upright man.

In some instances, we can’t just draw a dotted line between the cause and effect of events in our lives. Things can happen in our lives just because God allows them to happen. The question is, how will you respond when something unfavorable happens and you have no explanation for it?

Let us be encouraged because when Job was unfaithful in the dark, God restored everything to him even better than before. Furthermore, situations like this allow our faith to be cultivated. When we’re in times like this, let us cling to these few words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

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So today, trust God—even when you have no answers.

B Moment, healing

Find Healing in the Lord

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the difficulties of dealing with sudden loss. Loss is never easy to endure, and sudden loss can be especially painful to overcome.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of the loss of King Uzziah. He was one of the most beloved leaders of all time in Judah. Because he served for almost fifty years, he was the only leader that many of Judah’s citizens had ever known.

I think that this same situation can be true for us in our family lives, too. When we lose a parent or spouse or sibling, they are the only parent or spouse or sibling that we have ever known. So we worry and wonder what the new dynamic will be and how we will adjust to what the future holds.

This was also seen when Judah was grieving the loss of its beloved leader. While the citizens mourned, they were also concerned about their future. In that time, the leader was directly linked to how well citizens were able to provide for themselves and their families, so the loss of King Uzziah made many worry about their provisions.

However, God came to Isaiah and gave him a vision which let them know that they were not alone. He reminded Isaiah that He was ultimately in control of Judah and their provisions, just as He is ultimately in control of your home and your relationships.

Therefore, during times of loss, let us remember to cling to these words: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (ESV)

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So today, if you’re experiencing loss, give your heart to the One who is the master of mending hearts.

B Moment, perfect

God Will Deliver You at the Perfect Moment

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God is creating the perfect moment to deliver things for you.

We recently talked about how trust far outweighs understanding. We discussed how as close as the disciples were to Jesus, they often didn’t understand him. Yet what they lacked in understanding, they compensated for with a willingness to trust in Jesus.

If I am to confess my weakness, I struggle with trusting God’s timing on things. As much as He has always delivered on time and has never been late, I still find myself fretting over His timing.

One passage that inspired me was a time when Jesus was in the temple, and the Jewish leaders attempted to arrest him but couldn’t. Think about this for a moment. The conditions were perfect for Jesus to be arrested, but the time itself wasn’t right.

Jesus was, in fact, in his season since shortly after that incident, he was arrested. Yet he had to be arrested at that precise moment that was created for him.

This precise timing inspires me because it reminds me that so much is going on behind the scenes. When it seems as though God isn’t answering, He is actually at work, creating the perfect moment to answer our prayers.

Join me today in thanking Him in advance for being at work, creating this perfect moment. As you do that, remember these words: “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 (NLT)

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So today, know that God is creating the perfect moment to deliver for you.

B Moments, behalf

Unbeknownst to You, God Is Working on Your Behalf

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God is steadily working on your behalf.

Recently, we considered our current political climate, and I talked about Habakkuk’s story and how he also endured political turmoil. He asked God how long he would have to cry out for help before God would hear and respond to his prayers.

Sometimes, the turmoil we experience can hit even closer to home, and we may feel that God is sitting idly by, allowing matters to only become worse. It is during these times that we think very little is happening, but that could not be further from the truth. This is what the Israelites had to learn.

Balak, the king of Moab, was desperately trying to save himself and his people, so he hired Balaam to curse Israel. However, as we know, God is always in control. Because of this, God actually used Balaam to bless the Israelites rather than to harm them.

As I read this passage, I learned two interesting facts. First, as Balaam approached the Israelites, they had no idea they were in danger. In other words, God saved them from something that they had no idea posed a threat to them. This shows how God, unbeknownst to us, is always working on our behalf.

The second takeaway is that the Israelites were not in the best standing with God. They had been complaining about their prayers not being answered. Yet God still worked on their behalf.

Let us be encouraged today that God is working on our behalf when we are faithful and when we are not. As we hold onto that, let us remember these words: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, know that God is always at work in your life.

B Moments, tricky

Struggling to Wait for God to Deliver

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how waiting on God can sometimes feel tricky.

I will be the first to confess that I find it difficult to wait on God to deliver me from a situation, to provide healing, or to open a new door. That waiting period can feel tricky as all sorts of thoughts run through my mind.

When God doesn’t deliver when you expect Him to, you may not be sure if it’s something you’ve done or if it’s just not His timing yet. One day you may feel strong and determined to wait on God, and the next day you may feel doubt and confusion. If the stakes are high, you may even decide that time is running out and, instead of waiting on God, take matters into your own hands.

This was exactly what Sarah, Abraham’s wife, did. During that time, one way men gained their status was by the number of sons they had. Meanwhile, women gained their status by the number of children they bore.

After several failed attempts at having a baby, and likely feeling that her stakes were very high, Sarah took matters into her own hands. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

Yet shortly thereafter, Sarah became very unhappy with her own plan. It wasn’t until Sarah put her faith entirely in God that she became pregnant. We know that her pregnancy was from God because she was ninety years old by the time she bore a child.

Do you have a high stakes situation that you’re waiting for God to deliver on? If so, hold onto these words: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be tricked; wait for Him.

B Moments, game

How Can I Avoid Being Thrown Off My Game?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how to avoid being thrown off your game.

Recently, we talked about waiting on God and all of the things we endure while we’re waiting on Him to answer a certain prayer for us. Sometimes when we’re grappling with things privately, it is easier for us to become distracted, irritated, or ultimately thrown off our game.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Nehemiah’s story and how he handled those who tried to distract him. Nehemiah was tasked with restoring about two miles of Jerusalem’s broken walls. His distractors didn’t show up at the beginning of his work but instead toward the end. However, Nehemiah utilized his energy for God’s purposes and not for others.

His distractors used several tactics to keep him from finishing the wall. They set up meaningless meetings for him to attend, but he did not show. They tried intimidation, but Nehemiah dismissed them. He didn’t even spend time talking to his friends about what his distractors were doing to him. He just kept his energy totally focused on his task from God.

I always think about Nehemiah when I’m trying to avoid distraction and to stay on task. If that is you, and you need to stay on task and finish strong, cling to these words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)

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So today, don’t be thrown off your game.

B Moments, seasons

Living in Between Two Seasons

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am feeling like I am living in between two seasons.

Summer is winding down, and it feels like I can smell the fall season in the air. The back to school period is here too, and even though I am no longer in school, to me it represents a time of the year when playtime is over. I naturally become more focused on the goals I set for this year and on finishing the year strong. Said another way, it’s that classic case of feeling like you have one foot in today and the other in tomorrow.

Just as my mind can go back and forth between two seasons, the same can be true for the seasons in my personal life. When I am not content with what the present is offering me, I struggle with remaining in the present. I can easily become preoccupied with new beginnings, a new season, or a new door opening. It ends up being almost impossible to appreciate what the current season can offer me.

As we know, each moment creates the next. If my current moment is filled with a lot of anxiety and anticipation, I’m only continuing to create more of that. So over time, I have come to appreciate the importance of finding joy in the present—although sometimes I think I still need to be reminded of this.

If you’re like me with one foot in today and the other in tomorrow, let us both remember these words: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

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So today, savor the moment, knowing that tomorrow will take care of itself.

B Moments, meantime

Struggling to Trust God in the Meantime

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about why we should trust God in the meantime.

In this series, we’re addressing our inner child, which can sometimes feel like I want what I want when I want it. Sometimes, I think about the Nike Just Do It ad and I ask God, “Will you just do it already, please?” In other words, will you just answer my prayer or resolve my current dilemma now rather than later?

However, when I become too mired in the outcome, I forget that God is always at work on my behalf; I just have to trust Him in the meantime.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and all he had to endure between the time that he was anointed king and the time that he was appointed king. I’m sure there were several events that made him think that it was his season—but he still had to wait.

For example, it’s likely David felt he had entered a new season after he defeated Goliath. But soon after that victory, David had to deal with a jealous Saul, who kept him on the run for years.

After Saul was killed, David must have believed it was his time. Yet he then had to deal with Saul’s sons who felt they were entitled to the throne, entering into a bloody battle with them for another seven years.

In the end, we know that finally, at God’s appointed time, David did take the throne. Yet more importantly, David showed us how to act in the meantime until the scales of justice shift in our favor. As you think about that, remember these words: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

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So today, be patient and trust God in the meantime.