B Moments, absence

In the Absence of Others, God Will Provide

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will provide for you in their absence.

I had this thought as I was reading about the prophet Elisha and the widow. The widow had recently lost her husband and, because of her debt, a creditor was coming to her house to take her two children.

Indebtedness was a common problem throughout the ancient Near East and could often result in a loss of property and the debtor’s freedom. In many instances, the next of kin would intervene, but there was an apparent absence of kin for this widow.

Desperate and not knowing where else to turn, the widow turned to the prophet Elisha as her husband used to work for him. Elisha asked her, “What do you have?” She told him, “I have nothing at all but a flask of olive oil.”

He instructed her to go to all of her friends and neighbors and borrow as many empty vessels as she could. When she returned, he told her to pour the olive oil from the flask into the empty jars until all the jars were filled to the brim.

Then, Elisha told her to sell the olive oil, pay her debts, and support herself and her sons on the money left over. In the absence of her husband and any next of kin, God stepped in and provided for her.

Are you looking at an area in your life that needs provision? Worry no more because the God who existed during the days of the widow is the same God of today who will do the same for you.

As you are comforted by that, cling to these words: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, know that He will provide in their absence.

B Moments, completely

Here’s How God Reacts When You Trust Him

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God reacts when we trust Him completely.

Lately, we’ve been talking about being in a new season and, regardless of what season we’re in, how important it is to keep God first. Now I want to show you how God responds when we keep Him first in our lives and trust in Him completely.

As we know, the Israelites were always instructed to observe the Sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week when no one works. Yet the Israelites were also expected to recognize the Sabbath of the seventh year.

In the Sabbath year, they were not allowed to farm their land and had to let the land rest instead. In other words, the Israelites had to simply trust that God would provide for them for an entire year.

Here’s what’s significant. Farming their land was how the Israelites ate from day to day as well as how they provided for their families. So picture this. The Israelites walked by their own land every day for an entire year and resisted the urge to farm it, putting all their faith in God to provide for them.

Here’s how God responded. He allowed their land to produce two to three times more in that seventh year than it did any of the other years when their land was actually being farmed.

What situation have you partially turned over to God but now need to turn completely over to Him? As you think about that, remember these words: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

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So today, quite simply, trust Him completely.

B Moments, high

Your High Expectations Will Be Met

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping our expectations high.

Recently, we’ve been talking about being in a new season. We discussed having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow when it feels like we’re on the brink of something new. We also talked about the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey when we enter a new season as God sent the Holy Spirit as our Counselor.

However, one other thing I think we should do is have high expectations for our new season—high expectations that God will show up and show out. Recall the time that Peter was in jail during the Passover celebration. He was placed under the guard of four squads of four soldiers. In other words, he was in what we might call today a maximum security prison.

During that time, there was a gathering of believers who stayed up all night praying for Peter. We also know that in the middle of the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and led him out of prison.

Here’s the somewhat comical part. Peter left the jail and went to the home of the believers who had been up all night praying for him. When he knocked at the door, a servant girl named Rhoda answered. When she saw it was Peter, she was so shocked that she ran back to tell the others, leaving Peter standing outside.

When she ran back inside to tell everyone about Peter, they didn’t believe her and instead thought it was Peter’s angel at the door. They had been up all night praying but didn’t have high enough expectations that God would answer. Don’t let that happen to you in your new season. As you think about that, remember these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)

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So today, have high expectations.

B Moments, intimate relationship

God Hears Your Spoken and Unspoken Prayers

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

Scripture reference: Psalms 66:19 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about what is really going on when God answers our prayers.

In this series, we’ll be focusing on God’s intimate relationship with us. To gain a better understanding of just how intimate our relationship is with God, it’s important to understand His three key attributes.

God is omniscient, which means He knows everything about you. He’s omnipresent, which means He goes everywhere with you. And He’s omnipotent, which means He has the infinite power to fulfill the desires of your heart, if that is His will for you at that time.

David makes this level of intimacy even clearer in Psalm 139. He says, “Lord, you’ve examined my heart and you know everything about me. You know when I sit down and stand up. You know my every thought. You know what I’m about to say even before I say it.”

This prompted me to think about how God hears our prayers. Specifically, it made me recall the story about Abraham’s servant.

One day, Abraham put his servant on an important assignment where the stakes were very high. His servant was both fretful and exhausted, so he stopped to pray. God, of course, was with him. He knew what the servant would pray about before he opened his mouth. God answered his prayers before the servant even opened his eyes.

If you are a little tired and fretful, be comforted in knowing that you’re in an intimate relationship with God. He knows your prayers before you even utter them to Him. As you embrace that idea, cling to these words: “But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.” Pslams 66:19 (NLT)

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So today, know that God hears your prayers, both spoken and unspoken.

B Moments, repay

Let God’s Hand Repay Evil

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:17 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should let God’s hand repay evil and not ours.

Recently, I was talking about the story of David and Nabal. Nabal was a wealthy man who lived near the village of Carmel.

When David was near Carmel, he sent Nabal a friendly message asking for food and water for his men. Yet when Nabal received David’s message, he was drunk and called David and his men a band of outlaws.

Luckily, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, reached David first and convinced him not to kill her husband. David thanked her for her wise counsel and blessed her for preventing him from carrying out vengeance with his own hands.

After Abigail resolved matters with David, she returned home to find her husband still drunk. She decided to tell him everything that had happened the next day when he was sober.

However, when she told him how she had handled things with David, Nabal immediately had a stroke. The Scriptures say that ten days later, the Lord struck him and he died. When David learned of Nabal’s death, he praised the Lord for paying back Nabal and keeping David from doing it himself.

Are you on the fence about whether you should take matters into your own hands? If so, pass the situation from your hands to God’s and hold on to these words instead: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17 (ESV)

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So today, let only God’s hand repay any wrongdoings that have been done against you.

B Moments, reveals

Jesus Is Revealing Himself to You

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we never know who Christ will reveal himself through.

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about our journeys, which reminded me of the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As the Scriptures say, the two disciples were engaged in a serious discussion about the events that had taken place during the crucifixion of Christ and his resurrection. The men were sad about all that had happened to Christ.

As they were walking and talking, a third man appeared before them, and he questioned them about their conversation. As we read on in Luke 24, we see that this third man was Jesus himself, but the disciples didn’t recognize him because they didn’t have faith in him. It was only after Jesus went home with them and broke bread with them that they recognized him for who he was.

This prompted me to think about all of the ways Jesus reveals himself to us through other individuals that we fail to see. Thankfully, we learn that Jesus was very patient with the two disciples when they failed to see him. He walked several miles with them back to their village. He listened to them. He sat down and had dinner with them.

The question for us is, who is Jesus revealing himself through that we are missing? As we think about that, let us remember these words: “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (ESV)

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So today, don’t miss it when Jesus reveals himself to you.

B Moments, forget

Don’t Forget Christ’s Provision for You

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how quickly we forget.

In this series, we’re focusing on those things that Christ really wants us to remember. First, we must start by remembering him and his provision for his children.

However, here’s an example of how we can forget. Jesus was out in the wilderness teaching to a very large crowd of people and it started getting late. The disciples said to Jesus, “We’re in the wilderness, so let’s send the people back to the villages to buy food before it gets too late.”

Yet Jesus told them that was not necessary. He said, “We’ll feed the people here with what we have.” The disciples, of course, were astonished because they saw that they only had five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people.

Christ took the bread and fish, looked up to the heavens, gave thanks, and began to distribute the food. In the end, there was enough to feed everyone, and there were even bags of leftovers.

This was captured in the book of Matthew chapter 14. Fast forward to chapter 15, and a similar situation occurred. This time, it involved feeding about 4,000 people. Again, the disciples asked Jesus where they would get enough food for everyone out in the wilderness.

My initial thought was how quickly we forget. Jesus had just showed them how he could provide for 5,000 people in the wilderness, and they were questioning his ability to provide for 4,000.

As you lift up your prayers to God, have you too forgotten? Have you forgotten the masterful way that He provided for you once before and will do again? If so, remember these words: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11 (ESV)

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So today, remember.

B Moments, outcome

Detach from Your Outcome

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how detaching from the outcome may be easier than we think.

Recently, we’ve been talking about Joseph’s life, a man who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and wrongly imprisoned for twelve years. We know that even though Joseph ended up in some pretty dark places on his journey, like being enslaved and imprisoned, God was not only with him everywhere he went, but God also gave him special favor in those places.

We also know that although things sometimes happened to Joseph that seemed to have no rhyme or reason, in the end, Joseph’s story is a very beautiful one.

If we apply this thinking to our own lives, we see that despite how dark things may seem, God and His favor are always with us. Even though we may struggle through seemingly unrelated events, in the end, they are all woven into a beautiful story. Knowing these things makes it much easier to detach from the outcome.

Joseph teaches us to not get caught up on the when and how. He simply reminded himself constantly that God was orchestrating a greater plan for his life. We know that Joseph went from the prison cell to the palace in the same day—something he could not have orchestrated on his own.

Do you need to detach from a situation that is, in a sense, imprisoning you today? If so, remember these words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

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So today, go free and detach.

B Moments, unexpected

God Has Unexpected Good for You

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about God’s unexpected good.

We are wrapping up our series on God’s intimate relationship with us. We’ve been talking about how we are so connected to God that He knows just how to bless us. He knows your prayers, both spoken and unspoken. He knows when you are kind just for the sake of being kind, and He knows how to surprise you with a blessing in return.

Because we are in a relationship with God, there are some things that we have just come to expect from Him, such as Him answering our prayers. Yet there are also things we can’t expect God will send our way. This is God’s unexpected good, or the good that you didn’t even think to ask for.

This was certainly the case for Joseph. As we know, Joseph was an innocent man who was enslaved and imprisoned. His prayer was simply to be released from prison and to have his name restored after his innocence was proclaimed. He could envision these two things. He could wrap his mind around what it looked like to be a free man.

But, Joseph couldn’t envision God’s unexpected good for him. He didn’t know that God would make him governor of Egypt, reunite him with his family, and give him a loving wife.

Here’s the key. You can’t envision or anticipate God’s unexpected good since it is almost as if He pulls it from another universe. Therefore, continue to put God first in your life and remember these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

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So today, know that God has unexpected good for you.

B Moments, promptly

God Will Respond to Your Prayers Promptly

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

Today, I am reminding us about how promptly God responds.

In this series, I am thinking about all of the ways God will move to comfort us. One way He comforts us often is by hearing our prayers and responding to them promptly.

This was precisely the case for King Hezekiah, who strived to follow in the footsteps of King David. He also genuinely trusted in God as he took away all of the shrines and false gods that his people had been worshiping for years.

However, fourteen years into his reign, an enemy king named Sennacherib came against Judah. He demanded that Hezekiah pay him eleven tons of silver and one ton of gold. To get that much, Hezekiah had to take all of the silver from the temple and all of the gold off of the doors.

Yet even after Hezekiah paid him, Sennacherib came back asking for more. This time, he wanted to take over Judah entirely.

When Hezekiah learned this, he went to the temple, crying out before the Lord and begging God to open His ears to his prayers. God heard his cries and responded promptly. That very night, an angel of the Lord killed 185,000 men in Sennacherib’s army, including Sennacherib himself.

Whatever situation you need God to respond to, remember that you serve a God who has the ability to respond promptly. As you turn your situation over to Him, remember these words: “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

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So today, know that He is responding now.