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B Moments, waiting period

Don’t Be Tricked: 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, if He’s changed His mind, or if the timing isn’t right. 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, 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, 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, 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)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

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

B Moments, acts of kindness

God Sees Your Acts of Kindness

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

Scripture reference: Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God responds to our acts of kindness.

In this series, we’re focusing on God’s intimate relationship with us. When we think about our acts of kindness, we can probably recall quite a few times we have gone the extra mile for another without the expectation of receiving anything in return. In fact, the other person may not have even known the extent to which we inconvenienced ourselves.

Here’s the key. Given God’s intimate relationship with you, He knows it all. It is just when you are kind for the sake of being kind that He will surprise you and bless you abundantly.

This was the case for Rebekah. One day, Abraham directed his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant loaded up ten camels with all sorts of gifts for the future wife.

When he reached a small town, the servant met a woman named Rebekah and asked her for a drink of water. She not only provided a drink for him, but she offered water to his ten camels too. We can only assume to what extent Rebekah inconvenienced herself to provide water for all ten camels.

Soon after that, the servant asked Rebekah if she would marry Isaac and she said yes. It’s interesting how Rebekah starts out in a servant’s role but ends up as the future daughter-in-law of Abraham, which means she became a very rich woman.

You have an intimate relationship with God, so He knows the perfect way to reward your acts of kindness. As you embrace that idea, remember these words: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)

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So today, know that God sees your acts of kindness.

B Moments, father

Honor Both Fathers and Father Figures

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

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

For all my dad B Moment listeners out there, we are honoring you today! Happy Father’s Day!

When I think about fathers from a scriptural perspective, I think about Abraham because God ordained Abraham as the father of many nations. When we recall some of the highlights of Abraham’s life, we see that he was incredibly faithful.

For example, Abraham demonstrated a blind faith when he journeyed more than a thousand miles away from his homeland with no idea where he was going. He only knew that God was ordering his steps. Abraham also exhibited his faith when he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice by giving up his son Isaac because it was God’s will.

However, if we look honestly at Abraham’s life, we see a man who also had flaws. While he was a man who mostly obeyed God, there were times when he disobeyed Him too. He sinned when he slept with his servant, and again when he claimed that Sarah was his sister instead of his wife.

Despite this, God still acknowledged Abraham and did not withdraw His promises from him. Instead, He blessed Abraham with a son in his old age, and Abraham is still known as the father of many.

Sometimes, we have to apply this principle to our actual fathers. For some of us, our dads could do no wrong. Our eyes weren’t big enough to see them. For others of us, including myself, we did not see our fathers. On this day, let’s transcend that and embrace the idea of seeing our fathers as God sees them.

As you reflect on that, remember these words: “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, take time to honor the fathers and father figures in your life.

B Moments, brotherly love

Practice Showing Your Brotherly Love

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about brotherly love.

We’re wrapping up our series on love. We started with the depths of a mother’s love and talked about how some of her sacrifices are obvious while others can go unseen and unspoken. We then discussed how the same is true for God’s love. Sometimes His hand can appear front and center, and other times He shows His love to us behind the scenes.

Now, I am thinking about the term philia, which is the Greek word for brotherly or affectionate love. If we really love God unconditionally, this is how we should show up for His children; we should be sure to show them brotherly love. When I think about this, I think about the dispute between Abraham and his nephew Lot.

Abraham and Lot lived in the same area and were both wealthy men as they had a number of sheep and cattle to manage. In fact, they had so many animals that each outgrew their own pastures, which caused the herdsmen for both men to argue over space.

One day, Abraham went to Lot and told him that they needed to stop arguing because they were family. To that end, he asked Lot to choose whatever portion of land he desired to live on, and Abraham would move his family and cattle to reside somewhere else.

Abraham not only demonstrated brotherly love, but he did it under heated circumstances. Lot, on the other hand, responded in a very selfish way. He chose the most fertile land near the Jordan Valley and made Abraham move to a new area.

Yet in the end, we see that Abraham made the better choice as Lot chose land near Sodom, a city God would ultimately destroy. As we think about brotherly love, let us hold onto these words: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 (ESV)

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So today, go show some brotherly love.

B Moments, backup plan

To Trust God Entirely, Toss Your Backup Plan

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

Scripture reference: James 1:6 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how we can sometimes keep a backup plan to our prayers.

Lately we’ve been talking quite a bit about prayer. For example, I talked about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t prayed for or even imagined. That said, I also think it’s fair to examine why your prayer might go unanswered.

One reason a prayer might go unanswered is because it is not in alignment with God’s will. Another reason may be because we haven’t let go of our own backup plan. This is the plan that we create just in case God doesn’t come through. We are most likely to create a backup plan when the stakes seem high.

This was certainly the case for Sarah, Abraham’s wife. During this 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 executed her own backup plan. She had her servant Hagar sleep with Abraham in the hope that she could give him a son.

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 for which you, even subconsciously, have a backup plan? If so, you might want to revisit your approach and cling to these words: “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.” James 1:6 (NLT)

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So today, trust God entirely and toss out your backup plan.

B Moments, blind faith

Embrace Your Blind Faith and Take that Journey

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will reward your faithfulness.

For most of this week, we’ve been talking about sacrifices. Today, I’m reminding us of how God rewards those sacrifices. Sometimes, our sacrifices even resemble a blind faith because we’re not sure what will come of them.

When I think about blind faith and sacrifices, look no further than Abraham’s life. God directed Abraham to leave the town of Ur and journey to a new home. This new home would be more than a thousand miles away.

Abraham had to make many sacrifices along the way for the lengthy trip, but he demonstrated a blind faith by taking the journey anyway. He placed less emphasis on where he was going and more emphasis on who he was following.

Abraham is the perfect example of how the blind faith we show and the sacrifices we make really do please God. In fact, God ultimately went on to call Abraham the father of many nations. Through his story, we see that when we sacrifice and demonstrate a blind faith, we are in fact seeking God.

The words that inspire me and remind me that our faith will be rewarded are very simply: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

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So today, go with confidence knowing that God will reward your faithfulness.

B Moments, following

It’s Not the Destination, but Who You Follow

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about when only God’s will is clear.

In this circumstance, you believe that God has directed you to a new path, so you’re clear about the “what.” However, you’re still unclear about how and when things all come together.

Personally, this is a bit of a celebratory moment for me because it wasn’t too long ago that I was praying to God for His will to be revealed to me. Now, I find myself praying to know how and when it will all come together.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I look to Abraham. God directed Abraham to leave the town of Ur and journey towards a new home that was more than a thousand miles away. During this extensive journey, I have to believe that Abraham had questions upon questions.

However, Abraham placed less emphasis on where he was going and more emphasis on who he was following. He is a perfect example of how this type of blind faith pleases God, since we know that ultimately God named Abraham father of many nations.

Join me in kicking off the new year with a blind trust in God, and remember these words as you do so: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

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So today, remember that it’s not where you’re going as much as who you are following.

B Moments, name

Your Spiritual Walk Is Continually Evolving

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

Scripture reference: Colossians 1:10 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about the importance of not getting stuck on our spiritual journey.

One thing I have noticed from studying the Scriptures is that certain people of God have their names changed over time. For example, Abraham started out with the name Abram, but God eventually gave him the new name Abraham, which means “father of many nations.” Similarly, his wife, Sarai, became Sarah, meaning “princess.”

What was especially interesting to me was that their names changed after they received God’s miracle. In the case of Sarah and Abraham, their names changed following the miracle of Sarah giving birth so late in life.

In other words, their own names no longer seemed fitting for where God was taking them, or for the new blessings He bestowed upon them. This inspires me to keep pressing forward and to keep evolving spiritually, just like Sarah and Abraham.

In my book, Blues to Blessings, the last chapter is titled “8 Suzettes Ago.” By this I mean that I want my spiritual walk twenty years from now to look vastly different than what it looks like today. This means that my spiritual relationship is steadily evolving, the beautiful and the ugly intertwining, producing a completely new version of myself that grows in spiritual depth.

The words that I will cling to are: “The way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10 (NLT)

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So today, what name best characterizes your spiritual walk?