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B Moments, test

Are You Passing 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: James 1:12 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I have a question: Are you passing the test?

I thought of this question as I was studying in the book of Job. Job was a man of great character and wealth. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, many servants, and ten children he prayed for regularly.

One day, Satan appeared before God after he had roamed the earth. God asked Satan if he had seen his servant Job. God described Job as a blameless and upright man who turned away from evil.

However, Satan said that Job was only that way because God had blessed him and put a hedge around all of his possessions. Satan said that if God were to take it all away, Job will surely curse Him. So, the Lord told Satan that he could take all that Job possessed.

In the first chapter, Satan took Job’s property and children. The Scriptures say that one messenger came up from the south to tell Job about the loss of his property. Then, while the first messenger was still speaking, another messenger arrived, this time from the north, to tell him about the tragic loss of his children.

Job was getting tragic news from all directions and was surely being tested. The good news is that Job passed his test, and everything in his life was restored to an even better state than before.

The same can be true for you. The question is, are you passing today’s test? If you need words to inspire you, hold onto these: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, pass your test.

B Moments, last laugh

God Will Give You the Last Laugh

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

Scripture reference: Romans 12:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God will give you the last laugh.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Hannah’s story. Hannah was one of two wives to Elkanah. Elkanah’s other wife, Peninnah, could bare children and would always tease Hannah about being barren. Each year, Elkanah would take his family to the tabernacle to present a sacrifice before the Lord, and afterwards, they would have a family dinner together.

Let’s imagine the scene at that dinner table. Hannah is seated at a dinner table with a woman who teases her all the time, telling her things such as, “God has closed your womb.” This woman is also married to her husband and has children for him. Hannah, on the other hand, wants to have children but can’t.

This family dinner ritual went on for years. Peninnah would taunt Hannah so much that she would end up crying during most of the dinner and not eating at all.

However, in His divine time, God would bless Hannah—not with one child but with seven, turning Hannah’s tears of anguish to tears of joy. As for Peninnah, as the Scriptures say, “Those who were mighty are no longer mighty.”

God gave Hannah the last laugh and know that He will do the same for you as long as you keep the faith. As you think about that, remember these words: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves…’Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (ESV)

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So today, get ready to laugh.

B Moments, precious

Consider Our Precious Little Ones

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:44-45 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about our precious little ones.

I have been very moved by the recent images at the United States-Mexico border of children being separated from their families, crying and begging from cages for their parents’ return. These images that are flooding our airways have prompted me to remind us of how Christ sees children.

As we know from the Scriptures, it was common for parents to bring their children to Christ for healing. In Mark 10, parents were bringing their children to Jesus when his disciples rebuked them and told them not to bother Jesus.

When Jesus heard this, he was very displeased with his disciples. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14 (NIV)

Then, Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them, and blessed each child one by one.

Sometime thereafter, the disciples were arguing about who would be the greatest in God’s kingdom. Jesus brought a child to stand among them and said, “whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4 (NIV)

It is clear that Christ valued children. In fact, he even wanted his adult children to emulate their humble, innocent faith. So while every country must be governed by its laws, I’m certain there is another solution to this issue without traumatizing our precious little ones.

Let us remember these words: “‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger…and not help you?’ [Jesus responds], ‘…when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’” Matthew 25:44-45 (NLT)

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So today, let’s see our precious children as Christ sees them.

B Moments, unimaginable

God Will Bless You in Unimaginable Ways

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God will bless you in ways you haven’t even imagined.

I’ve often heard the saying that you can’t dream a big enough dream for God to answer. Each time I would hear this, I would feel hopeful, but also a little guilty. I would conclude that since I had so much to be thankful for, I should just be content with what I possessed. Yet Hannah’s story teaches me differently.

Hannah was married to Elkanah, who loved her very much—even though the Lord had given her no children. Elkanah also had another wife, Peninnah, who had several children for him. Hannah would often pray to God for a child while Peninnah taunted and teased her for not having any.

One day, Hannah went to the tabernacle to pray, and as she was praying and crying profusely, a priest, thinking she was drunk, condemned her. Peninnah teased her, the priest condemned her, but God understood her. Even though God blessed Hannah with a loving husband, He also understood that she was not quite content.

Hannah prayed for one child, but God blessed her with five. She would even become mother to Samuel, who was the first prophet of Israel. In other words, God blessed her in ways she hadn’t even imagined.

Think about that situation you want God to bless you with beyond your wildest dreams and cling to these words: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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So today, get radical with your prayer requests and see how God responds.

B Moments, giving

You Can’t Beat God at Giving

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)

Today, I am thinking about how we can’t beat God giving.

This week, I’ve been thinking about Hannah’s story. Hannah was a barren woman who had been praying to God for years, asking Him to bless her with a child. She even made a vow to God that if He blessed her with a son, she would give him back to God as His servant, and he would grow up in the house of the priest Eli.

After many years, God blessed Hannah with a son, and as soon as he was weaned, Hannah followed through on her vow. She brought the child to the tabernacle to live with the priest.

What I noticed when I read the story is that in addition to sacrificing her son, Hannah also brought a young bull to sacrifice to the Lord. She was so grateful for what God had done for her that she wanted to go above and beyond to express her gratitude to Him. She wanted Him to know that she knew her son came straight from Him.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve realized it is that we can’t beat God giving. As soon as we go above and beyond for Him, He does it even more for us. For example, Hannah’s first son, Samuel, went on to become the first prophet of Israel, and God went on to bless Hannah with six more children.

Therefore, lift someone else’s spirit who needs to be reminded of God’s goodness rather than trying to outdo Him by giving. As you do so, cling to 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, remember that you can’t beat God giving.

B Moments, grand

Expect a Grand Answer from God

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 how God is working it out, but in a grander way.

Sometimes, I need to be reminded of this because there are times I expect God to come through one door, or believe He’s going to deliver within a certain timeframe, and He doesn’t. During these times, I need to be inspired that He will answer my prayers.

The truth is, He’s going to answer in a grander way than I could have ever imagined.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of none other than Hannah. Hannah prayed to God for years for a child. This was made even harder because she was married to Elkanah whose other wife could bear children. Elkanah’s other wife constantly teased Hannah about being childless, which only added to Hannah’s heartbreak.

One day, Hannah was even thought to be drunk in the synagogue because one of the priests witnessed her crying and praying so profusely. However, she was simply pleading with God that her prayers would be answered.

Yet after Hannah’s years of faithfulness, God still did not deliver in the way and in the timeframe that Hannah had prayed for. He delivered in His own time, but He delivered in a much grander way than Hannah could have believed.

Hannah not only had one child, but she had five! One of those children even became the first prophet of Israel.

So today, let us be encouraged that while God may not be working something out according to our timetable, He’s working it out in a much grander way for us. Let us cling to 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 it is happening in a grander way.

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Giving Thanks Along the Way

b moments, moment

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

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Today I am feeling grateful for those milestones that we don’t tend to celebrate. The other day I walked into my son’s bathroom and saw a note on his bathroom mirror he had written to himself. It read: “Don’t give up. It will be worth it.”

To put this note in context, my son is sitting for the ACT exam, a college entrance test. This time around, he’s pushing to gain a higher score. In addition to studying on the weekends, he’s also been studying before and after school.

His note of encouragement to himself spoke to me. While he’s been under our roof, he’s learned that if you want something you have to work for it. He’s also developed a sense of resiliency.  He understands that if he didn’t get the result that he wanted the first time, he should simply try again.

His note also taught me something about gratitude. It taught me that I shouldn’t wait to give thanks only for the major milestones such as when my son graduates from high school, or gets accepted into the college of his dreams.  Instead, I am learning that I need to celebrate those moments along the way to achieving those significant life milestones.

The Words that I will use to remind me are simply, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to give thanks for those moments that lead up to you achieving those significant milestones.