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B Moments, divine order

Everything Is in Divine Order

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking that when things seem out of order, they are, in fact, in divine order.

I had this thought as I was thinking about David’s story and the two promises God made to him. The first promise was that he would get the throne, and the second promise was that he would have an everlasting family line.

However, we know that even though he was eventually named king, David wasn’t crowned until thirteen years after God’s promise. Additionally, David did have an everlasting family line, but on more than one occasion, it dwindled down to just one or two family members.

Therefore, David’s life is an inspiring example of the fact that God always honors His word.

Personally, there are two types of situations that always rattle me: if things get down to the wire, and if things don’t happen when I expect them to. Yet, David’s life shows us that even though things sometimes appear out of order, they are always in divine order.

In order to keep myself from worrying, I occasionally picture an “Out of Order” sign in my head, then replace it with “Divine Order.” This helps me to remember that all-important idea that God always has it under control.

As you create your own visual today, cling to these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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So today, know that things are in divine order.

B Moments, uniquely prepared

God Has Already Uniquely Prepared You

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 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God has uniquely prepared you for His work.

In this series we’re addressing our inner child. Sometimes, we can feel like I want what I want when I want it. Other times, we experience feelings of inadequacy. In many instances, God is uniquely preparing us for something, but we can’t always see it when it’s happening.

I think this might have even been the case in David’s life. Prior to David defeating Goliath, he told King Saul that he wasn’t afraid and that he believed he could be the one to defeat Goliath. Saul didn’t believe him initially, but David insisted.

Finally, Saul gave in and immediately began to prepare David for battle. Saul’s way of preparing David was by giving him a bronze helmet and a coat of mail, which is a protective garment made of metal rings. He even strapped a sword over David.

David tried these things on for size and walked around for a little while, but he quickly became very uncomfortable. He told Saul that he had never worn such things before and that he couldn’t go into battle with them. He explained to Saul that when he watched over his father’s sheep and a lion or bear came to steal a lamb, he used his bare hands to club and attack the animal.

What he was really telling Saul is that he would rather trust the way that God had uniquely prepared him for that moment rather than lean on his human understanding with all of the extra armor.

Today, that’s how I want to encourage you. God might be preparing you for a greater assignment. All you have to do is follow this verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

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So today, know you are being uniquely prepared.

B Moments, GPS

Turn on Your GPS for God

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about seeking God for GPS-like directions.

Recently, I talked about things feeling a bit out of sorts. Some things seem on track one week and off track the next. It is during these times when my circumstances feel overwhelming that I can forget to seek God for direction.

Similar to how we use GPS to give us step-by-step directions, it is important to seek God in the same way—especially when feeling impatient or overwhelmed. This is exactly what David did when he fought the Philistines.

It is important to note that the Philistines had a military advantage over the Israelites because they had a monopoly on iron. This meant that they could easily arm themselves with swords and spears, whereas the Israelites could not. However, as David knew all too well, even when you’re at a disadvantage, you can prevail if you seek God’s direction.

When the Philistines conducted their first raid on Israel’s territory, David asked God, “Shall I go up against them? Will you give them to me in my hand?” God instructed David to go into battle and assured him that he would win the battle.

After this battle, the Philistines conducted another raid. However, David didn’t become overconfident. He sought God’s guidance once again. This time, God gave David specific instructions on how to attack the Philistines from the opposite direction. At each step, David knew that in order to prevail, he needed God’s guidance.

Where in your life do you especially need God’s guidance? As you think about that, remember these words: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

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So today, turn on your GPS for God.

B Moments, simple

Seeing the Importance of Your Simple Role

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)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how God can take a simple role and position you with it for greater.

We’re wrapping up our series on dealing with our inner child. Sometimes, our inner child can cause us to see our role as simple and make us miss the fact that our role in this life is very purposeful.

Recently, we’ve been talking about David’s transition to king and all that he endured between the time he was anointed king and the time he was appointed king. After David was anointed king by God, he would fulfill various roles that didn’t resemble a king at all.

For example, David often played the harp for Saul because as the spirit of the Lord left Saul, he went into bouts of deep depression. Therefore, David would play the harp for him to soothe his mind.

In another instance, David was a shepherd boy where most of his life’s work was tending sheep. In fact, there was a time when all David did was go back and forth between playing the harp for Saul and tending sheep. Meanwhile, David’s brothers appeared to have a more prominent role as they served in the army.

However, one day David’s father sent David to the battlefield to bring lunch to his brothers. It was this moment and all of those moments that seemed so simple that positioned David perfectly for one of the greatest accomplishments of his life: defeating Goliath.

Although you might feel like you’re in a simple role that’s not necessarily leading anywhere, have faith that God is leading you to greater by clinging to my favorite Scripture: “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, go forth knowing that God can take a simple role and turn it into greater.

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.

B Moments, tune out

Tune Out the Noise in the Midst of Chaos

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 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about tuning out the noise.

Recently, we talked about how trust and peace go hand in hand. In other words, when we trust God, a peaceful state will follow. We used Peter’s arrest as an example. Recall that Peter was surrounded by eighteen armed guards, yet he slept.

But sometimes, the need to find peace and to be at rest extends beyond a good night’s sleep. We should also strive for peace in the midst of chaos. This is what David did when he confronted Goliath.

When we read the Scriptures, we learn that the Philistines were on one side of a valley and the Israelites were on the other side as David made his way down to confront Goliath. Reading this, we can imagine there was a massive amount of noise in the valley.

As football season is upon us, I envision a football stadium filled with fans on each side. Yet instead of the fans cheering, they express loud and chaotic cries of fear and worry.

Despite the noise, David was steady as he approached Goliath. He was able to tune out the noise, standing still and strong. We know this to be the case because if his hand was shaking like a leaf, he wouldn’t have been able to strike Goliath with such precision.

David teaches us that standing in the center of our serenity empowers us, even in the midst of chaos. As you think about that, cling to these words: “…Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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So today, tune out the noise.

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, approval

Remember Whose Approval Matters Most

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 2:4 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about our inclination to seek approval.

In this series, we’ve been talking about how we interact with those in positions of power. Sometimes we are more inclined to seek approval from those in higher places.

Recently, I was talking about the time when David was on the run from King Saul. I talked specifically about how Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding. In that moment, David stepped forward to take Saul’s life, but then quickly decided not to do so.

Soon after Saul left, David ran out of the cave and towards Saul to make him aware of the good David had just done. In fact, David even called out to Saul, “Look, my father!” Notice how David still referred to the man who was trying to kill him as his father.

David then showed Saul a piece of Saul’s robe that he had cut off in the cave. David was trying to prove to Saul that while he had the chance to take Saul’s life, he chose not to seize the opportunity.

However, even though David tried to appeal to Saul, he did so after the the fact. In other words, he didn’t seek Saul’s approval until after he had already sought the approval of God.

Sometimes, we can work so hard to win the approval of others, especially those in a higher position, that we lose sight of who is ultimately in the position of power.

Therefore, let us remember who is ultimately in control as we cling to these words: “…so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (ESV)

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So today, remember whose approval really matters.

B Moments, job

I Could Achieve More Than Those in Charge

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how you feel when you know you could do a better job than the person in charge.

This series is focusing on how we interact with those who are in a place of power. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about how David interacted with Saul.

After David killed Goliath, Saul became very jealous of him and was obsessed with killing him. He feared that God would ultimately crown David king. Saul’s obsession with killing David kept David on the run.

One day, Saul walked into a cave where David and his men were hiding. David’s men whispered to him that this was a sign from God as it was the perfect opportunity to kill Saul.

David stepped forward to kill him, but then stopped in his tracks. He knew Saul was helpless. Despite knowing he was better fit to serve as king, David realized that it was better to allow God deal with Saul in His own way and in His own time.

Are you dealing with a person like this at work or in a social setting? You may sense their ill will towards you. You know you could run things better, and your peers would likely choose you over them.

However, David shows us how to take a higher path. He kept being the best person he could be and allowed God to deal with Saul in His own way and in His own time. Thanks to David’s patience, God did ultimately deal with Saul.

Especially during this time of Lent, release your situation into God’s hands and remember these words: “I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

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So today, make it less about you and them and more about you and Him.

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.