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B Moments, hidden

Watch for God’s Hidden Hand in Your Life

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 (KJV)

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Today, I am reminding you about God’s hidden hand.

This is when you know for sure that an event or outcome of a situation was shaped by more than just chance. Esther’s story is a perfect example of God’s hidden hand. What is particularly interesting about the book of Esther is that it never mentions God by name, even though you can see His hand throughout the book.

Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia who was chosen to replace Queen Vashti, who had recently been exiled. The fact that Esther was Jewish was a big secret; it wasn’t even known to the king.

However, not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all of the Jewish people. This left Esther in a tight place. She needed to approach the king and make an appeal for the lives of the Jewish people without revealing her own identity.

During this time, her cousin Mordecai encouraged her to take some kind of action as he continually reminded her that she had been elevated to the palace for such a time as this. We see that even though God’s name isn’t mentioned, it is clear that His hand perfectly positioned her to not only save herself but also to save the Jewish people.

Esther’s story is a great reminder of how God is always at work on our behalf, working strategically behind the scenes and on multiple levels. Let us use this Scripture to show us what we need to do, which is: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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So today, watch for His hand.

B Moments, word

Following God’s Word One Day and Others’ the Next

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

Scripture reference: Luke 11:28 (ESV)

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Today, I am thinking about the importance of listening to God over others.

I had this thought as I was reading about a prophet to whom God had given a set of specific instructions. In the story, the man of God appeared before a king and warned him that the altar that he had set up to worship pagan gods would be split in two.

The king became furious with the man for making this prediction and began shouting and pointing his finger at him. Instantly, the king’s hand became paralyzed.

The king begged the prophet to appeal to God to heal his hand. The man honored the king’s request and his hand was healed. The king then apologized and said, “Would you please return to the palace with me? I will give you something to eat and present you with a special gift.”

However, God had instructed the man not to eat or drink any food from this particular town. So, that’s exactly what the prophet told the king. He said, “I can’t go with you because I can’t eat any of your food.” So in this instance, the prophet stood his ground.

Yet there was an old man who heard about how this prophet had restored the king’s hand. He too invited the prophet to come and eat with him.

Initially, the prophet declined and told him all about God’s instructions. But the man lied to him, saying that he too was a prophet and that an angel had appeared to him and said that it was okay for him to eat and drink. The prophet gave in, followed the false prophet, and ended up losing his life.

This is a very important lesson: God’s word is solid and it is all we have to stand on. To remember that, cling to these words: “…Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28 (ESV)

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So today, listen to God’s word.

B Moments, intervene

God Still Hasn’t Come to My Rescue

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

Scripture reference: Romans 8:28 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God could intervene, but He hasn’t.

We started the week talking about enduring what feels like unfair treatment by others. Today, we’re exploring what it feels like when the “unfair treatment” is coming from God.

All throughout the Bible, we’ve seen the hand of God take charge and turn around some of the most catastrophic situations—sometimes with only moments to go. For example, when He parted the Red Sea and the Israelites escaped Pharaoh’s army just in the nick of time. We also see God time and again extend His merciful hand to the sinful.

Yet it seems as though God’s hand remained still when it came to Job, a man whom God himself acknowledged as the finest man on earth but still allowed to suffer on so many levels.

You might wonder how God can divinely intervene for others, and yet, as faithful as you have been, remain so passive in a situation close to you. You may even be tempted to tell God that He’s being unfair.

However, it is important to remember two things. First, we should be encouraged that God is always at work. Even when it feels like His position is a passive one, He’s always working.

Second, in the case of Job, God was using his suffering for a higher purpose. The same is true for you. What feels like unfair treatment today is serving a higher purpose for your tomorrow.

Let us be encouraged as we hold onto this timeless verse: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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So today, know that it’s all for your good.

B Moments, work

God Is Always at Work in Your Life

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

Scripture reference: Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God is always at work. Despite what sometimes goes on around us, or even within us, we should cling to that thought.

This point was reinforced with me as I was reading about the story of Samson. Samson was chosen by God to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines. One day, Samson came home to his parents and said that he wanted to marry a Philistine woman, which his parents really objected to.

To put this in perspective, Samson’s mother could not conceive, but the angel of the Lord appeared before her and she was able to birth Samson. Therefore, Samson was their only child, and to see him marry a woman who was a pagan in their eyes was earth-shattering.

However, what they didn’t realize was that God was at work in Samson’s life the entire time. He even caused Samson to fall in love with the woman from Philistine.

Sometimes, we don’t see God’s hand up close, and we forget that His hands are always at work. So when we are confronted with a situation in our own lives that seems out of order, we have to gently remind ourselves that God is at work.

While we’re doing so, let us remember to cling to these words: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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So today, know that God is at work.

B Moments, heavenly light

Your Heavenly Light Inspires Others

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

Scripture reference: 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s loving hand can cause us to stand out.

When you put your faith in the Lord, there is a heavenly light on you. You easily stand out, and others recognize you—not because you are boastful, but because you are inspirational.

This was certainly the case with a woman named Rahab.

As Joshua was preparing to conquer the town of Jericho, he sent two spies to scope out the land ahead. During their journey, the two spies entered the house of the prostitute Rahab to hide. However, the King of Jericho immediately learned the whereabouts of two spies and ordered Rahab to turn over the men.

Yet Rahab was dishonest with the King and told him that the spies had been there, but that they were no longer with her—when they were, in fact, still hidden in her house.

That night, she confessed to them that she knew of their God and of the dry path He had created for them to cross the Red Sea when they were fleeing Egypt. She told them that she had seen the way He had helped them conquer the towns around Jericho, and that she was in awe of His greatness.

Rahab risked her life that night because she saw a heavenly light on these two men of God who were simply doing His work. Their absolute faith in the guidance and love of the Lord made her come to God.

Sometimes, God works through our lives so that we may inspire the lives of others. The light that shines on us awakens in others a desire to be close to the Lord.

The next time you need to be inspired to shine brightly, cling to these words: “You are a chosen people…he called out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)

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So today, quite simply, just shine; you never know who you’re inspiring.

B Moments, hovering

God’s Magnificence is Hovering Over You

B Moments, hovering

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

Scripture reference: Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Today, I want to remind us that God’s greatness is constantly hovering over us.

I feel the need to remind myself and others of this occasionally because there are times we fail to see His magnificence in the present; instead, we tend to see it in hindsight.

One way we can recall God’s glory is by looking at Moses’ life. When we reflect on his life, it is quite easy to see God’s hand and His grand presence.

We see it in Moses as an infant when his mother put him in the Nile river. Soon after he was set afloat, he was spotted by Pharaoh’s daughter and ended up being raised in the palace.

We also see God’s great presence working through Moses as he performed miraculous acts before Pharaoh. The Lord’s magnificent power was even evident in Moses when he was filled with overwhelming guilt after killing a man because he thought that God could no longer use him.

Moses’ life is a perfect example of how God’s greatness is constantly hovering over us. It may be in the form of protection, leadership, or education. Nonetheless, it is constantly there.

The key is to have the knowledge that His hand never leaves us, and that we are never separated from it. When we carry this knowledge, we become fully empowered every day, rather than forgetting and having to reflect back.

The next time we need to be reminded that God’s greatness is hovering over us, let us cling to these words: “Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

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So today, know that God is constantly hovering around you and within you.