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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, advent

Rejoice: You Already Have God’s Grace!

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

Today, I am rejoicing at the thought that we don’t have to earn God’s grace; we already have it.

We’re well into the Advent season as we’re one week before Christmas. The term Advent is derived from the Latin word meaning “coming.” This is especially fitting because the Advent season is filled with the spirit of expectation.

As I think about this special season, I think about the Jewish people who lived before Christ came and what they longed for. These people were under heavy Roman oppression, and they wanted badly to be delivered by a Messiah.

However, they thought this was something that could only be earned. They thought the Messiah would come only if they could keep the Sabbath for four consecutive weeks. The problem for them was that the Mosaic law was so difficult at that time that it was tough to honor this law for even a single day, much less four consecutive weeks. Therefore, they lived with unfulfilled expectations.

Yet I am rejoicing this morning because our Christ did come. He came as our redeemer and was sent to us as a loving gift—not as a reward for good behavior. We could never earn this kind of love no matter what we did.

The words that I use to remind me of this are: “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no reason for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

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So today, rejoice that you can’t earn God’s grace; you already have it.

B Moments, pendulum

Swing the Pendulum of Favor Your Way

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

Scripture reference: Psalm 91:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what it takes to swing the pendulum of favor our way.

There may be times when we are preparing for a big moment in our life, and everything is riding on our performance. Even one misstep could be very costly. In these moments, I think about Esther’s story.

Esther was a young Jewish girl who had been chosen to replace the queen. Not long into her reign, however, Esther had to face the king to save not only herself, but her entire race.

As Esther waited to meet with the king, she planned—but she also did something that was very instructive three days before her meeting. Esther prayed and fasted for three consecutive days. In fact, she even asked others to pray and fast on her behalf.

Therefore, when Esther went in to meet with the king, she was not only prepared mentally, but she was also fortified spiritually. By getting in the presence of God, praying, and fasting, she gained the power to swing that pendulum in her favor.

Sometimes, we prepare mentally for an important event, then say a simple, thirty-second prayer and expect amazing things to happen. However, making sure we are prepared spiritually is just as significant.

The next time we have a lot riding on our performance, let’s remember to get quiet and dwell in the presence of God to fortify ourselves. Let us cling to these words: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 (ESV)

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So today, swing the pendulum of favor your way.

B Moments, oath

God’s Promise Is a Binding Oath

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

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about how God’s promise is like a binding oath.

This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a time of year when we come together with family and friends to give thanks and to serve those in need. Quite honestly, while I have so much to be thankful for, there is still a prayer of mine that is unanswered, so my heart is heavy today.

God knows that I am struggling, which is why I believe He led me to the book of Hebrews. Hebrews was written in the first century when people were being persecuted for their belief in Christ. Due to that persecution, many of these Jewish Christians were considering renouncing their Christian faith and returning to the safety of Judaism.

The book of Hebrews is a letter to these new Christians, urging them to keep their faith and to see God’s word as more than a mere promise and instead as a binding oath. When a person takes an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. Hebrews 6 tells us that God also bound Himself with an oath so that we could be assured that He would never change His mind.

Therefore, on a day when my heart is heavy and I feel as though I don’t have too many answers, I do know that God is just and that His word is like a binding oath. So if you too are in a place where you need your hope rekindled, join me in clinging to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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So today, let’s give thanks that our Father’s word is a binding oath.

B Moments, limbo

Even in Limbo, God Is Fixing Things

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)

Today, I am thinking about what it feels like to be in limbo.

Limbo is that moment when you feel like you’ve done everything you can to get the ball down the field, but now you need God to help you get that ball into the end zone. However, I have learned from my own personal experience that my idea of fixing a situation is usually one dimensional, whereas God’s ways are much more strategic and multi-dimensional.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Esther. 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 secret; it was even unknown to the king.

However, not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all Jewish people. This left Esther in a very bad place. She needed to approach the king and make an appeal for the lives of the Jewish people, but she didn’t want to risk revealing her own identity.

When you think about this, she was perfectly positioned to make the appeal to the king. In this, we see that God fixes things strategically, on multiple levels, and sometimes long before we even begin to pray about a situation. Just as He fixed this situation and saved all of the Jewish people’s lives, He will fix the problems in your life as well.

Let us cling to these words today: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)

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So today, allow God to be your fixer-in-chief.

B Moments, mercy

Always Show Others Mercy and Compassion

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

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus expects us to show mercy to one another.

Recently, we sent an inspiring message to our brothers and sisters in Texas who recently endured Hurricane Harvey and its grueling aftermath. We also have been watching the scenes on TV, observing everyday people helping one another. In fact, very little seems to divide us in times of tragedy.

However, Jesus teaches us that we don’t have to wait for a time of tragedy to show compassion and mercy to our brothers and sisters. This is seen particularly clearly in Jesus’ illustration of the Samaritan man.

In the story, a Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by a group of bandits. They stripped him of his money and his clothes, beat him badly, and left him for dead on the side of the road.

A Jewish priest came along, saw his injured form, and crossed over to the other side of the road. Shortly thereafter, a temple assistant walked over, looked down at the man, and then went on his way.

After some time, a Samaritan man came along, knelt down beside the injured man, soothed his wounds with medicine, bandaged him up, and paid for him to stay at an inn where he could heal even further.

When Jesus finished telling this story to a man he was teaching, he asked him which of the three men had been a neighbor to the man in need. The student quickly answered that it was the one who had shown him mercy. Jesus replied that he was correct and asked him to go out into the world and do the same.

As we’re thinking about our fellow brothers and sisters, let us cling to these words: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to show a little more mercy and compassion.

B Moments, higher

God Calls You for a Higher Purpose

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

Scripture reference: Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God has a higher calling for our lives.

Before Jesus’ crucifixion, there was a time when he wanted to stay completely out of Judea because the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. During this time, there was a festival going on in Judea that Jesus’ brothers, who didn’t believe in him, wanted him to attend. They taunted Jesus by rudely saying he should go where his followers could see his miracles.

However, Jesus gave them a very interesting response. He said that it was not the right time for him to go to Judea, but that they could go at any time and it would not make a difference.

Jesus’ response to his brothers underscores the point that Jesus had a higher calling on his life.

This is also true for those who choose to follow Christ. What may be an acceptable action for others, may not be an acceptable action for us. This is because there is a higher calling on our lives.

Another very important part of this story is that Jesus did not give them a soft no when he refused to go to Judea. He gave them a real, matter-of-fact response.

Sometimes, we answer with a soft no because we don’t want to be too direct. Yet, this is the time when we have to take a stand and be direct. We have to stand by our faith and by God’s higher calling for us.

So the next time we need to stand firm and cling to our higher calling, let us remember these words: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)

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So today, don’t do what the masses do because there is a higher calling on your life.

b moments, perfectly

God’s Strategy

b moments, strategy

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)

Today I am thinking about what it feels like to be in limbo. It’s that state when you feel you’ve done everything you can to get that ball down the field but now you need God to help you get the ball into the end zone.

Sometimes I struggle with asking for help, even from God. I’ll have the perfect vision of how things should be fixed. Nonetheless, I have learned from experience that my idea of how to fix things can be one-dimensional where as God’s purpose is strategic and multi-dimensional.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think of Esther. Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia, chosen to replace the previous queen, Vashti, who had been exiled from the kingdom. When Esther was brought to the palace, her racial identity was unknown to the king and those around her. She was told by her uncle, who had raised her, to keep that part of herself secret.

Not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all those of Jewish descent within the bounds of the Persian empire. Esther found herself in the position of needing to approach the king and appeal for the lives of her people. Of course, Esther would risk revealing her identity while making her appeal to the king.

When you think about it, what were the chances that this young Jewish girl would be placed in the court of the King of Persia, just at this time? She was perfectly positioned to save her people.

But this is how God fixes things.

Strategically.

On multiple levels.

Sometimes long before we even begin to pray about a situation.

So the Words that I use to calm me when I begin to worry are, “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, stop fretting and choose God as your Fixer-in-Chief, and let Him take over the strategy.