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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, spin

Avoid Putting Your Own Spin on God’s Will

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how sometimes we can put our own spin on fulfilling God’s will.

In this series, we are talking about embracing God’s will and about how sometimes we can miss the mark. King Saul’s life is a perfect example of this.

One day, Saul was given specific instructions from God to go and destroy the Amalekites. The Amalekites were being killed because of their opposition to the Israelites when they came from Egypt.

Saul was instructed to kill the entire nation, including the cattle, sheep, and donkeys—everything. Yet when Saul mobilized his army of 200,000, he slaughtered the Amalekites but spared the king and kept all the cattle, despite God’s clear instructions.

When Samuel, the prophet, questioned Saul about it, he said that he had obeyed the Lord. In fact, he said that he intended to sacrifice the cattle before the Lord.

However, God didn’t ask Saul to sacrifice; He asked him to obey. Partial obedience is not obedience. Saul fulfilled part of God’s will and put his own spin on the rest.

How often do we do this? We fulfill part of what God is asking us to do and then we try to overcompensate in another area. If that might be you today, let these words inspire you: “…so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (ESV)

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So today, avoid putting your own spin on God’s will and just embrace it.

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.