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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)

Transcription:

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, good deed

Your Good Deed Will Lead You There

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about when you’re unsure of where your good deed will lead.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the good deed Esther’s cousin Mordecai did on behalf of the king. One day, Mordecai overheard two eunuchs plotting the assassination of the king. He told Queen Esther of their plot, and she passed the information along to the king.

The king did an extensive investigation and found that what Mordecai had said was true; there really was a plot on his life. Esther told the king that Mordecai was the one responsible for uncovering the assassination plot, yet Mordecai’s good deed was not acknowledged at the time.

Oddly enough, shortly thereafter there was a plot to have Mordecai killed. Yet as God would have it, the night before Mordecai was to be executed, the king realized that he had still not done anything for Mordecai, who had saved his life. So, Mordecai’s good deed was not only rewarded, but it was rewarded at the most appropriate time.

Sometimes, we do a good deed and don’t see a return, but we need to remember that God always sees what we do and that our good deeds bring us even closer to Him. As you think about how God is working through you and in your life, hold onto these words: “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, remember where your good deed leads.

B Moments, wire

Are Things Getting Down to the Wire?

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

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about those times when things get down to the wire.

If there’s one situation that can rattle me it is when things get down to the wire. Yet over the years, I’ve learned to remind myself of two things.

One: I serve a promise-keeping God; and two: God can do His best work when things get down to the wire. That’s likely because, as the saying goes, I am no longer trying to fix, manage, and control things, but I have come to a place of surrender.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about David’s life and how things got down to the wire for him on more than one occasion. In the first instance, God had promised David that he would be crowned king.

We know that David was named king, but he wasn’t crowned king until thirteen years later. It was during these intervening years that he might have thought that God had rescinded His promise or had second thoughts, but we know that in the end, David was crowned king.

The second instance was when God promised David that he would have an everlasting family line. Yet on more than one occasion, David’s family dwindled. It got down to the wire with just one or two family members. Yet in the end, David had an everlasting family line.

If you feel like things are down to the wire for you, let me comfort you with God’s promise to you: “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. …If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…will he not much more clothe you?” Matthew 6:28-30 (NIV)

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So today, remember that you serve a promise-keeping God.

B Moments, excess

Avoid Letting Excess Creep into 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: 1 John 4:4 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about how excess can creep into our lives.

In this series, we’ll be taking a closer look at Solomon’s life. Shortly after Solomon was named king, God appeared to him in a dream and asked, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you.”

Solomon said, “Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well.” God replied, “I will give you what you ask for—a wise mind—and I will also give you what you didn’t ask for—riches and honor.”

Just imagine God appearing to you in a dream and telling you, “I will give you what you ask for and even what you didn’t ask for.” What more could you desire? How could that not be enough?

But for Solomon, it wasn’t enough. Solomon’s lifestyle soon became excessive. He had 700 wives, 300 concubines, 1,400 chariots, and 12,000 imported horses. So, what happened to Solomon? Why all of this excess?

Solomon began to allow the influences of the world to dictate his value. These influences pulled him further and further away from God. When this happens, emptiness is sure to follow. Solomon tried to fill his emptiness, but with the wrong things—just one more wife, just one more chariot.

Do you find yourself in a place where you think just one more hour of work, one more gadget, one more pair of shoes will do the trick? Let’s take it from Solomon that it won’t. If excess has started to creep into your life, remember these words: “…for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (ESV)

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So today, let go of excess.

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, reason

There Is More to Your Story

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 when things happen to us that appear to have no rhyme or reason.

Recently, we’ve been studying Joseph’s life. During the time Joseph was in prison, he met the king’s cupbearer.

One day, the cupbearer had a dream, so he asked Joseph to interpret the dream for him. Joseph told him that his dream meant he would be getting out of prison very soon.

In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to have pity on him once he was released and to tell the king that he was an innocent man. Yet once the cupbearer got out of prison, he forgot all about Joseph.

In your life, have you ever wrongly believed that you found the solution to your less than ideal situation? You might believe that the reason you met a person was to solve your crisis, but in the end, you may find that the person was not the answer.

During these times, you might wonder why you encountered the person in the first place. You may even conclude that sometimes things happen to you without rhyme or reason.

However, I would encourage you to see things differently because it is not the end of your story. You can see evidence of this in the fact that all of the seemingly unrelated events that Joseph dealt with ultimately ended up being part of a beautiful story.

If you feel like things are just happening to you and not for you, hang on because there is definitely more to your story. As you remember that, hold onto 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 there is more to your story.

B Moments, give

Give God the Glory He Is Due

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 4:10-11 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today as I am still on the road, I am thinking about the importance of giving God the glory.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I see that this is exactly what the prophet Elisha did when he performed one of his miracles. In this instance, there was a man named Naaman, who was the commander of the Syrian army. Naaman was known as a mighty man of valor, but he was also a leper.

Initially, Naaman was told that the king of Israel could heal him. Given that he was a Syrian, he had to get special permission to approach the king of Israel. Once he received permission, he approached the king with many gifts and asked him sincerely to heal him of leprosy. The king, in astonishment, tore his clothing and asked, “Am I God?” In other words, he acknowledged the fact that he had no power to heal Naaman.

When Elisha heard about the situation, he sent for Naaman and healed him himself. In return, Naaman offered Elisha gifts. However, Elisha refused them because he didn’t want to take personal responsibility for Naaman’s healing. Elisha wanted Naaman to understand that it was God who worked through him to heal his leprosy. Instead of accepting the gifts, Elisha chose to give God the glory.

As you think about that, remember these words: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another…that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

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So today, know that great things happen when you give God the glory.

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, 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)

Transcription:

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.