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Get Your Umbrella Out for a Rainstorm of Blessings

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

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about how a rainstorm of blessings awaits you.

Recently we talked about the Lent season and how it’s the perfect time to remodel our prayers and to examine our spiritual growth. We said it’s like watching the before and after images of a house being remodeled on HGTV.

Keeping that same line of thinking, we know what it looks like when we remodel a room. Let’s say you wanted to open a room up so that more light could enter it; you would simply rearrange the furniture, moving those pieces that are obstructing the light.

Sometimes, moving just one piece of furniture can shift the energy of the entire room. The same can be true for our spiritual lives. We have to move out those things that are obstructing our light and that are blocking us from more.

This is what happened to the Israelites when Elijah confronted them. The Israelites had been enduring a severe drought and, during that time, they wavered back and forth between worshiping God and the false god Baal.

When the Israelites ultimately chose God, Elijah knew without a doubt that a shift in their circumstances would soon follow. They would go from a severe drought to a mighty rainstorm.

What is the one action that you need to take to create a shift in your life? Sometimes, we can see the need to repurpose a room, but we continue to walk past the room day after day. The same can be true for our lives. We see the need for a change, but we postpone taking action—all the while, postponing our mighty rainstorm of blessings.

As you think about that, remember these words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

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So today, get your umbrella out for a rainstorm of blessings.

B Moments, towdah

Practice Towdah: Praise God for Future Blessings

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about another way to praise God.

Recently, I learned one of the Hebrew meanings for the word praise. The word towdah means praise for things not yet received. The pastor I heard this from said that heaven looks favorably upon those who demonstrate this type of praise.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about Elijah, who surely knew how to thank God for those things not yet received. As we know, Elijah lived through a severe drought, yet he always believed that God would send rain—even when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

First, Elijah told King Ahab to go and enjoy a good meal because a mighty rainstorm was coming. At this point, Elijah had not seen a drizzle of rain, much less a downpour, but he demonstrated towdah anyway.

Next, Elijah instructed his servant to look toward the sea for rain, but the servant returned only to report that he didn’t see anything. Elijah sent the servant to look again and again, yet each time, he reported no sign of rain.

Finally, on the seventh time, the servant reported a tiny cloud, but still no rain. Elijah took this tiny cloud as a major sign and cautioned all the others that if they didn’t get home before the storm, the rain would stop them.

Soon, the clouds turned black and what Elijah praised God in advance for, came to pass. There was, in fact, a mighty rainstorm.

In what areas of your life do you need to demonstrate towdah? Are you praising God, or are you holding back because you haven’t seen enough yet? As you practice towdah today, cling to these words: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

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So today, towdah Him.

B Moments, see

Believe God’s Word, Not What You See

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

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we should proclaim what God told us despite what we see.

Lately, we’ve been studying Elijah’s journey during the severe drought. Despite the drought, which is what he experienced on a daily basis, Elijah focused on what he heard from God and proclaimed that.

First, Elijah told King Ahab to go and enjoy a good meal because a mighty rainstorm was coming. At this point, Elijah had not seen a drizzle of rain, much less a downpour, but he proclaimed it anyway because God had told him.

Next, Elijah instructed his servant to look toward the sea for rain, but the servant returned only to report that he didn’t see anything. Elijah sent the servant to look again and again, yet each time, he reported no sign of rain.

Finally, on the seventh time, the servant reported a tiny cloud, but still no rain. Elijah took this tiny cloud as a major sign and cautioned all the others that if they didn’t get home before the storm, the rain would stop them.

Elijah was a master of proclaiming what he heard from God and ignoring what his eyes didn’t see. Soon, the clouds turned black and what Elijah proclaimed came to pass. There was, in fact, a mighty rainstorm.

Think about what God has told you. Are you proclaiming it proudly, or are you holding off because you don’t see it yet?

As you focus more on what God said and less on what you see, remember these words: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, hold on to what He told you.