Focusing on the Rearview Mirror

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Israelites said to Moses and Aaron, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’”

The Israelites were hungry. They were so hungry that they wished they still were in Egypt where at least their stomachs were full.  What hunger has surfaced for you in the midst of a wilderness experience. Have you hungered for the known, even if it wasn’t ideal?  Have you hungered to return to the past, even though you know you can’t? Continue reading Focusing on the Rearview Mirror

Spiritual Survival Rule

Thursday, March 14, 2019

“The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.”

The Israelites had just experienced a miraculous escape from the Egyptian army with the parting of the Red Sea. They had danced and celebrated, but three days into the wilderness of Shur they began to complain. Moses cried out to God and God satisfied their thirst at the springs of Elim. Yet, their journey continued into the wilderness of Sin and once again the whole congregation of the Israelites complained to  Moses and Aaron because they were hungry. They people must have known the Rule of 3 for Survival: Continue reading Spiritual Survival Rule

God is Not Far Off

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.” [Psalm 22:27]

You might remember that Psalm 22 begins with these words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet, you probably don’t know how this psalm ends. Here is the last verse, “Future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that God has done it.”  How does the psalmist go from feeling forsaken to proclaiming God’s deliverance to people yet unborn? Continue reading God is Not Far Off

Fear of the Lord

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring stand in awe of the Lord, all you offspring of Israel.” [Psalm 22:23]

Throughout scripture we are told again and again to “fear the Lord,” as we are in this verse of Psalm 22. Yet, in 1 John 4:18 we read, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment.” Holding the psalmist’s words and John’s words in tension gives us a fuller understanding of what the phrase “fear of the Lord” actually means. Continue reading Fear of the Lord

Getting Your Attention

Monday, March 11, 2019

Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great site, and see why the bush is not burned up.” [Exodus 3:3]

How does God get your attention?  I haven’t had a burning bush, but the beauty of nature certainly gets my attention and focuses my thoughts on God.  I marvel at the natural life that thrives in and around the pond that was created in my backyard. Over twenty birds were frolicking in the streams the other morning and they seemed just delighted. Continue reading Getting Your Attention

God Hears Our Cries

Sunday, March 10, 2019
“The the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have hear their cry on  account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them.’”

[Exodus 3:7-8a]
In the first chapter of Exodus we read, “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”

The new king feared the numerous, Israelites, so he positioned taskmasters over them and instructed them start to systemically oppressing the Israelites. Even so, the Israelites continued to thrive. Years past and the king died, only to have a new Pharaoh placed over them. Then the text tells us that God heard the cries of the Israelites. How comforting is it for you to know that God hears our cries? Continue reading God Hears Our Cries

Led into the Wilderness

Saturday, March 9, 2019

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” [ Luke 4:1-2a]

Jesus had just received this incredible blessing, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Full of the Holy Spirit, I am sure Jesus was ready to begin his ministry in earnest. Yet, our text tells us that what happened next, for Jesus was to sojourn into a wilderness filled with temptations. Have you ever received accolades or been given high praise? Continue reading Led into the Wilderness

Lead Me, O Lord

Friday, March 8, 2019

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead, me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of My salvation; for you I wait all day long.” [Psalm 25:1, 4-5]

You might remember a time before google maps, Waze or other electronic navigational helps. I know I do. I used to rely on the Thomas Guide to get to places that I had never been before.  But, sometimes even the Thomas Guide couldn’t help. So, I’d stop and ask for help, usually at a gas station or convenience store near where I thought I was going. What about you? Continue reading Lead Me, O Lord

I Lift Up My Soul

Thursday, March 7, 2019

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul” [Psalm 25:1]

How do you lift your soul up to God? Do you set aside time as you begin your day or maybe as you end your day or even more frequently? The rhythm of my daily life begins and ends with lifting up my soul to God. I also do so every time I eat or when something in nature draws my attention. I have been known to spontaneously blurt out loud, Continue reading I Lift Up My Soul

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Ash Wednesday

“Then Moses ordered Israel to set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went for three days into the wilderness and found no water.” [Exodus 15:22]

Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of our trek through the wilderness of Lent. We will walk with the Israelites as they sojourn through the wilderness lead by Moses. It doesn’t take long for anyone in the wilderness to voice their complaints. It’s too hot or too cold depending on the season. It’s too barren, lacking water and food.  Continue reading Ash Wednesday