Remember Jehoshaphat? Enemies were bearing down on him and he had no idea what to do! Well, God basically told “King J” to tell his army commanders to show up to the battle with all their battle clothes on and just watch!
So often we struggle because we cannot get our eyes off our own circumstances and onto God! Even after coming to real faith in Jesus, I have had numerous situations that challenge me in my daily faith walk. I have to ask myself, will I try to do it on my own or will I “lift my eyes” and pray to God for help?
As a young husband, father, and youth pastor, I hit a major bump in the road. After Pam and I had spent six years working with students at a Denver church, the leadership decided to make a change. They implemented a six-month review and eventually decided to replace the youth staff.
“Don’t just sit there... Do something. Say something!!” How many of you had a parent or older sibling say one of those two statements to you? The art of waiting and putting our hope in God is counter to our American mentality of “make it happen!”
I’ve come to believe that there is no clearer gauge of where we are putting our hope than the speed of our lives.
One of the lessons that God has been driving home in my life lately is about joy. Where do you try to find joy? Like many people, I can tend to initially look for joy in the context of the circumstances of my life.
Did 2014 turn out to be all you’d hoped it would be? New Year’s is a time when people review the past year and look forward to the days ahead. Pam and I usually take some time on New Year’s Day to pray through our journals. We consider what God has said and what He has done, listening for His voice of guidance.
Over the past 24 hours, would you say that you were primarily chasing after something (affirmation, a thrill, money, stuff, respect, love) or running from something (fear, failure, relationship, exposure, risk, loneliness)?
Do you want a life that won’t be shaken by every doubt, change, or hardship? Build your life on the hope that we have in the Gospel. The apostle Paul reveals an important truth about this in Colossians 1. Notice what he says about where the Colossians faith and love came from...
The past couple of years, my wife, Pam, and I have become quite acquainted with the importance of foundations. When our home burned to the ground in the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, we had to figure out if our home’s foundation was even usable again.