Need to hear from God today? He speaks… are you listening?

Perhaps you’re facing an incredible problem or trial today. You desperately need to hear from God – you need His reassuring voice to speak deeply and decisively into your heart!

Well this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read these words from Psalm 119… and they may be just what you needed to hear!

“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope! My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life! … I remember, Lord, your ancient laws and I find comfort in them… Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge!” (From Psalm 119:49-56)

I don’t know when it will happen… I don’t know where it will happen… but “tune in!” Somewhere, sometime, you’ll hear HIS voice – and HIS voice is what matters! It may just be a whisper that slips into a busy day… It may come during a pause – even during a “coffee break”… Someone may have a “word” for you that just “rings true”… a verse of Scripture during your devotions my suddenly stand out and impress itself upon you… during a sermon there may be something the pastor says that “was just for you” – and there are other ways (HIS ways are innumerable!) And at times HIS voice is almost audible – No, it can be audible!

Be alert, be sensitive, be “tuned in,” be listening! I don’t know what He’ll say to you, but you’ll need to hear it. Someone needed to hear that today!

“Scrooge McDuck” Always Reminds Me of “Greed”

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Ever hear of “Scrooge McDuck, the cartoon character?” He always comes to mind when I think about “greed!”

Greed – a possession and riches-oriented life (with an insatiable desire for more) exhibits itself in so many different ways – some subtle, others obvious! For example; always insisting that I get “my fair share” can be a sign of “greed.” And always planning and scheming about how to get more and more and make room for more. Both of these indicators of “greed” were addressed in the passage I read this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord.” (Luke 12:13-21)

What was Jesus’ warning about “greed”? He said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against ALL KINDS OF GREED! Life does NOT consist in an abundance of possessions!”

Jesus reminded us in this passage that possessions are temporary and fleeting! God told the rich man in the parable, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you! Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”

And the passage ends with Jesus reminding us… “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God!”

Oh, let me tell you… I want to hear and heed the message of this parable and passage! Lord may I avoid a greedy, “possessions-oriented life!” Instead, may I pursue ardently a life that is “rich toward God” – seeking those things that endure beyond this life – laying up “riches in heaven!” (Matthew 6:18-21)

Oh the beauty and power of God’s Word!

Most beautiful diatmondsDuring my time of “coffee with the Lord” this week I’m reading and reflecting on Psalm 119 – the longest chapter in the Bible and a celebration of God’s infallible, wonderful word!

Over the years I’ve told my students Psalm 119 is like a beautiful diamond! It displays and describes the incredible power and beauty of God’s Word – all of its various facets! Just like one of the world’s most beautiful diamonds (pictured), each way you turn it the various facets reflect and refract its glory!

I began my daily time with God’s word, the Bible, in high school at the urging and challenge of a public high school teacher who happened to be a Christian, Dean Shenaman. I was frustrated with the quality of my Christian life and he asked me, “How much time are you spending, LeRoy, in God’s word?” The positive results in my life of his challenge have been incredible! Ask former and present students… ask my family… ask my wife… ask former members of congregations I have served… ask anyone – I LOVE GOD’S WORD!!!

And as I read these words in Psalm 119 this morning I found myself heartily agreeing with the Psalmist, who said…

“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches! I meditate on your precepts and consider your way. I delight in your decrees! I WILL NOT NEGLECT YOUR WORD! … Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law! … My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times! … Your statutes are my delight – they are my counselors.” (selected verses from Psalm 119: 14-24)

So I wrote this in the margin of my Bible today: “This is my prayer today Oh Lord… May I continue to love and long for Your word! May you daily speak counsel and comfort to my heart from its inspired message!”

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