Category Archives: Devos

Travelogue article about a wonderful place – a wonderful opportunity! … Heaven!!!

TravelogueI was sitting in a lobby waiting for my appointment and picked up a magazine – a travelogue actually. As I thumbed through it I found an article about a wonderful country – a delightful place to live! The pictures were stunning and the description inviting… great scenery, sound economy, mild temperatures, wonderful opportunities…

Thought about that this morning as I read the following description of “a covenant of peace” that the Lord would one day make this His people… In fact, I wrote these words in the margin of my Bible: “Oh what a difference the Lord’s blessing makes! I’d like to live here when the Lord fulfills this wonderful prophetic word!” Wouldn’t you?”

Here’s the description…

“I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods at night without fear. I will bless my people and their home… And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing! The orchards and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the LORD. They will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them. I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations. In this way, they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them. And they will know that they are my people, says the Sovereign LORD. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!” (From Ezekiel 34:25–31 NLT)

Pretty incredible eh? (Especially in light of how God’s people are described as having been treated in the first part of this chapter!)

Hey, come to think of it, if you think this description in Ezekiel is awesome, you should read about the future of God’s faithful people found in Revelation 21-22 in your Bible! It’ll blow your mind! In fact, one passage of Scripture puts it this way, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him!” Just say’n!!!

Hey you don’t have to pick up a travelogue… Pick up your Bible and read it!!!

The Politicizing of Politicians … Who You Going to Trust Anyway?

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Well it seems the “politicizing” is in full swing as we approach another election cycle. To hear those running for public office you’d think the success or failure – the “heaven” or “hell” – of the entire nation, world, and even the universe depended on the ideas, initiatives, promises and leadership skills of those running for office. Those “from the other side” (and even previous leaders) are painted with the broad brush of the “catastrophic!” To hear them speak you’d think “the Messiah” is personified in their candidacy – or the candidacy of the person they are advocating!

Well, I don’t know how to break it to you… it doesn’t matter the party, the candidate, or the office… “it just ain’t so!”

The passage I read this morning should add some objectivity to the issue for those of us who reverence [“fear”] God and put our trust in Jesus, the “Savior of the world”…

“Praise the Lord! [Hallelu-YAH! – a “Hallelujah Psalm!] Let all that I am praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath!

“DO NOT PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN POWERFUL PEOPLE! There is no help for you there!

“BUT JOYFUL ARE THOSE WHO HAVE GOD AS THEIR HELPER, WHOSE HOPE IS IN THE LORD THEIR GOD! “He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them! He keeps every promise forever! He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry! The LORD frees the prisoners! The LORD opens the eyes of the blind! The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down! The LORD loves the godly! The LORD protects the foreigners among us! He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked! THE LORD WILL REIGN FOREVER! HE WILL BE YOUR GOD THROUGHOUT THE GENERATIONS! PRAISE THE LORD!!!” (From Psalm 146 New Living Translation)

Hey, I’m not looking for more political commentary! I’m embracing the inspired advice of the Psalmist! I’m putting my trust in the Lord (and prayerfully participating in the political process as a “good citizen)… Just my two bits today after having had “coffee with the Lord!”

Crying Out to God from a Deep, Dark “Cave”

Deep dark caveDuring my Bible reading today I read a “Psalm of David” with a backstory… Psalm 142.

David was running for his life from King Saul! Saul, filled with insane hatred, mistrust and jealousy, was determined to find him and kill him. He was afraid David would become king in his place. Saul was in hot pursuit and doing everything in his power to find David and kill him. David finally escaped and hid in a dark cave – the “cave of Adullam.” Read the Biblical account in 1 Samuel 22…

Perhaps you have (or are) facing a desperate situation like David’s! Everything seems against you – it seems like everyone is out to get you – you’re desperate and don’t know what to do! The future seems terrifying and hopeless!

Why not do what David did that is recorded for us in Psalm 142… He cried out to God – he prayed! Here are David’s words from the Bible (I recommend you use them – or some of your own words very much like them)!

“I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy! I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. Then I pray to you, O Lord! I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me! … So I can thank you! You are so good to me!’” (From Psalm 142 New Living Translation)

I don’t know where your “cave” is (or what your “cave” may be). But if I were you I’d “cry to the Lord” out of my “cave!”

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