Month: June 2014

African Well

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It’s a matter of perspective

We ask God for things we want and need.  Sometimes they are material goods, or a job,  direction, blessings, spouses, children, etc.

Sometimes we don’t know what to ask for but we cry out anyway.

Sometimes we don’t get what we ask for.  Sometimes we do.  Both can have a positive and negative impact.  Sometimes we get what we want and end in despair anyway.

Rachel cried and fasted to have sons for Isaac.  She only had two but she bore Joseph (who rescued the tribes into Egypt) and Benjamin who was a righteous man that stayed by his father (who was now over 100 years old).

Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin and cried out in despair.  Before dying, she named her son Ben-Oni – son of my trouble or pain.  Even though Isaac lost his wife in the birth, he changed his son’s name to Benjamin – son of my right hand (which he became).

We ask.  We wait.  We receive.   How we receive and move forward is a matter of perspective.  Do we see trouble and pain or blessing?  Regardless of God’s answer to our prayers, we need to look at the blessing that will grow from His answer.

Genesis 35:11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty[f]; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from himat the place where he had talked with him.

14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.[g]

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac

16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” 18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni.[h] But his father named him Benjamin.[i]

19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.

Hannah thanksgiving

What is in your hand?

The amazing thing about scripture is that it is alive.  We can read the same passage over and over again for years and then “boom” out of nowhere we see something for the first time.  A friend of mine spoke on a passage this week and his point had never hit me before even though I was very familiar with it.

Exodus 4

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”  “A staff,” he replied.

We have all had times of despair, brokeness, and hopelessness.  We don’t have money, we don’t have a job, we don’t have anyone to reach out to.  Life appears to be more than bleak, it appears impossible.

God reaches down to us and says, “what is in your hand?”  We all have something.  We all hold something that God can use.  It could be the boy with bread and fish standing next to Jesus.  It could be Peter sitting in a fishing boat with an empty fishing net.  It could be the poor widow with her last couple of pennies.

We all hold “something in our hand”.  What are you holding?  What is in your hand?

Throw it down and see what God will do with it.

Childcup

Please send someone else

I love reading about Moses.  What a guy!  God chose this man to deliver His nation and Moses tried everything he could to get out of it.

How often do we do the same thing?  We complain.  We resist.  We fight.  We worry about the outcome before we even begin walking the steps of obedience.   Even if I didn’t read that God was patient, I would have to believe it based on how His children act.

We worry and become anxious.  We sulk about past failures.  We become depressed about our current status.  We cry about not seeing a future.

God sits us down (in patience) and says “What is that in your hand?”   God showed Moses the power that was there and Moses still begged for God to send someone else.

What is in your hand.  I bet you have more than a stick!  Throw it down and see what God wants to release in you.  Don’t ask God to send someone else.  Ask God how you will bare fruit with what you have.

Exodus 4

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

800px-Sandylion near Burnley