Where Is God?

I read a devotional today from Our Daily Bread entitled Where’s God. As I was reading it, I reminisced on how I never had to ask those worlds. Since I met God decades ago , He was always in my life. I mean I not only felt His presence, but He has shown His miraculous ability to solve problems just in the nick of time, again and again. He’s been very merciful and forgiving.

I couldn’t help but just meditate and give Him Thanks and praise for His faithfulness and His attention to me. I also wondered like Psalmist, whom am I that God is mindful of me. Why did God take such good care of me? All I could think of is because I’m His child and He loves me. He loves me so much that I never had to ask Where Is God.

Scripture references:
Psalms 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Encourage, But Don’t Push

I tell them how they can get ahead again and again
By making a temporary investment in current living
I wonder do they listen at all
Maybe not, because when in trouble,
they know on someone they can call
Or do they listen and just can’t execute
Because the plan of action is too hard for them to do
The plan of action, I don’t want to keep repeating
Because I just wanna encourage, but not push them

But at what point does encouragement becomes pushing?
Is it when they become defensive or angry at what you say?
Just about everyone wants to do things their own way
And even though their way doesn’t lead to better conditions
Regarding change, they are reluctant to listen
Be sure encouragement is for right reasons
Like fulfilling their potential or and dreams
Instead of what you plan or want for them
An even if they disappoint or don’t get far
Love them for who they are
As God has His purpose for their life.

Scripture reference:
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Small Savory Bites

I try to read a devotional everyday. Some devotionals are short. When that’s the case, I read at least two of them. But after I would read at least two of them, I noticed the message didn’t really sink in. I’d be asking myself what did I learn today?

I remember a deacon that used to teach us, would have us read the Bible in small sections; like two or three sentences at a time. If we would read fast, he’d stop us. He wanted to make sure we absorbed and understood what we had just read and how we would apply it to our lives.

Reading small portions of scripture is like taking small portions of food and and chewing them well. I can really taste the flavors when I take small bites. Psalms 119:103 says “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Like enjoying food, I can enjoy scripture and interpret what the Lord is saying when I take small savory bites.

Scripture reference:
Psalm 119:103