In a crisis I am tempted to force a solution. The Lord shows a different way – Isaiah 56 1‘Maintain justice and do what is right, I can’t achieve righteousness through abuse, only love. for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. The proximity of danger exposes hearts, asking … Continue reading Awaiting God’s intervention
I am so concerned to show myself a responsible servant of Christ that I fail to receive the oil of joy which would give off the aroma of Christ, making His work plain to all. The fruit of God’s work is intended to produce joy. In the Bible joy is experienced at the conclusion of … Continue reading Wait to receive joy
Living in our hurting world our tendency is either, throw ourselves at the problem, driven by the need, or to harden ourselves to the need and wait for God to resolve it Himself. Both these approaches stem from futile thinking and expose our darkened understanding. This darkness comes from a hardened heart that will not … Continue reading Driven or Complacent
When a person meets with God, the impact is not often in the spectacular, but in the fragrance. It is not often in miracles or recordable events, but in the tenderness of the love, the quietness of peace, the steadfastness in hope. This fragrance impacts those around us. They are qualities that are infectious, and … Continue reading Fragrance of Christ
What is the dividing line between presumption and faith. Some take God’s promise to protect us, and enter the lion’s den. Others know the Lord could protect, but will He choose to? They are unwilling to take the risk. God’s promise starts with our being with Him: Psalm 91:1 ‘He who dwells in the shelter … Continue reading God’s Protection
Do I find it hard to rest because I have hardened my heart? We live in a generation that cannot rest but always looks for the next adventure or the next entertainment. Our culture is restless and we as Christians are influenced by it. Psalm 95 speaking of the people of Israel during the Exodus … Continue reading Cannot rest?
When I choose to ‘rest in the shadow of the almighty’, waiting for Him to intervene, then I am ‘dwelling in the shelter of the Most High’. (Psalm 91) This is not passive; it is a call to urgent prayer. I had always thought these words meant, Stay close to God and you will feel … Continue reading Rest in God’s shelter