“In the end he tells the Lord, ‘Our eyes are upon thee.’ [2 Chr 20.12] Saying this, Jehoshaphat made God his leader. Soldiers in battle always keep their eyes on their leader. He is the one who knows the overall strategy, makes the decisions, and directs his troops to carry out the battle plan. If soldiers lose touch with their officers, their lives are in jeopardy and the battle lost.”
—Daniel Partner, All Things Are Possible, 107
#spiritual-warfare #God #quotes
“I am determined, O God! I am determined! I will sing and praise you!”
Fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave, David steadfastly maintains his commitment to praise God. He keeps in view that God is sovereign.
How does remembering God’s sovereignty help us in any given situation?
#Psalms #God #VOTD
“At that time Herod the tetrarch heard reports about Jesus, and he said to his servants, ‘This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead! And because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.'”
Herod had John killed. Now his guilty conscience was apparently at work. His interpretation of the reports was completely wrong.
In what ways do people today interpret wrongly the work of God? What’s the solution?
#understanding #God #VOTD
“Those who look to him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed.”
God responds to pleas for help and leaves those who look to him in a state of blessedness, as David found before Abimelech.
Life’s upsets need not sour the Christian’s disposition, for God is his constant.
#VOTD #God #joy
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1.3-4
After all their problems, the Corinthians needed to hear about God’s mercies and comfort and to know that they were in a unique position to help others.
The person of faith always looks outside self, even in the midst of troubles, to help others, for this is the nature of God as love.
#VOTD #comfort #God
“Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast?
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne?
Even if mothers were to forget,
I could never forget you!”
God uses the figure of a mother to describe his compassion for Israel.
Can God truly be understood in human language? What dangers lurk here?
#VOTD #motherhood #God
“Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength.”
Israel considered this text to be the great truth on which all else was based.
The one God brings unity to all of life and to the Christian’s life.
#VOTD #God #Shema