Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk7/Day2)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Isaiah 60:22—At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen. (NLT)

Galatians 4:4—When the time was right, God sent His Son, and a woman gave birth to Him. (CEV)

Ephesians 1:10,11—And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together … He makes everything work out according to His plan. (NLT)

John 2:1-11—There was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told Him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My TIME has NOT yet come.” 5 BUT his mother told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 He said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed His instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed His glory. And His disciples believed in Him. (NLT)

CONSIDER

The Hebrew verb ‘eth (aith) is used in Isaiah 60 when Scripture talks about how God works His plans out: it means “fit; proper time.” God will work His timing when it best fits. He reiterates this about His wisdom in the NT in Ephesians when God says He’ll work out His plan in the “right time.” Do you think it is right or wrong, then, to ask God to act in a certain timing?

For a cross-reference to better understand this deep idea, make sure to look at John 2:1-11. Whose timing was Jesus’ timing?

What are the implications of this idea of God’s “timing” to our prayer life and how we “believe” in Him like His first disciples?

What miracle of timing are you asking God to perform right now?

PRAY

Father, You are working things out in ways that best fit for Your plan for all of us and for the best way we might all recognize You as the Powerful and Wise God. But everything in my soul tells me my strongest faith also always includes praying to You–asking You to act. (Just like Your mother Mary did.) I will never presume I know best, but I also know You love us so much You’ll do miracles when we ask. I’m OK living in the tension of not knowing how that all works because You do! I love You, Lord. Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk7/Day1)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Mark 4:24-25—“Consider carefully what you hear,” He continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (NIV)

CONSIDER

In America, we have a fundamental truth we believe in: “All men are created equal.” Of course, this doesn’t mean all men and women LIVE equally and EXPERIENCE EQUAL BLESSING as a result. Why is listening to God and how we live so vital to Jesus?

He equates living our lives with “measuring.” What do you think this means?

PRAY

Lord, listening to You takes time and discernment. Honestly, I’m not always sure when I hear You or when I’m just hearing my own thoughts bang around in my head. So, I thank You for Your Word which is something I don’t need to doubt whether You’re saying or not to me. Help me to respond to Your directions—both in the Word and in the Spirit’s speaking to me—by measuring out to my neighbor all the effort, holiness, kindness, and love as You have measured to me. For Jesus’ name, Amen.

Deeper Dive: “Homeward Bound” (Week 1)

Attached below is Week 1 of a deeper dive into the profoundly relevant letters Peter the Apostle penned 2000 years ago–into what has become the books we know as First and Second Peter. This look into these formative teachings is becoming a series of sermons and studies we’re calling “Homeward Bound.” What we’ll find in these 7 weeks of readings in 1 & 2 Peter is this: We all ought to be moving towards Heaven by loving everyone and everything rightly on Earth.

Feel free to click on the Download button and jump into this week’s first five daily readings. You are welcome to download it to any of your devices or just return here each day this week to read the next day’s reading. Reading these words and having them transform your life is done best in a group, so circle up with someone and learn together how the Kingdom of God might best look in you live this life . . . Homeward Bound!

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To view Week 2’s readings in Homeward Bound, click here.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk6/Day3)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:6—Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled. (NIRv)

Luke 6:21—Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. (NASB)

CONSIDER

When things aren’t as they ought to be or relationships are broken, it doesn’t feel right to us. To those who love God and hunger for a better world, we want things to be made as they ought to be. What around you or in you needs to be “filled” or “satisfied” because it’s not right?

What might you need to do to be a part of making it “right”?

PRAY

Lord, it’s impossible for me to count all the things about the world (and my life) that aren’t exactly as they ought to be, but there are things I can do about some of them. Please reveal to me what You’re hungering to see me act on. And whatever I can’t, help me to trust that You know how to lead others to make the world look more and more like Heaven and Your heart. Make me right, Jesus. Amen.