For days

July 31, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
(Nehemiah 1:4 (NLT))

Nehemiah did something that we seem to ignore today!

It is the first two words of this passage – for days.

We have become such an instant gratification society that if something does not happen immediately, too many of us simply give up.

We mourn. We fast. We pray to God, but when God doesn’t answer on our time table, we assume that the answer is no. Nehemiah knew differently. He knew that God is like the judge in the following parable.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
(Luke 18:1-8 (NIV))

We must be persistent in our prayers. God answers every prayer, but He takes great joy in granting justice for those who call upon His name.

Do you call out for days or do you utter a few words and give up?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Seasons

June 13, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance
(Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NIV))

Isn’t it amazing how we are told that everything has it’s season? This seems to go hand in hand with the way that God has planned for us to live. It is as if He has certain things that He wants for us to experience in our lives in order to build up a certain characteristic of our personalities. Each characteristic builds upon another, and so, everything seems to have it’s season.

With this in mind, the next time that you find yourself in a situation where you are questioning why you are going through an extremely tough experience, remember that it is only for a time and that it will pass. You will find yourself on the other end of this experience with stronger faith and character than before it all began.

We must also remember that we are only here for a short time and that we have much to learn. Perhaps the biggest lesson that we must learn is that we are sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. When we come to this realization, then it is time to accept the grace and mercy that is freely given to us through the blood of Jesus. He, too, had His times to laugh and to weep so that we may have the opportunity to have eternal time with God the Father.

What have your times been like?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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