John 2:4 In His Time

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“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4

Jesus and His disciples had went to a wedding in Cana. While there the host had run out of wine. Mary mentioned that to Jesus. He asked why she tried to involve Him. Later Jesus had the servants pour water into the glasses. As the water was drank, it was turned into wine.

All throughout the bible people are told to ask God for what they need. They are to be bold in what they request and seek God for. There are many examples of people asking for things and God providing the need.

However, there are also many times that a person asks God for something and does not get it. Sometimes he does not get it right away, while at other times he never receives what was desired. This has to do with God’s will and timing.

Mary had asked for some help in a situation that the people had, yet Jesus did not fulfill it right away. He waited. His waiting was to wait on His Father for the right time. Jesus knew that it was not His time to do a miracle in public yet.

Most people who are asking God for something, want it right away. They cannot understand why God wants them to wait or why they never receive it. This is where trusting in God’s timing is important.

God sees the bigger picture of life. He sees the beginning, middle and end all at the same time. Because He sees this bigger picture, He also knows when it is the best time to do anything.

It is the same with parents of little children. Little children will request something and the parents will say not right now, wait. The parents understand why waiting is best, but the child does not. The child must trust in the parent.

As you request something from God, remember to wait for His answer and trust it. You may have to wait a while for that request to be fulfilled. Know that God has your best interest in mind. It may not be the time for it right now, though as a human being you see it as an immediate need.

In the right time, God will turn your water into wine. Wait on Him and trust Him for your provision.

I pray today that you will seek God for all of your needs; that you will trust in God’s timing in your life; that you will not fear God did not hear you; and that you will do all things on His time-table.

 

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Zechariah 10:1 Ask The Lord

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. Zechariah 10:1

The people were seeking false gods and idols for the rain to come. Zechariah tells them to ask God for the rain. He points out that it is God who provides rain for every person. It is also He who provides the plants for everyone.

During the Old Testament times rain was extremely important to the people. It allowed for the plants to grow. The plants provided food for the people and animals. It also provided something to sell for income needed for other things. Without any rain, they people would slowly die off, not having any food or income.

In most places in today’s society, people do not rely as much upon the rain personally. However, when there is a drought it does affect every person. The price of food goes up, because of the lack of it growing and high demand.

Without rain, the farmers cannot grow any crops. Without the crops they have no income, causing many to look for work somewhere else. Which causes a loss of someone else getting a job.

Instead of looking to physical idols today, people often look to the government or other people to provide for their needs. They make the government and other people their gods or idols.

The first place a person should look for provision is from God. God is the One who created everything that there is. He owns it all. He is the One who makes it rain, on both the believers and the unbelievers.

When you are faced with a challenging problem of provision, seek God first. He is a God who loves and wants to give good gifts to every person. The greatest gift He gave was forgiveness and life through His Son Jesus Christ. If He is willing to give that, how much more willing will He be to give you some food or some other thing that you need in this life?

Do not start with looking towards others or the government for provision. Don’t even look at your job for provision. Look to the Lord, who is full of grace, mercy and wants to give provide for you everything that you need. Take time to ask Him for help first.

I pray today that you will know the provision of God in your life; that you will seek God first in all of your needs; that you will trust God for your needs; and that God will show Himself faithful to you. 

Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.

Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.

Psalm 27:4 One Thing To Ask For

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4

Every day people make requests of God. They are constantly asking God for something. The majority of people are asking for something for themselves. It could be for provision of food or finances, or for healing, or a repair of a relationship, or for direction or for nearly an infinite list of things both physical and non-physical.

Others will spend time in prayer asking God for things for other people. The same list of things requested for the individual will also be for others. These requests can be for loved ones, friends, enemies, or even unknown people.

There is nothing wrong with making these types of requests of God. Paul had told the Philippians to make all their requests known to God. No one is to worry about anything, but just to bring it before God.

David, had brought a different type of request to God. That request was to be able to dwell in His house everyday and to be able to gaze upon Him.

What could be better than being in God’s presence? When you are in His presence, you will be filled with His glory and majesty. You will be overwhelmed at His love and holiness.

Everything thing and every problem in this world is temporary. They are here today and gone tomorrow. None will last for eternity. Only God lasts for eternity.

As you get into His presence more, the cares and concerns of this world will fade away. They will no longer be of high importance.

Perfect peace, love, holiness, comfort, and everything else good will surround you when you are in His presence.

You are the temple of God where God dwells, if you allow Him too.

What is your request of God today?

Are you wanting to spend time in God’s presence?

Are you wanting to seek Him all the days of your life?

Or are the concerns of this world more important?

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will desire to be in God’s presence; that the cares of this world will not overwhelm you; and that you will desire to seek God daily.

2 Chronicles 1:10 What Would You Ask For?

“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Chronicles 1:10

Solomon had been made king of Israel. One night God came to him and asked Solomon to make a request for whatever he wanted. Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead the people correctly. God loved his request so much that He gave him more wisdom, wealth, and honor than any other person has had before or since.

The ability to ask for whatever a person wants and get it has been a dream for most people throughout all of history. People dream of finding the magic lamp with a genie in it that will grant them three wishes.

The desires of each person’s heart is most likely a little different, but most will also have one thing in common.

What do people desire? Wealth, health, fame, power, possessions, and position.

What do all these things have in common? They are all about self, pleasing and taking care of old number one–self.

There is nothing wrong with any of these things, but when asked for with the wrong reason, they become a bad item. When these things are asked for to make oneself look good or to put oneself above others, they become bad. It is the wrong motive for desiring these things.

As Solomon asked for wisdom, he was not asking for it just to look good or to be better than the other people. He asked for wisdom so that he could do God’s will–leading God’s people who God had put him in charge of.

As a believer, you are to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. This means that you are putting God and all of His desires first in your life.

Jesus said you could ask for whatever you want and you would get it, if you remain in Him, doing what He wants you to do.

What are you asking God for today?

Why are you asking God for it?

If God answers that prayer, will it bring Him glory, or will it bring you glory?

I pray today that you will know God’s desire for you life; that you will love God with all that is in you; that you will ask for the things God wants you to have; and that you will never be selfish to God or to others.

1 Kings 12:13-14 Getting Advice

The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” 1 Kings 12:13-14

Because of Solomon’s following false gods, God was beginning to split the kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam had taken charge as king of the nation and sought out advice on how to rule the people. He first talked to some of the elders and was told to lighten the load on the people. Then he talked with some younger people and was told to make the load even harder on the people. Rehoboam chose to follow the advice of the younger people and made the people work harder. Although Rehoboam had sought advice from both the elders and the younger people, he never sought advice and direction from God.

Seeking advice from other people is nothing new. Everyone has advisors that they go to for different situations in their life or jobs. No one person is an expert in every area of life or a job. A good manager will know where is weak areas are and seek advice in dealing with those areas. A good parent will seek the advice of others in how to work best at raising his children.

As a believer, seeking advice from other people is not completely bad, however, advice should be sought after from God first. Going to God for advice should be the very first thing that a believer does. Who has better wisdom in what to do or not to do than God?

Once a person has sought out God’s advice, he can then go to others. However, the others that he goes to must also be believers in order to get the best possible advice. Those who are not believers will give advice that is contrary to God’s will and ways.

If you need advice, go to God and see what He has to say. As you hear advice from others, line it up against God’s word. Does it line up with what God has said and done in the Bible? Then follow it. If not, then reject that advice.

When you follow God’s advice for your life, you will have God’s favor and hand upon you.

I pray today that you will seek God first for all needed advice; that God will help you know whose advice to follow; that God will give you His direction for your life; and that you will give God’s advice to others as needed.