Psalm 65:8 Filled With Awe

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, and where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. Psalm 65:8

Getting up before sunrise in the mornings can allow a person to see some beautiful sights. As the sun starts to rise over the horizon, the darkness begins to fade away, the sky turns beautiful shades of color. The rays of light begin to get rid of the darkness. The sun rises as a small orange-yellow fireball on the horizon.

The rising of the sun brings about life on this earth. After the darkness of night, there arises new life.

Sitting out on a porch, in the country, one may see some deer start to move around to eat. In the treetops, one will begin to hear birds start singing their morning songs. These can be seen as songs of joy, giving praise to God for another day.

These scenes are often missed by many people, in the business of life. People are often in a rush to get to work, or school and miss what God is doing. As they drive down the road, heading to work, they miss the wonders of God’s creation.

Focusing on self, they do not take time to be filled with awe at what God has for them and to give Him praise. The birds see it and take time to praise God, even though they have a full day of searching for food, and building or maintaining a nest. They see the wonders of God.

As you begin your day, take a moment to see the wonders of God’s creation. Take a moment to realize that God has blessed you with another day here on this earth. You have another opportunity to be His witness. You have been given another opportunity to see God do a new miracle of provision for your life.

When you see these wonders and notice the opportunities you have, give God praise. Allow yourself to be filled with awe and joy at what God is doing. Do not take it for granted. Not everyone will be able to get up this morning. Not everyone will be able to see His creation.

Sing with the birds this morning some songs of joy to God.

I pray today that you will see what God is doing; that you will see the wonders of God’s creation in front of you; that your heart will be filled with awe and joy; and that you will sing with joy praises to God.

1 Kings 17:6 A Different Way To Provide

The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:6

Ahab had become the king of Israel. He completely walked away from God and started worshipping idols. God sent Elijah, a prophet, to Ahab to tell him there would be no rain for several years because of his sins. Then Elijah was told to go into the wilderness to a brook. While there God had some ravens bring Elijah bread and meat, both in the morning and in the evening so that he could have food to eat. During this time of drought, God provided water in the brook he was staying by.

There are people who work at trying to grow some of their food. While some people are very good at gardening and growing fruits and vegetables, others are better at raising various types of animals for food. Although many people try to provide their own food, many more want to go down to the local grocery store and purchase the food off the shelf. Either way, people want to know where their food came from.

Elijah did not know where his food came from, other than from a raven carrying it in to him. Very few people would be willing to eat food that was brought by a raven. The raven does not wash his claws, does not keep the meat clean or refrigerate it, and keeps the food on the ground in the dirt. Yet, that was the way God provided for Elijah to eat.

God is a big God who is in control of absolutely everything. If you are following Jesus and believing Him, God has already told you that He will provide for your every need. What He has not always told you is how He will provide for that need.

If you are doing everything that God has told you to do, you must then rest in the promise God has made to you to provide for all your needs. Be willing to be open to the different ways God will provide for you. Some of those ways may be very strange and unusual as with Elijah getting food from the ravens.

Are you open and grateful for the ways God provides for you?

Or are you keeping your mind closed to God meeting your needs in His way?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will not turn down any provision God gives you; that you will believe God’s promise to meet all of your needs; and that you will follow God with all of your life.

Matthew 8:19-20 Count the Cost

“Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20

Jesus was becoming very popular with everyone. People started to follow Him. Now a teacher of the law comes up to Jesus and states he will follow Him.

Instead of welcoming the man to follow Him, Jesus gives a strange answer. Jesus tells the man who He does not have a place to lay His head down at night, even though the animals do.

Jesus knew He was living a life that would not bring great wealth or comfort in this life. A person who has a place to lay down at night has a great comfort. Being homeless creates a lot of discomfort and no peace.

This teacher had got caught up in the hype of the moment and declared he would follow Jesus. Jesus points out that there could be a high cost to follow Him. Jesus does not have a home to go to.

Following Jesus does not automatically bring a life of luxury and comfort in the world’s eyes. It will not make you famous or wealthy.

Following Jesus does mean being a servant to everyone else; giving of yourself all the time; giving what you have to others; and not storing up for yourself. God may give you all of these things, but that is not the purpose for following Him.

Many people follow Jesus because of the excitement of the moment. Or they believe that life will be easy to follow Him, all their troubles will go away. This is not true.

Look at the life of Jesus. His life was one of a lot of pain, misery and suffering. As He healed people, others were wanting to kill Him and in the end did.

Jesus did have peace and comfort in knowing that He was following God the Father perfectly. You, also, can know that same peace and comfort in following Jesus. You have to remember though it is not the peace and comfort the world will understand. While in this life you will have struggles and troubles.

Be willing to follow Jesus. In the end when you get to heaven it will be worth the pain and suffering of today. All the work you will have to do in helping build His kingdom will bring great treasures in heaven some day. Count the cost of following Jesus, but know it is worth it.

I pray today that God will strengthen you in following Him; that you will be determined to follow Him at all costs; that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in following Him; and that God’s kingdom will be built greater because of your walk with Him.