Don’t Give Up in Dry Spells

Daily Reading

81 I long for your salvation; I put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes grow weary looking for what you have promised; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke, I do not forget your statutes. 84 How many days must your servant wait? When will you execute judgment on my persecutors? 85 The arrogant have dug pits for me; they violate your instruction. 86 All your commands are true; people persecute me with lies — help me! 87 They almost ended my life on earth, but I did not abandon your precepts. 88 Give me life in accordance with your faithful love, and I will obey the decree you have spoken. Psalm 119:81-88 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Don’t give up in dry spells because God is working.

As Christians, we all face seasons of spiritual dryness. There will be dark days where God seems aloof. However, He is present. Even, David – a man after God’s heart – experienced feeling “like a wineskin dried by smoke.” 

What are we to do when we walk through a spiritual drought? We are to put our hope in the promises of God. God will not break His assurance of salvation. Regardless, if fierce adversaries surround us, God will come through for us. Don’t give up in dry spells because God is working. He will use drought to grow our roots deeper. It is one thing to hear that God will send refreshing rains of deliverance and quite another to be drenched in the downpour. Don’t give up for I hear the sound of abundance of rain. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the season you are in regardless of how you feel. Ask God to give you the grace to endure times dryness of soul.

 


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Our Father Knows Best!

Daily Reading

73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn your commands.74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in your word.75 I know, LORD, that your judgments are just and that you have afflicted me fairly.
76 May your faithful love comfort me as you promised your servant. 77 May your compassion come to me so that I may live, for your instruction is my delight. 78 Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you, those who know your decrees, turn to me. 80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutes so that I will not be put to shame. Psalm 119:73-80 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Our Father Knows Best. 

You were created on purpose and for a purpose. Humanity’s ultimate end is to glorify and enjoy God forever. But how do we glorify God and enjoy Him? Each person’s path is different. We must seek God on how to fulfill our purpose because our Father knows best. David writes, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn your commands” (v. 73). Since we were created for a reason, it only makes sense to consult with the Creator to find our reason for living.

Why has God placed you here? That’s a huge question and the only one that can answer that is God. Maybe you’re a painter or some other creative type, how could God use you to bring glory to His name? Or perhaps you work a nine-to-five blue collar job, how are you to lift up Jesus in your work? We all have a unique path to find. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with what others are doing. We should seek our Father for help to make sense of our journey. In fact, another translation of v. 73 states,  “You made me; you created me.Now give me the sense to follow your commands.” Psalm 119:73 (NLT)

It’s true, there are not direct messages in the Bible concerning who to marry, where to live, or what career path to take. However, there are universal commands to follow. If we obey the words that are spelled out for us, the other details will work themselves out. If we seek our Father’s will, He will show us. Indeed, He gave the perfect example to follow in Jesus Christ’s submission and obedience.  Remember He created us and He knows what is best for us. Find your purpose and go glorify God today!

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for being created on purpose and for a purpose. Seek God God counsel on what that reason is and how you may go about fulfilling your God-ordained destiny. 


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God’s Holiness Demands our Reverence

Daily Readings

 

Psalm 99

1 Samuel 2:11-17

Romans 9:19-29

Daily Reflection 

LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their sinful actions. Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy. Psalm 99:8-9 (CSB)

 

God’s holiness demands our reverence. 

Our society has lost the proper sense of reverence.  Although the term is still in our colloquial language, it is often misdirected. We glamorize that which is wicked and shun what is right. God alone is to be revered. His holiness demands it. The reason is that God is good.

It has been said, that the goodness of God is the most terrifying concept in the Bible. Why? Because we are not good.  In other words, if God is good and we are not then this means we are at odds with the all-powerful, holy Creator.

In 1 Samuel 2:11-17, Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, did not respect God’s holiness and perverted the worship of Israel. Later, judgment fell on Eli’s family because he took no action to prevent their irreverence. God’s holiness demands our reverence. Yes, God is a God of love, but He is a holy God. Therefore, he should not be toyed with!

Many will cling to God’s goodness without realizing His goodness condemns their wickedness. For comparison, God’s is like the sun and His holiness like the sun’s rays. Without the sun, there would be no life. If you approached the sun, its life-giving rays would prove fatal. However, God has provided a way into His holy presence through Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 CSB).

 

In the age of grace, reverence for God’s holiness is not negated. Like the sons of Eli, we are commanded to approach God through properly offered sacrifice. Jesus is the Lamb of God offered once and for all. By faith in his name, is the only means by which we can approach the radiance of the Father’s glory.  Hophni and Phinehas chose to abuse God’s grace in sacrilegious worship.  What will you do? Reverence the Jesus Christ with a life of submitted to his grace or live in rebellion to God? God’s holiness demands our reverence.

 

 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the access given to His presence through Jesus’s sacrifice. Ask God to help you live a God-honoring life for His glory. 

Reflection on Previous Sunday’s Reading

1 Samuel 3:1-10[11-10]

Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Mark 2:23-3:6

 


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God is Speaking – Will you Listen?

Sunday Readings

1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Mark 2:23-3:6

Daily Reflection 

 The LORD came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!?” Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (CSB)

 

God is speaking – will you listen?  

What would you do if you heard God speak? Would you listen? In the days of Eli, the Bible says the “word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread” (1 Samuel 3:1 CSB). It was in this spiritual dearth that God called Samuel. Samuel mistook God’s voice for that of Eli, but after several visits, Eli understood it was the Lord calling Samuel. After Eli’s instruction, Samuel received a word from God by listening. 

Will you listen? God is speaking now. Although God speaks in many ways, He communicates primarily through His written revelation – the Bible. Many desire a supernatural encounter like Samuel’s but neglect reading what God has spoken. The Bible is God’s word to you. Will you listen?  

 

Suggestion for Prayer

 Thank God for His infallible and inerrant written revelation. Ask Him to speak to you as you read its pages. 

 


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God has the Final Word!

Daily Readings

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1 Samuel 2:1-10

John 7:9-24

Daily Reflection 

Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogant words come out of your mouth, for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by him. The bows of the warriors are broken, but the feeble are clothed with strength. Those who are full hire themselves out for food, but those who are starving hunger no more.The woman who is childless gives birth to seven, but the woman with many sons pines away.1 Samuel 2:3-5 (CSB)

God has the final word. 

Hannah carried the shame of barrenness for years. She endured the whisperings of those around her. She persevered through the proud boastings of her rival, Penninah. It has been said that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. How untrue is this statement! Words hurt. 

Every time Penninah hurled an insult at Hannah it cut. However, Hannah’s prayer reveals to us that God has the final word. Some may think you’re a hopeless cause, but God sees you for who you are – His child.  A child made in His image that is full of potential. 

In life, people will slander you, saying all kinds of hurtful things. However, you mustn’t dwell on their words, because they are fleeting. God’s word is established in eternity. God has the final say. Remember some arrogant men, blinded by their own self-righteousness, viewed Jesus as a demoniac. But now Jesus has a name of above all names! 

 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for having the final word in your circumstance. Pray for those that hurl hurtful words to see their error before God humbles them. Also, pray for your own words to be seasoned with grace. 

Preparing for Sunday’s Reading

1 Samual 3:1-10[11-20]

Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Mark 2:23-3:6


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God Hears Your Cry

Daily Readings

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1 Samuel 1:19-27

Romans 8:31-39

Daily Reflection 

After some time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, because she said, “I requested him from the LORD.”
1 Samuel 1:20 (CSB)

God Hears Your Cry. 

We live in an age of the instant. We are annoyed by the buffering of a Youtube video, long lines at the grocery store, and drive-thrus that take more time than expected. If not careful, this instant-grits-mentality bleeds over into our spiritual walks. We wonder, “How many times have I prayed about this situation? Shouldn’t God have answered by now?” Rest assured, God hears your cry. 

Hannah prayed for Samuel, and it was “after some time” before she received an answer.  Before this answered prayer, Hannah was in agony over being barren. A “double portion” from Elkanah would not suffice. This gesture of kindness from her husband wouldn’t soothe the ache of Hannah’s heart. She desired a child – a son. 
 
Why did God take so long to answer? Could it be that God used this time to prepare Hannah’s heart? Did Hannah desire a child to prove she was as “good” a Peninnah? It’s possible. Regardless, the hot tears of Hannah’s brokeness washed away any prideful ambition. This delay prepared a young mother’s heart to be willing to say, “I prayed for this boy, and since the LORD gave me what I asked him for,  I now give the boy to the LORD. For as long as he lives, he is given to the LORD” (27-28a). 

 

In seasons of silence, we question if God hears our prayers. He does. He is working on your behalf. However, patience is a virtue forged in the flame of heartache and tribulation. But God is working during the pain.  He may be shaping your motivations to align with His purposes. The Apostle Paul encourages us by saying, “He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything?” Romans 8:32 (CSB) Take heart. God knows your situation, and He hears your prayer. 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for hearing your prayer. Ask for the grace to patiently wait for His answer. 

Preparing for Sunday’s Reading

1 Samual 3:1-10[11-20]

Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Mark 2:23-3:6


The “In the Word Together” (ITWT) blog series on www.kevinwbounds.com is a systematic approach to reading and reflecting on the Holy Scriptures in a community. To learn more about its origins click here.  ITWT utilizes the structure provided by the Revised Common Lectionary.

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Victors, Jan, 1619-1676. Hannah Giving Her Son Samuel to the Priest, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55181 [retrieved May 31, 2018]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hannah_VICTORS,_Jan.jpg.