Posts from September 2015

A Fishing Lesson

Resist [the devil], standing firm in the faith. —1 Peter 5:9   I was fishing quietly on the clear, still waters of Piatt Lake, casting next to a lush weedbed. I watched a large smallmouth bass sneak out of the thick vegetation to investigate. He approached the tempting night crawler on the end of my…

Pray All Day

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17   (NRSV) I recall the first time I read the verse in 1 Thessalonians that urges us to pray without ceasing. If I pray without ceasing, I thought, how will I have time to accomplish all the other tasks required of me during the day? After thoughtful consideration,…

Doesn’t God Care?

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. —Isaiah 55:8   Why does the intoxicated driver escape an accident unharmed while his sober victim is seriously injured? Why do bad people prosper while good people suffer? How often have you been so confused by things going on…

In the Potter’s Hands

Then the LORD gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” —Jeremiah 18:5  –6 The prophet Jeremiah describes a trip he took to the potter’s house, where God spoke…

Feeling Forsaken

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? —Matthew 27:46   In his book The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis records an imaginary conversation between a senior devil and a junior devil as they discuss how to properly tempt a Christian. The two devils desired to destroy the believer’s faith in God. “Be not…

Genuine Faith

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. —James 1:2  –3 Jesus was very popular early on in His ministry, especially after performing His most popular…

When God is Silent

Elijah had been used of God to hold back rain from the people for over three years, because of their sins. Obviously, he was not well liked as a preacher. I can imagine the stress he experienced during those years. Something strikes me, however, that seems to further complicate Elijah’s situation. Consider 1 Kings 18:1…

God’s Compass

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. —Psalm 119:105   During World War II, small compasses saved the lives of 27 sailors 300 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Waldemar Semenov, a retired merchant seaman, was serving as a junior engineer aboard the SS Alcoa Guide when a…

Tell Me Something Good

“For this is a rebellious people, false sons, sons who refuse to listen to the instruction of the LORD; who say to the seers, ‘You must not see visions’; and to the prophets, ‘You must not prophesy to us what is right, speak to us pleasant words, prophesy illusions.  Get out of the way, turn…

In the Garden

My Father, . . . may your will be done. —Matthew 26:42   My forefathers were pioneers in Michigan. They cleared the land, planted crops, and cultivated gardens to raise food for their families. This agrarian bent has been passed down through the generations. My dad grew up on a Michigan farm and loved gardening,…