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Monday Minute in the Word – 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

There’s no better way to start the week than by filling up with God’s Word. So each Monday morning join me here to take a brief, but reflective look into a passage of Scripture.  

Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.

3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. 5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.  2 Corinthians 8:1-5, NLT

Halfway through the first century, many Christians in Jerusalem lived in extreme poverty. When the Macedonian Christians learned of their need they immediately acted to relieve it.

Read verses 2 and 3 again. Was giving easy for them? If not, why not?

When my three children were still at home, they frequently offered to help me when I had a long list of chores. However, they usually rejected the tasks I needed help with the most because they required too much effort.

Once when this happened God pointed out to me that I often do the same thing with Him. I say I am willing and ready to serve him, but when he gives me direction I sometimes hesitate to obey. His plan may not be what I had in mind. I may prefer an easier task. What happened to my willing obedience?

The Macedonian Christians provide an example of  predetermined obedience. 2 Corinthians 8:5 tells us they said “yes” to God in advance of his specific direction. They were completely committed to obedience whatever the cost might be. Although they were struggling financially, when God revealed the great need of the Christians in Jerusalem they quickly obeyed God and gave more than they could afford.

Have you ever struggled to obey God because it was too difficult? Or because obedience carried a great cost?

 

How could committment to “give yourself to the Lord” help with future obedience?

 

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Monday Minute in the Word – Habakkuk 3:17-19

Mondays can be tough. The weekend is over. A new work week is beginning. There’s no better way to start the week than by filling up with God’s Word. So each Monday morning join me here to take a brief, but reflective look into a passage of Scripture.

Read Habakkuk 3:17-19 from the New Living Translation below:

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
   yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
     The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.

God called Habakkuk as a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah in the years leading u to its fall to the Babylonian empire.  Times were tough.

Take note of all the reasons Habakkuk lists that would cause many people to lose faith in God. Think of several contemporary situations that would compare.

 

Would you find it hard to praise God in these situations?

 

If Habakkuk were a prophet today, I image he would say:

If there is no money in the bank, if there is no food in the pantry, if there is no job to go to, I can still find joy in God. He will give me the strength to keep going.

What about you? Can you praise God even when times are hard?Do you turn to Him for joy and strength?

 

 

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Monday Minute in the Word – Psalm 111

I’m starting something new today! Mondays can be tough. The weekend is over. A new work week is beginning. There’s no better way to start the week than by filling up with God’s Word. So each Monday morning join me here to take a brief, but reflective look into a passage of Scripture. Here we go!

 Read Psalm 111 from the New Living Translation below:

1Praise the Lord!

I will thank the Lord with all my heart
as I meet with his godly people.
2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them.
3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
His righteousness never fails.
4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
5 He gives food to those who fear him;
he always remembers his covenant.
6 He has shown his great power to his people
by giving them the lands of other nations.
7 All he does is just and good,
and all his commandments are trustworthy.
8 They are forever true,
to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
9 He has paid a full ransom for his people.
He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

Praise him forever!

This Psalm is packed with reasons we should praise God. I wrote 14 reasons in my journal. How many can you find?

I think my favorite reason for praising God listed in this Psalm is found in verse three. God reveals His glory and majesty in everything He does. I so often fail to even acknowledge the activity of God, let alone praise Him for His glory.

“Lord, I pray You will open my eyes to Your activity and allow me to see your glory and majesty!”

What reason for praising God, found in this Psalm, touches your heart today? Share it with us!

 

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