Devotion: Challenging God

When we are in pain, sorrow, or just have a lot of why questions we can start to challenge, blame, or manipulate God. For Job it couldn’t get worse and so with his words he started to challenge the Lord. Well the Lord had some pretty hard questions for Job.
Job 28


Devotion: Praising God in the Good and Bad

Job had everything taken away from him but on some level he knew that he needed to praise God and worship Him. Even when we don’t understand, even when we don’t know the why God is still good and worthy to be praised.
Job 1

Devotion: Immediate Response Should Be Worship

Whether good, bad, happy, sad, tragic, or triumph your immediate response should be Worship. Why, because it is so powerful and will help you in any circumstance. Job was such a great example of worshiping God immediately in his darkest hour.
Job 1

Devotion: Sorrow into Gladness

The Lord is so good at turning sorrow into gladness and mourning into joy. He did that when the Jews were going to be annihilated and the Lord turned it around to where they could defend themselves and save their family.
Esther 9

Devotion: Delay Recognition

When you do something so right or say something on point but you don’t get promoted, praise, or recognized like you should. Just know that God is in control and delaying it for the right time. Mordecai saved the king from assassination but didn’t get recognized for a while after it happened. But when He did it literally saved his life.
Esther 6

Devotion: Your Kids Do Hear

Your kids do in fact hear you! When you get instructions, what you or what you speak over them. You may feel like the don’t listen but when they are faced with situations your voice will be in their head leading them in the choices they make. Esther was raised by Mordecia and even when He wasn’t around she still heard his voice in her head.
Esther 2

Devotion: Understanding God’s Word

It’s not enough for us to know what is in the Bible (though we should) we need to understand it’s meaning. After Nehemiah and the Jews completed the wall they had a time of rejoicing with a feast and reading the book of the law. But the leaders didn’t just read it they explained the meaning as well.
Nehemiah 8

Devotion: Taking Out the Leader

The enemy hates the move of God and will stop at nothing to cease what the Lord is doing through people. The enemies of the Jews hated the wall of Jerusalem being built. The first tried to stop the group from rebuilding and when that didn’t work they went after Nehemiah the leader. If they could take out Nehemiah surely they could stop the wall from being built. Satan is the same way. He hates the move of God and if he can’t stop it as a whole he will go after those who are leading the charge
Nehemiah 6

Devotion: Pushing Through Opposition

Nehemiah and the Jews not only faced opposition but they pushed through it! When God gives us a task it doesn’t mean it is going to be easy but are WE willing to push through and see it to full fruition?
Nehemiah 4

Devotion: Put It On Their Heart

God was burdening Nehemiah’s heart to help his people Judah. But it was such a God size task he knew he couldn’t do it alone so Nehemiah asked the Lord to put it on his boss’s King Artaxerxes heart to help him with the task. I have prayed this prayer for years and I have seen God come through more times than I can even count. When God gives us a giant task we can totally pray for God to put it on people’s heart to help.
Nehemiah 1