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I Was Just Thinking … About Exulting in Tribulation

“Exult in tribulation.” says Romans 5:3. And James joins with Paul, telling us to “count it all joy when you meet various trials” (James 1:2). But how is it possible to do this when life’s adversities inflict real pain and seem to darken our future prospects? These commands seem nonsensical until we remember that God’s … Continue reading

Habakkuk #11—Future Praise

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Eternal; I will rejoice in the God of … Continue reading

Habakkuk #6—Glorious Help

The Lord of the Universe has established that peoples toil for fire, and nations grow weary for nothing; for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Eternal as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:13–14 God’s commitment to maintain and display his glory drives his providential supervision of all … Continue reading

Habakkuk #4—Time and Treasure

The vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the goal; it will not fail. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 Treasure terminates time: “If it takes forever, I will wait for you …”  “Anticipation … is keeping me waiting!” “You can’t hurry love; … Continue reading

Habakkuk #3— “Post-its” For Patience

Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2–3 Sometimes God assures … Continue reading

Team #3—Needed Grace

Do not let any rotten word proceed from your mouth, but only what is good for servicing someone’s need, in order to give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 Gracious words can flow from the joy of our hearts, through others’ ears, to the joy of their hearts. This is amazing! It’s also daunting. … Continue reading

Refined Integrity

The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Eternal tests hearts. Proverbs 17:3 During the holidays, broken airplanes, cancellations because of weather, miscommunications about rides to the hotel, and snoring roommates are not just annoying incidents in our daily lives. They are opportunities for us to inventory the stock of … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sonnet—A Day Is Not Enough

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 O Lord, we set aside this day to say That we rejoice in all that you have done; With love and joy we’ve only just begun To celebrate your gracious resumé. Indeed, a day … Continue reading

Forgiveness #7—Saving Forgiveness

Be on your guard so you don’t destroy faith! If other followers of Christ sin against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. And if one of them sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, “I repent,” forgive each one of them. Luke 17:3–4 We have … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #2—The End In View

Joseph answered, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended evil toward me, but God intended your actions for a good purpose, so he could keep alive a great people.” Genesis 50:20 Joseph was the perfect child, and his brothers hated him for it. So they sold him into slavery. Despite … Continue reading