Monday, May 10, 2021

Need Help? Want Hope? Here's Your Source!

On one special occasion, Queen Elizabeth decided to honor a nobleman for his service by giving him a ring. As she presented him the ring she said, “If you are ever in trouble, send the ring to me, and I will help you.” What power that ring represented.

But there is one who is much more powerful than a king or a queen, a president or a premier who is available to us: “The Mighty One, God, the Lord,” declared the Psalmist. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you and you will honor Me,” is His enduring promise.

The language of The Mighty One is incredibly significant. He did not say, “Don’t call me – I’ll call you when I have time.” Nor did He say, “That problem’s insignificant” or “Your concern does not matter to me,” or “I’ll refer that to someone else later.” Our God, who is richer than the richest and stronger than the strongest and the greatest friend we can have, says to each of us, “Call me when you are facing troubles and need help. I’m always available.” Is that not exciting? If you are facing a difficult problem as you are reading this Seed, you can stop – right now – and know that He is waiting for You to call on Him.

Not only is He available, but He gives us the assurance that He will deliver us. What good is His availability if He is too powerless to protect us, too weak to fight for us, or too poor to meet our needs? Whatever trouble we are facing – large or small, ours or someone we love – He guarantees a timely, effective, and positive solution. He will deliver us when we call!

But He does make one simple request of us: “You will honor me.” The goal of our prayer must not be to bring attention to ourselves for what He has done or will do for us, it must always be to bring honor to His name in all we do!

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the hope we have in You and Your willingness to hear our prayer and Your ability and willingness to answer them and show Your care for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Call on Me in the day of trouble. I will take you out of trouble, and you will honor Me. Psalm 50:15

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Wisdom And Understanding

“You are not prepared to live,” said the professor to his philosophy class, “until you are ready to die.” Few, if any, live with that thought in mind.

When he was twenty years old, David was diagnosed with cancer. After a careful examination, the attending physician said to him, “I’m sorry, but you have only a short time to live. At the most, two years.” David took the news without flinching. He had accepted Christ as his Savior six months before he was given the news. He was well prepared.

As the disease progressed and his health deteriorated, his faith continued to grow. And as his faith grew so did his willingness to witness, and he gained a boldness about sharing God’s grace. On one occasion he said, “Cancer brought me to my knees, and I realized I had no control over my life – only my mind.”

During a visit with one of his physicians, he was asked, “Do you want to live a short time for God or a long time for nothing?” He responded by saying, “Whether I live a short time or a long time, it will be for God. My life is in His hands.”

Shortly before his death his mother would walk into his room and ask, “David, are you still here?” Each time he would answer, “Yes, Mother. I’m still here.”

On the last day of his life she went into his room and asked, “David are you still here?” His reply that day was, “Yes, Mother, but not for much longer. I’m going home.” He looked around the room and said, “Mother, faith is a lighted room.”

Where does a faith like David’s come from? “God will redeem my life from the grave,” said the Psalmist, “he will surely take me to Himself.” Faith like his comes from faith in Christ.

David lived his life knowing he was ready to die. Are you?

Prayer: We are grateful, Lord, for the confidence we have in Your Son, knowing that we can have eternal life through Him. May we accept His salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: But God will free my soul from the power of the grave. For He will take me to Himself. Psalm 49:15

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Don't Forget Your God!

Recently an item appeared on the news that told the story of a 34-year-old man suing his parents for “not preparing him to earn a living.” He asked the judge to force his parents to sell their home and from the proceeds purchase him a restaurant. Parents, he argued, are responsible for providing a useful education for their children. However, the parental task he expected of them, is as old as mankind. It began with the children of Israel.

Psalm 48 begins with a call to praise the Lord. He is “great,” said the Psalmist, and “worthy of praise.” In between verses one and fourteen, the author gives many descriptions of the greatness of God and several reasons why He was worthy of praise. But why is He great and why is He worthy of praise?

Contained in the Psalm is a description of the City of Zion – the “joy of the whole earth.” And what is this joy or where does it come from? It is the City of the Great King – God Himself! And we read that “God is in her citadels; He has shown Himself to be her fortress; when kings joined forces and ‘saw her’ they fled in terror; it is the city of our God and in her temple, God makes her secure forever; in His temple they meditate on His unfailing love; people in the villages are glad because of His judgments.”

The people in the Psalm are then told to “walk about Zion, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, and view her citadels so that you may tell of them the next generation!”

Why were the contents of this Psalm important to the children of Israel? In His wisdom God advised the writers of this Psalm to produce a document that contained a historical record of God’s love and faithfulness, His goodness and guidance, His strength and power. This Psalm contains a most significant fact: Parents are to pass on to their children the fact that God, in His grace and goodness, will provide, protect, and care for His children as long as they are faithful to Him.

Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for the record of Your might and majesty, Your power and presence that gives us reasons to trust You for our salvation! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. Psalm 48:13

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Praise The Creator!

Years ago a rural farmer was driving his Model “T” into town when it stopped in the middle of a crossroad. He lifted the hood and was amazed at the wires and strange parts he had never bothered to look at previously. Confused, he walked around the car several times then got inside and tried to start it. Again and again he stepped on the starter.  The engine would start, run a few seconds, and then stop. In frustration he got out once again. This time, however, he slammed the door with all his strength. 

A gentleman approached him in an expertly tailored suit, white shirt and tie and said, “Sir, your carburetor is out of adjustment. May I help you?”

Puzzled at the man’s appearance and offer to help, he said quickly, “What do you know about this car?”

“Oh, I know very much about it,” came the reply. “I am Henry Ford, and I made your car. Since I made it, I can fix it.”

God created the universe from “nothing.” Man came from His creative power. Yet, when things go wrong in God’s universe among those He created, we generally look to other people to fix the problem or problems. Research is initiated, heads of state meet and negotiate, and conferences are held with resolutions that only last for a short time.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Your will, Father, is to be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It was God’s plan that the planet He created would reflect His will and bring glory to His name. We know, however, that the first man and woman He created refused to follow His plan. Because of their decision all of us are affected by its results – suffering, wars, and rumors of wars.

One day we know that He will return to earth, restore His creation, and reign over His Kingdom. He will be exalted, His will done, and His purposes accomplished!

Prayer: May our hearts be encouraged, Lord, as we look forward to the day You will return and become our exalted King and You “repair” Your work. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. Psalm 46:10b

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Confidence Through Quietness

Noise is a major distraction. It interrupts our thoughts, disrupts our concentration, and interferes with our conversations. It prevents us from going to sleep and even awakens us when we do not want to be disturbed. It is often used in athletic contests and sporting events to destroy the focus of team members at critical times.

Wisely the Psalmist advises us to “Be still and know that I am God.” Another translation presents it differently and with more clarity: “I will be still in Your presence, O God, so I can learn to know You more intimately.” For us to grow into the likeness of Christ we must become still in the presence of God.

The word still implies the need for the Christian to stop, look around, think, relax, and learn the meaning of the great events that God is performing in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Our minds are usually occupied with the ordinary, day-to-day things of life that demand our constant attention. Then, suddenly and with no warning, we are overwhelmed with an event that consumes us and requires our complete attention – night and day - until the threat passes. It is indeed difficult to be still during life’s challenges because life’s “noises” bring deafness to God’s voice.

However, when we do become still in His presence, He will bring calmness to our hearts and peace to our minds. And if we genuinely want to know Him, as He wants us to know Him, we will take time each day to do only one thing – experience Him as we experience any other person. We can only know others if we spend time in their presence, believe that they care for us, open our hearts to them in trust, share with them our deepest concerns and know that they do us no harm. It is the same with Jesus. Be still to know.

What a Friend we can have in Jesus if we take the time to be still to know Him!

Prayer: Help us, Father, to quiet our minds before You, open our hearts to You, and share our lives with You so that you can be our dear Friend. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a

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