Digging in Deeper: Judges 6:22-23

“Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord.  And Gideon said, ‘Alas, O Lord God!  For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.’  But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be to you.  Do not fear; you shall not die.'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you ever been so upset about something that you were missing the world right in front of your face?  Most of us have at some point.  Life doesn’t go our way and we let it put us in a place where we can’t get past what went wrong.  All of our attention gets sucked into the frustration and things that most people would say are obvious don’t even register on our radar. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Habakkuk 3:17-18

“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 rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you experienced something disappointing yet today?  Not to start you off on a downer here, but the odds are pretty good that you will.  It may be a small disappointment–the parking space you were really hoping to be able to nab gets filled at the last minute.  It may be a big disappointment–someone close to you fails in some significant way.  Or, more likely, the disappointment will fall somewhere in between these two ends.  Whatever exactly is the extent of the disappointment, you are probably going to face one before the day is out. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Job 29:1-4

“And Job again took up his discourse, and said: ‘Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness, as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent…'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Job’s ordeal had been intense at this point.  He had lost everything including his health.  That’s not really specific enough.  He had faced total financial ruin.  All of his children had died in a tragic accident (an accident we, the readers, know was caused by Satan).  His wife had functionally abandoned him out of her own grief.  And he was experiencing horrendous physical suffering as well.  To make matters even worse, three of his best friends had spent days with him arguing with greater and greater intensity and insistence that he was ultimately to blame for all of his troubles because of some sin that was going unconfessed in his life.  The old adage, “when it rains it pours,” does not even begin to cover it here. Read the rest…

Morning Musing: 1 Peter 2:20

“For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?  But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Peter wrote to a group of believers who were facing unjust suffering.  He wrote to them to offer them encouragement to keep on in their faith in spite of the things they were enduring.  His message was and is so powerful that 1 Peter is still a favorite book of the Bible among people who are facing persecution today. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Hebrews 12:7

“It is for discipline that you have to endure.  God is treating you as sons.  For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Facing hard stuff is something we all have to do at some point in our lives.  It may be a little hard.  It may be a lot hard.  But in a broken world, hard stuff is part of the journey.  The only variable here is how we handle the hard. Read the rest…