Tag Archives: Seeking God

I Would Like a Refill, Please!

Another helpful post and illustration by Patrick from Serving Grace Ministries. I need a refill, too, perhaps several.

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By Patrick Hawthorne

Sweet-Tea

Several years ago, I made a trip to Boston.  Being from the deep South all my life, it was a new experience for me, to say the least.  Going into one particular restaurant, I had a hankering – a craving for you Northerners – for some sweet iced tea.  When I asked the waiter, he looked at me as if I had lost my mind.  “There is sugar on the table,” he stated rather smugly.  Good thing I didn’t ask for grits.  His head might have exploded.

Now, you folk from the North don’t know a thing about sweet tea, especially when drank from a Mason jar.  You cannot…and I repeat…you cannot add sugar to tea after it has gotten cold.  All that sugary goodness just drops to the bottom of the glass quicker than my IQ after watching one episode of the Kardashian’s.  Nope, sugar must…

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God Has the Best Answers

God Has the Best Answers                 

“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires” (Genesis 41:16).

Scripture: Genesis 41:14–24
Song: “Jesus Is the Answer” (by Andrae and Sandra Crouch)

Bob wanted everyone to think he was a prophet. He often told people what God was saying about a certain matter. One Sunday, he decided to comment about the minister’s sermon on the benefits of tithing. After waiting for the closing prayer, he stood up and said, “Thus says God . . .” He paused as if the words had just disappeared from his thoughts. So he started again, “Thus says the Lord . . .” Again, he stopped in mid-sentence. After a third attempt with similar results, Bob sat down with this apology: “I really have no idea what God is saying, so please don’t listen to me.”

In today’s passage, Pharaoh needed someone to interpret a troubling dream. His wise men and magicians were, like Bob, clueless. When Pharaoh called upon Joseph, he gave the king the true meaning to his dream, but made it clear that the answer came from God.

Likewise, we should seek the Lord for answers—not make up ones that are self-serving or otherwise politically correct. Such responses are often doomed to failure because they are not based on God’s plan, nor do they rely on faith. Whether it’s a troubling dream, a financial concern, or an unsolvable family problem, we should always ask God for the answer.

Dear Savior, during times of uncertainty, I will wait in prayer until I receive Your reply. Your answer is the only one I truly need. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

“God Has the Best Answers” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Drop Your Stones

Drop Your Stones

Read Exodus 16:1 through 18:27

forlorn pastorChurch attendance had risen. Spirits were high, the mood upbeat, complaints nonexistent. Everything appeared fine until the building fund ran out of money. Then the grumbling started: “Maybe we shouldn’t have started this building project. Where did all the money go? Besides, wasn’t it the pastor’s idea?”

The young pastor felt stunned by all the questions. He adjourned the business meeting for a short recess. Some church members milled around the lobby; a few knelt at their pews. The discouraged pastor entered his office to gather some paperwork, but what he really needed was direction. Closing the door, he dropped to his knees in heartfelt prayer.

Moses faced a similar dilemma when the water supply ran out on the way to the Promised Land. “Then Moses cried out to the LORD, ‘What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me’” (Exodus 17:4).

kneeling in prayerWhen situations turn dire, we should pause for a moment and seek God. He has the solution for every predicament: Some require wisdom; others need a divine miracle. Either way, the best course of action is prayer, not throwing stones.

Prayer Suggestion: Facing problems? Cry out to the Lord with all your heart. God always has the answer.

Quicklook: Exodus 17:1–7

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would help you be faithful in sharing His love with others.

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