“Where is God?” August 2

 

Where is God? - Have you ever wondered "Where is God?" Why doesn't He seem to be answering my prayers? Why is he allowing this?st 2" >Have you ever wondered “Where is God?” Why doesn’t He seem to be answering my prayers? Why is he allowing this?

Also, what does it mean that God “remembers our sins no more”? Does it means He forgets? Do we have to forget in order to forgive others of sins against us?

 

Today’s Readings:
Esther 5 & 6
Psalm 90.1-6
Proverbs 22.9
Romans 4.1-25

Where is God?

 

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The God Who is Always at Work on Behalf of His People

 

God is always at work, on behalf of His people, even when we can’t see what He is doing. In the book of Esther, there is no prophet, no direct words from God. God’s activities are not, at first, apparent.

But He causes a pagan king to suffer a sleepless night and to ask his servant to read to him—from a government record. What an unlikely “bedtime story.” Then God has the reader go to something that happened five years previously, concerning one of His servants, Mordecai, and his loyalty to the King! As you will remember from yesterday’s reading, Mordecai is in wicked Haman’s crosshairs.

When the king realized Mordecai had never been rewarded for his actions, he decided to reward him (better late than never) and used his enemy, Haman, to do it. Haman was mortified and, probably, terrified about this turn of events!

Even his wife, who had encouraged him to build a gallows on which to hang Mordecai, said, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.”

To be continued in tomorrow’s reading …

As you read today’s and tomorrow’s readings in Esther, ask God to show you how He’s working behind the scenes in your life, even in those things which are painful and difficult, when you’re tempted to ask, “Where is God?” Meditate on and ask yourself: Continue reading

November 29 “Are you struggling to trust God?”

worry anxiety questioning trusting GodIs there some area of life where you are struggling to trust God? Do you find yourself impatient because God has failed to answer your prayer or change your circumstances? What should your heart attitude be in this season?

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 1 & 2
Psalm 135.15-21
Proverbs 29.10
1 Peter 5.1-14

We’ve finished another O.T. book (Ezekiel) and will finish 1 Peter today. We’re closing in on the end of the year! What has God shown you as you’re read through the Word? I’d love to get your input.

 

Daniel 1 & 2:

God uses all things for good

Daniel was a contemporary of Ezekiel, so this book backs up to the beginning of the Babylonian conquest when Daniel was kidnapped and taken to Babylon along with other intelligent, handsome young men. They were to be brain-washed through education and exposure to rich-living so they would be useful to the leadership in Babylon, possibly to help with the other Jews who would later be brought to Babylon in larger numbers.

Because of his character, he would instead be used by God in a great way to influence two pagan kingdoms. What a great example of God using “all things,” even an unsaved king and unfair, undeserved circumstances, for good (Rom. 8.28).

In chapter 2 God revealed to him Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and gave him the interpretation. Just as He did with Joseph, God was setting the stage to use Daniel’s personal circumstances to alter the course of history. And in it all, Daniel gave glory to God (vv. 28-30).

But what about your life and your st 29 “God’s promise in trials”" href="http://donnareidland.com/august-29-gods-promise-in-trials/" target="_blank">difficulties? Has someone sinned against you in grievous ways? If you are a believer, God’s promises are true for you, too! He has not allowed anything in your life that He cannot use for your good and His glory. Others may have meant it for evil, but God means it for good (Gen. 50.20).

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