Strength for today is mine all the way,
And all I need for tomorrow;
My Lord knows the way thru the wilderness -
All I have to do is follow!
There was a day, or two, or perhaps seventy-eight of them, not too very long ago, when the thoughts that I was thinking were not reliable. I couldn't trust my own heart. My brain was scrambled.
My heart is deceitful and my thoughts aren't God's, even on a good day. And my days were not good. There were not a lot of deep thoughts going on in there. I was in crisis. I was in the midst of a storm, and I couldn't function. I considered it a good day if I had successfully made iced tea.
During the early days of trial or grief, you find yourself unable to think many new thoughts. Your ability to reason goes silent. Your intellect goes dumb. You'd better have some deep roots in the Lord to carry you through those days. You will need to depend on Him. You'll need to draw from a relationship already established, and...
You can read the account of Elijah's life in 1 Kings and going into the beginning of 2 Kings. I love to teach it. The amazing stories of his life are many. I spent a week telling of it to my sixth grade class, and could have gone on much longer.
The story that I tell you today is definitive of Elijah's life and is one of my favorites ever to tell to children. I know, I know. I have lots of favorites. :)
Ahab was the King of Israel, which was divided at the time of his reign. Ahab was wicked beyond being wicked. That is, he was a wicked man of his own right. But in addition to the evil of his own heart was the influence of his wife, Jezebel. Even in the world and among people who have very little knowledge of the Bible her name is synonymous with "a wicked woman".
She influenced her husband to do wrong on many levels, including in the worship of baal and other false gods. And together, they had lead the people of God to do the same. S...
I've been thinking about that Starfish story post that I wrote a few days ago. About how I said that there were probably a dozen truths that God gave me early on in my Christian life, and how those truths have molded me into the woman that I am today.
I've been thinking about how true that is. Except the truth is that there are many dozen. Maybe hundreds. I've been thinking about how important it is as a young Christian to be sitting at the feet of older Christians who aren't afraid to love on you. Sweet Christians who are willing to feed you, and feed you well. Feed you from the principles and truths of God's Word.
I remember being a young Christian in my home church. I was only sixteen when I first came. A girl that my younger sister, Laura, went to school with had invited her to a teen activity. They were building the world's-largest-sub. That is 'sub' as in huge sandwich, not 'sub' as in underwater vessel. :) After the devotion at the teen a...
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore.
Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.
“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don't throw them further in they will die.”
“But, old man, don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can't possibly save them all; you can't even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won't make any difference at all.”
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”
I heard this story from the pulpit many years ago. Maybe forty or more. It became one of maybe a dozen truths that I heard preached that settl...