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God Uses the Faithful

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God Uses the Faithful

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From the other end of our house I could hear her beautiful voice singing, “Oh what needless pain we bear—all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer” as she did chores. My little seven-year-old self enjoyed hearing Dorothy sing in our home. She carried joy in her being and wore a huge smile.

My mother’s illness kept her from getting us three kids up for school in the morning or fixing us meals. However, God provided her a helper, and her name was Dorothy. She came to our home Monday to Friday, early morning until late afternoon. She woke us up, prepared breakfast, got us off to school, took care of our house, and prepared a meal that we warmed up for our family dinner at night. In many ways, Dorothy filled the traditional mother role in our lives.

If I could turn back the hands of time, or if she were still alive on earth, I’d like to give Dorothy a vase full of beautiful flowers and a nice card with “Happy Mother’s Day” in great big letters on the front. Not until I was older did I grasp the influence she had in my life. God used her consistent example of dependability, kindness, joy, patience, and gentleness to plant seeds of His great love in my heart. I am eternally grateful.

I believe God uses His faithful to influence children in various ways. In my life, it was Dorothy. In the prophet Samuel’s life, it was a priest named Eli. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, made this vow:

“O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime.”
1 Samuel 1:11 (NLT)

When Samuel was a young boy, his mother brought him to the Lord’s temple to honor her vow. Eli’s home provided the foundation for Samuel’s faith.

Mother’s Day provides a perfect time to honor our mothers and those who loved and cared for us as mothers. It’s also a reminder to those who may not have a child to look for opportunities to reach out to children in their realm of influence with the love of Christ. Who knows whether this might be the very reason a child will keep an open door in their heart for the Lord.

When I get to heaven, I’ll be so happy to thank Dorothy. Maybe with a big vase of flowers and a card, if such things exist there.

May our joy in the Lord draw others to new life in Him!

Today’s Devotions

Morning

May 6

Judges 16:20 20Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him.

Samson had walked the fence of serving the LORD and serving his lusts until it finally caught up with him. The flesh wars against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. Eventually one must win. Samson could not see that flirting with evil would cost him so much. He’d been shown mercy by God again and again and thought that it would never end. This time he crossed the last line. “My Spirit will not always strive with man,” the Lord once said. Delilah conned him into telling the source of his strength. Did he really think he would get away with it again, or was he hoping he would be normal so that he could know if she genuinely loved him? Whatever was going on in his mind, he thought he was still anointed when he woke.

What a warning this is to us! We go on flirting with disaster, compromising with evil and then we jump up thinking the anointing is still upon us. We go out to battle and find we have no strength. His eyes were put out. It was symbol of his spiritual blindness. He labored for years for the enemy, another symbol of the spiritual oppression we suffer when sin masters us.

Finally, when put on display at a feast to the enemy’s god, he gave himself in one last act of service to God. What a price he paid to see in the Spirit. What a price he had to pay to be free from bondage to the enemy. Still his death took a greater toll upon the enemy than his life. God gives second chances.

Consider: Flirting with evil will eventually extract a painful price. Quit now!

Streams in the Desert – May 6

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The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him (Ps. 25:14).

There are secrets of Providence which God’s dear children may learn. His dealings with them often seem, to the outward eye, dark and terrible. Faith looks deeper and says, “This is God’s secret. You look only on the outside; I can look deeper and see the hidden meaning.”

Sometimes diamonds are done up in rough packages, so that their value cannot be seen. When the Tabernacle was built in the wilderness there was nothing rich in its outside appearance. The costly things were all within, and its outward covering of rough badger skin gave no hint of the valuable things which it contained.

God may send you, dear friends, some costly packages. Do not worry if they are done up in rough wrappings. You may be sure there are treasures of love, and kindness, and wisdom hidden within. If we take what He sends, and trust Him for the goodness in it, even in the dark, we shall learn the meaning of the secrets of Providence.
–A. B. Simpson

Not until each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the pattern
And explain the reason why
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern which He planned.

He that is mastered by Christ is the master of every circumstance. Does the circumstance press hard against you? Do not push it away. It is the Potter’s hand. Your mastery will come, not by arresting its progress, but by enduring its discipline, for it is not only shaping you into a vessel of beauty and honor, but it is making your resources available.

Creator of Heaven and Earth

  PSALM 33:6-9

From: Today Devotions

He spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

—  Psalm 33:9

Though my father wasn’t a carpenter by trade, he loved to work with wood. He enjoyed taking a piece of wood and transforming it into something useful and pleasing. As creatures made in the image of God, we all have an inborn desire to make things useful and lovely. In this we imitate God, who created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 33 recalls God’s almighty power in creating everything around us: the sky, the sun, the stars, the mountains, the oceans. God not only created all that we see; he also created good things we can’t see—like air, gravity, and sound, as well as love, goodness, and justice. God did this, as the psalm says, through the power of his spoken word.

When we say, with the Apostle’s Creed, that God is the “creator of heaven and earth,” we are declaring that the same God who made the mountains, forests, and oceans made each one of us too. What’s more, we are declaring that this God hasn’t stepped back from what he has made; no, he still delights in sustaining it.

We can take great comfort in knowing that the all-powerful creator and sustainer, God Almighty, is the one that we also call our heavenly Father. God cares for us; he knows what we need; and he will never let us slip from his tender care.

May your unfailing love be with us, Almighty God. Guide us to put our hope in you. Amen.

About the author — Kurt Selles.