January 29, 2021
Happy Weekend to you! We are expecting my nephew’s family to stop by as they are here in Brainerd for their son’s Hockey games. Our granddaughter is playing Soccer in MN too but unfortunately only one parent allowed into the game. Al is off to have lunch with one of the men from his Band of Brother’s class. This morning I cleaned the apartment and made a stir fry dish and studied.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Do we feel at times that God is stretching our faith? Perhaps we feel He is asking us to do something that doesn’t seem to make sense at the time or could be beyond what we feel capable of doing. And yet He wants our obedience even before we understand or see results. I think many people we read of in the Bible must have had questions at the time and yet they did what Jesus asked. Now what if we were one of the servants at the wedding of Cana and Jesus told us to fill 6 big water pots with water; would we do it and whine under our breath of all the work to fill containers that held up to 30 gallons of water and for what? But Jesus had purpose and turned the water into the best wine ever! Sometimes when we are called to do something small and obey, the Lord turns it into something big. Years ago, two students at Whitworth University went to a run-down hotel in downtown Spokane and made a few sack lunches for the poor people living there. Other students joined them and years later there is a wonderful ministry happening as hundreds of meals are distributed each week to those that live in shabby hotels there, plus they are able to share the gospel with them. All because two students took a step of faith and obedience. We may have no idea why God is asking us to do something but Gerald Sittser said, “Give God an inch and He takes a mile, one step at a time. We take one small risk; years later we look back and marvel at what has happened as a result.” It could be that we invite a neighbor or two for coffee and it leads to having a weekly Bible Study. Or maybe going on a short term mission to Mexico and ending up being a missionary. That happened to two gals from our church in D.M and they ended up in South America. Often we see a need and pray as we take a small step to address the need; before long, others may respond and join us and it can lead to a full time work for the Lord. Our part is to obey when we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us and leave the results up to Him. Like the song goes, “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. Jesus said in John 15:14 (ESV) “You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
Challenge for today: Step out in faith and obedience when you sense the Holy Spirit directing you.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy