Bible in 365 Days – Day 190

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 105-106

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 105:19 NLT

Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God purposefully tested Joseph’s character before leading him to the fulfillment of his dreams.

    Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.

     

Application:

Can God trust you to righteously steward your dreams if they are fulfilled?

There is a common saying that alludes to “how we behave when we have nothing is how we will behave when we have everything.” As the treasured son in his father’s house, Joseph was not ready for his dreams to be fulfilled, although God gave him teasers of what was to come. Can you imagine how the young man who declared his dreams of his father and brothers bowing before him would have reacted when they materialised after his brothers had sold him into slavery? God’s purpose to supply the needs of Israel would probably have never been fulfilled. Can you imagine how you would have reacted to someone who wronged you if God had not taken you through a season where you required forgiveness and had to learn empathy? God’s purpose for you to be an example to that person would probably have never been fulfilled.

Like Joseph’s journey from favoured son to slave to favoured slave to prisoner to favoured prisoner then ruler, second to Pharaoh, God takes us on journeys that are designed to test our character, giving us the qualities we need to righteously steward our fulfilled dreams.

The process is critical to the results. Trust it.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 141

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Kings 3:16-28
  • 1 Kings 5
  • 2 Chronicles 2
  • 1 Kings 6:1-13
  • 2 Chronicles 3:1-14
  • 1 Kings 6:14-48

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Chronicles 2:11-12 NLT

King Hiram sent this letter of reply to Solomon:

“It is because the Lord loves his people that he has made you their king! Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth! He has given King David a wise son, gifted with skill and understanding, who will build a Temple for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.

 

Observation (s):

  1. King Hiram understood that God places people where they make an impact while fulfilling their purpose.

    King Hiram sent this letter of reply to Solomon:

    It is because the Lord loves his people that he has made you their king!Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who made the heavens and the earth! He has given King David a wise son, gifted with skill and understanding, who will build a Temple for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.

     

Application:

At age 20, about a year and a half after I started a new church, I was appointed Assistant Youth Secretary. I wonder “why?”. At age 21, I accidentally ended up teaching CSEC English Language to a group of students at my church’s evening institute that gave adults a second chance at passing the exam. I often wondered, “how did I end up doing this?”. At age 23, I was asked to be an assistant teacher for the Intermediate Sunday School class (teaching teenagers). Again, I wondered “why?”. At age 24, I was a part of a volunteer team that focused on defining and reshaping the organizational culture of my workplace. Oftentimes I wondered “how I ended up in the midst of this?”. Since then, I learned to accept that God tends to place you where you will excel in your purpose and impact His people.

Solomon was a young king. He was crowned during a season when his brothers and elders conspired to take his crown. Like us, he must have had seasons when he pondered the reasons why he was placed in that position. King Hiram’s message to Solomon serves as a reminder that God is all-knowing. He understands our inner desires and purpose and thus, loves his people enough to place us in positions where we can not only self-actualize (fulfil our purpose and potential) but impact as many of His people as possible.

Don’t ponder the reason that God has placed you in the position or season that you are in. Trust that He understands you well enough to guide you to self-actualization. That said, if you are in a season where you are not neither self-actualizating nor impacting others, it may be time for you to check if you are still being guided by the Lord.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 132

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 61-62
  • Psalms 64-67

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 66:13-14 NLT

Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When his deep trouble ended, David still honoured the vows he had made to God.

    Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
    to fulfill the vows I made to you—
    yes, the sacred vows that I made
    when I was in deep trouble.

     

Application:

To vow means to swear, take an oath, pledgepromiseaffirmavowundertake, give an undertaking, engagecommit, commit oneself, make a commitment, give one’s word, give one’s word of honour, give an assurance or guarantee. How would you feel if you worked for a month and your boss refused to pay you? Would you have been happy to continue working without the necessary payment that your contract or bargain dictated that you were entitled to? I bet not!

Now let’s talk about our oaths to God. In the midst of our sticky situations, we tend to bargain with God. We appeal for His deliverance while committing to do something in return. Oftentimes when God delivers on His end, we forget our part of the bargain or refuse to fulfill our promise. That is definitely not fair to God!

How many times have you made pledges to God in the midst of your deep trouble? Did you give your word that you would execute some action, if God came through for you? How many times did God come through for you yet you have failed to uphold your end of the deal? Like David, your word should be your bond. Honour your vows to God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 88

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Focus Chapters:

  • Joshua 19:49-51
  • Joshua 20-21
  • 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

 

Standout Verse(s):

Joshua 21:45 NLT

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God fulfilled all the good promises that He had made to the family of Israel. Everything He spoke of came true.

    Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.

     

Application:

Election season is normally very hard on politicians. Political candidates, in their bid to win votes and their campaigns, oftentimes make promises that are outside the realm of their control. Therefore, even when they win, they are often unable to deliver on their campaign promises.

God is not like these politicians. He makes us promises that are within His power to fulfill. This is demonstrated by His ability to fulfill every good promise that He had made to the Israelites since the days of Abraham. When God makes you a promise, believe that it is a sure thing! Whether today, next week or next year, He will deliver.


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