When God says row?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do the “Yes Lord” moments in life usually result in an “Amen and thank you” later on? When he says row do you start paddling?

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Since the This Passing Day ministry began almost 20 years ago nearly 5,000 daily devotions on a wide range of topics have been shared. Each one of these devotions has been based on a story, usually something from daily life experiences here at Beech Springs. Over this past Easter weekend I was asked how I was able to come up with fresh stories five times a week? Although there’ve been a few times I was at a loss for an application, but it isn’t the norm. Once I’ve selected a topic and a Scripture, God simply gives me a storyline. Usually that gift is in the form of a simple idea or event and that’s my moment to act. When in that moment the germ of a story is graciously given; that’s a critical time. If I don’t own the moment and accept the gift, it simply slips away. In that regard I say “yes” followed by “Amen.” Ultimately the storyline becomes an illustration. Simply, God says row and I start paddling.

Moments come and go in the life of a Christian. Some are fleeting, others critically important. When God gives me a storyline, I consider it a critical “Amen” moment. Inevitably the “Yes Lord” results in an “Amen and thank you.” My obedience, God’s blessing; that’s a working partnership.

Oswald Chambers writes. “The promises of God are of no value to us until by obedience we understand the nature of God. We read some things in the Bible three hundred and sixty-five times and they mean nothing to us; then all of a sudden we see what God means, because in some particular we have obeyed God, and instantly His nature is opened up. ‘All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.' The ‘yea’ must be born of obedience; when by the obedience of our lives we say ‘Amen’ to a promise, then that promise is ours.” (My Utmost for His Highest, November 17)

Genesis 22:16-17 reveals the promise God made to Abraham as he yielded the moment to his Maker. “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore…” I sometimes like to put things off or, even worse, hope that they will go away. That may work on the temporal side at times, but it’s rarely a successful strategy when God is behind the doing. Acknowledging God’s providence with a “yes” is a good start. It’s the place we all need to start when there are important decisions to make in this life. But, if the yes is not followed by an “Amen,” the moment may be wasted. A promise from God is a sure thing, so sure that there is never a need to hesitate or ask why. Simply, trust in the fact that a promise always followed by a gracious response. The storyline of the moment becomes an illustration of the day. When he says “row,” it’s best just to start paddling.

We pray. Heavenly Father, working without a witness to ourselves is a difficult thing to do. We crave a little credit every now and then. Father, forgive us when we look for glory in the call, even the smallest bit of credit. We deserve no more than just living our lives and moving on in grace and faith until you call us home. Help us to live quietly and to your glory. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> God bless you for Jesus sake.

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