Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 27, 2014
The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah 2:5
God resources His children for whatever is needed in the moment. If grace, He pours out His grace. If mercy, He shows mercy. If hope, He serves up hope. If love, He loves us to the fullest. If comfort, He comforts and calms. If peace, beyond our understanding, He provides peace. If strength, He gives strength for the journey. If direction, His Spirit directs. If patience, the Lord’s long-suffering seeps its way deep into our soul. If wisdom, He generously gives His perspective. When resourced by God, we are ready for whatever comes our way. He takes care of His own.
Nehemiah desired comfort and confidence. He needed the support of his boss to send him on his way with the resources he needed to rescue his people. God used the creditability of the King to carry out His will for Nehemiah. We may experience similar circumstances out of our control, but the Lord lays on the heart of an earthly authority to support heaven’s plan for our life. When we are honest with our godly intentions, God opens doors for their fulfillment. He resources us.
I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19
Our prayerful attitude is an agent of Almighty God’s activities. Like a private investigator seeks out the truth of a matter, so our prayers seek the heart of God on a matter. Before we tell a person what we want, we ask God what we need. Sometimes in the process of seeking the Lord’s provision, He shows us an idea bigger than our original request. What we thought a bold request, was modest compared to what Christ wants to accomplish. He resources us beyond our desires.
What do you need right now? Financial relief? Physical healing? Spiritual nourishment? A child to follow God? A parent to love you? A spouse to support you? A reasonable boss? Opportunity? Humility? Forgiveness? Whatever you lack, seek the Source for your resources. The Lord longs to give you what you need, once you are ready to receive. Be honest about your motives, ask Christ for cleansing so you can be trusted with His favor. He resources a repentant and grateful heart.
And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests. Nehemiah 2:8
Prayer: Heavenly Father, purify my heart, so I am ready to receive Your resources for my life and work.
Related Readings: Judges 6:39; 1 Chronicles 4:10; Psalm 20:5; Daniel 9:20; Philippians 4:6
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The word ‘resource’ is a noun, not a verb nor an adjective….
God cannot ‘resource’ anything — He can provide all the resources He wants, but He doesn’t ‘rescource’ and people are not ‘resourced.’
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