“STORY LINE”

EVERY WEEK, I RECEIVE COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THESE “WEDNESDAY MINUTE” DEVOTIONALS. READERS WRITE OF EMOTIONAL TURNING POINTS IN THEIR LIVES, HOW THE DEVOTIONAL TOUCHED THE HEART OF A LOVED ONE OR OF A DEEP REFLECTION OF SPIRITUAL NEEDS AND GROWTH. SOME WRITE OF A TROUBLED SOUL OF THEMSELVES OR A RELATIVE. ALL IN ALL, I RECEIVE THE BIGGEST BLESSING IN DISCOVERING HOW “WEDNESDAY MINUTE” IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY LIVES. ISN’T IT GREAT HOW GOD CAN USE SUCH A SIMPLE ‘STORY LINE’ AND RELATE HIS HOLY WORD TO HELP US? THE ONE QUESTION I AM ASKED MOST OFTEN IS: “WHERE DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR SO MANY ‘WEDNESDAY MINUTE’ DEVOTIONALS?” THE SECOND MOST ASKED QUESTION IS: “WHO HELPS ME WRITE THESE DEVOTIONALS?” BOTH QUESTIONS HAVE THE SAME ANSWER. IF IT WERE UP TO ME ALONE, FEW WORDS WOULD EVER BE WRITTEN. THE ‘STORY LINE’ IS GIVEN TO ME AS GOD’S INSPIRATION FROM SOMETHING I HEARD, READ OR WITNESSED SOMEONE EXPERIENCE. GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HELPS ME WRITE THESE DEVOTIONALS. WITHOUT GOD’S INSPIRATION, THESE WORDS WOULD NEVER MAKE IT TO YOUR INBOX. I COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT GOD. KNOWING GOD’S WORD IS IMPORTANT, BUT KNOWING JESUS DIED SO THAT I MIGHT LIVE AND HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE ME MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. I TAKE NO CREDIT. WHEN A FRIEND FIRST ENCOURAGED ME TO WRITE THESE DEVOTIONALS, I TOLD HIM I COULD NOT DO IT. GOD SHOWED ME I COULD NOT ONLY WRITE, BUT THESE MESSAGES WOULD BE RECEIVED AROUND THE WORLD. THESE DEVOTIONALS ARE NOW BEING EMAILED TO BELIEVERS IN 7 COUNTRIES...

“IS GOD ENOUGH?”

“THE RABBLE WITH THEM BEGAN TO CRAVE OTHER FOOD, AND AGAIN THE ISRAELITES STARTED WAILING AND SAID, ‘IF ONLY WE HAD MEAT TO EAT!'” NUMBERS 11:4 NIV READ NUMBERS 11:1-35 IT SOMETIMES SEEMS THE MORE WE HAVE THE MORE WE WANT. ARE WE NEVER SATISFIED? WE TAKE LIFE ON LIKE A BUFFET RESTAURANT. WE GO BACK FOR SECONDS AND THIRDS IN OUR EFFORTS TO HAVE MORE. IF ONE DESSERT IS GOOD, THEN A SECOND HAS TO BE BETTER. THE NEW CAR WAS ONLY NEW FOR DAYS OR WEEKS OR MAYBE A FEW MONTHS TO MOST. NOW, THE NEW CAR IS TWO YEARS ‘OLD’ AND THE NEWEST MODEL IS LOOKING BETTER AND BETTER. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN A SHOE REPAIR SHOP WAS IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD, READY TO PUT NEW HEELS AND SOLES ON THOSE OLD SHOES TO MAKE THEM LIKE NEW AGAIN. NOW, WE JUST BUY A NEW PAIR OF SHOES. WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH? IN READING THE 11TH CHAPTER OF NUMBERS, WE FIND SEVERAL MESSAGES. THE PEOPLE HAD BEEN RESCUED FROM EGYPT, BUT WERE NOT GRATEFUL OF GOD’S MERCY. THESE REFUGEES WERE CONSIDERING THEIR ENSLAVEMENT IN EGYPT AS NOT SO BAD. HOW SOON THEY FORGOT THE BEATINGS, HARD LABOR AND EVEN DEATH AT THE HANDS OF THE EGYPTIANS. THE PEOPLE COMPLAINED OF LITTLE FOOD AND GOD SENT THEM MANNA. THEY WERE SATISFIED FOR A SHORT WHILE. ARE WE AS UNGRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS SUPPLIED? IT WAS NOT LONG UNTIL WE GET TO VERSE 4, WITH GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE DECLARING “IF WE ONLY HAD MEAT!”. IN THIS VERSE, THE GROUP IS DESCRIBED AS A RABBLE…A VOCIFEROUS, ROWDY, DEMANDING...

“THE RIGHT THING”

CHOICES. WE MAKE THEM EVERY DAY. IT WOULD SEEM THE CHOICES WOULD GET EASIER, BUT FOR SOME OF US IT TAKES A LIFETIME TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE DO THE THINGS WE DO. WHEN MY SONS WERE YOUNGSTERS, I TOLD THEM OF CHOICES. FACED WITH A SITUATION, WE HAVE ONE CHOICE IN FOUR TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. BY A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION WE CAN EVALUATE THE FACTS AND MAKE A DECISION. WE CAN: 1) DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE WRONG REASON 2) DO THE WRONG THING FOR THE RIGHT REASON 3) DO THE WRONG THING FOR THE WRONG REASON 4) DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE RIGHT REASON IT SEEMS EASY WHEN YOU MAKE THIS SIMPLE LIST. OF COURSE, WE ALL WOULD LIKE TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE RIGHT REASON. SATAN IS SURE TO THROW SOME CONFUSION INTO OUR ABILITY TO DISCERN. THERE ARE TIMES WE EVALUATE INFORMATION AND STILL MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE, ONLY TO DISCOVER OUR ERROR AT A LATER TIME. OTHER TIMES, THE CHOICES BECOME CLOUDY. EVEN AS WE MATURE, WE STILL MAKE BAD DECISIONS. DECISIONS ARE MADE WITHOUT THINKING THRU A SITUATION, IGNORING THE WARNING SIGNS OR SIMPLY JUST DOING WHAT WE WANT WHEN WE KNOW BETTER. WE ARE STILL LIVING IN THE SIN WHICH ADAM AND EVE DELIVERED TO MANKIND. GOD’S WAY IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT WAY. WE SHOULD DEPEND UPON ONE QUESTION; “WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO?”. GOD GAVE US 10 SIMPLE COMMANDMENTS TO GUIDE OUR LIVES…10 ABSOLUTES THAT ARE EASY TO UNDERSTAND. YET, WE STILL MAKE BAD CHOICES. WE CREATE OUR OWN ‘IF, AND, OR, BUT’ EXCEPTIONS....