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27 Words–1 Chronicles 4:10


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 4:13-22; 1 Chronicles 2:9-55; 1 Chronicles 4:1-23; 1 Samuel 1:1-8

Heavenly Father, why do I make talking to You so difficult?

Why do I compare my prayers to others?  It must make you laugh!

Jabez used 27 words to communicate his needs to You…

“Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” –1 Chronicles 4:10

And You granted him his request.

Lord, can I use Jabez’s prayer?

Lord, oh that You would bless me and expand my territory!  Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-4:11

Lord, Help Me to Wait for Your “As it Happened” Moments–Ruth 2:1-3


Today’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1-4:12

Heavenly Father, the way You set things up is amazing!  Thank you for reminding me of that in today’s reading:

Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.

One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.”

Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.”  So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.  —Ruth 2:1-3

Lord, I don’t believe this was a coincidence; I believe this was your plan from the beginning of time.

“As it happened,” Ruth became the grandmother of King David (Ruth 4:17).

“As it happened,” Jesus Christ came from the lineage of Boaz and Ruth (Matthew 1:5).

Lord, help me to realize that the plans You have for me today are Your “As it Happened” moments for my life.  Help me to go into this day with excitement!  Jesus, carry out Your plans for my life today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 4:13-22; 1 Chronicles 2:9-55; 1 Chronicles 4:1-23; 1 Samuel 1:1-8

Lord Will You Bless Me? –1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 4:13 through Ruth 4:22, 1 Chronicles 2:9 through 1 Chronicles 2:55, 1 Chronicles 4:1 through 1 Chronicles 4:23, 1 Samuel 1:1 through 1 Samuel 1:8

Talk about the icing on the cake, not only did Ruth get swept off her feet by her kinsman redeemer, she became the great-grandmother of King David AND Jesus Christ came through her lineage.

Who knows?

Let me say that again: WHO KNOWS, the plan God has for our lineage.

I’m speaking to myself here…

We spend our whole life looking for a way for God to use us when the greatest and most important thing we may ever do is bring the next generation into this world!

Sowing seeds of greatness into the next generation is every Christian’s calling!

I would love to stop here and tell you about my five children and twelve grandchildren + one on the way, but it would take more time than you have all week!

That’s not all, there are people who God has placed in my life, that aren’t  part of my family that He has called me to sow seeds of greatness into their lives as well.

Speaking of lineages, we sure read some today.  Did you notice the little nugget hidden in the midst of all the descendents?

There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers.  His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful.  He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory!  Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request. –1 Chronicles 4: 9-10

…the sons of this one, the sons of that one…There was a man named Jabez…the sons of this one, the sons of that one…

Do you wonder why the story of Jabez was placed in the middle of this genealogy of the twelve tribes of Israel?

We could read  Bruce Wilkinson’s best-selling book, The Prayer of Jabez, published in 2000 and get the scoop, but here’s what “I” think:

The Jabez “success story” reinforces the importance of the little window of time (stuffed between chronicles of genealogies) we’re here on this earth.  It also shows us that no matter how painfully our lives begin or how insignificant they may seem in the big picture of life; God has a blessing and a purpose.

I know I’m reading things into this, but what if the reason Jabez’ birth was painful was because his Mom had him out-of-wedlock?  Or maybe Jabez was a chronically ill child?  Or maybe Jabez’ Mother died a pre-mature death because of the complications of childbirth?

Jabez could have missed God’s best because of his painful beginning; he could have blamed his mother, his  God, his community or the government. But instead he boldly asked God to bless him.

Here are 3 things I learned from Jabez:

  • Live an honorable life
  • Pray to God
  • Boldly ask God for His Best for our lives

Heavenly Father, oh that you would bless me and expand my territory!  Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from all trouble and pain!

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 1:9 through 1 Samuel 4:11

Don’t Settle –Ruth 1:1-4:12

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 1:1 through Ruth 4:12

In yesterday’s reading we saw what can happen when we do what’s “right” in our own eyes and in today’s scripture we see what happens when we do what’s “right” in God’s eyes.

I love the story of Ruth.

It’s a beautiful love story…

It’s  a beautiful picture of God’s provision for us

It’s a wonderful example of the blessings in doing the right thing.

Ruth’s pledge to Naomi is one of the most famous found in any literature, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back.  Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live.  Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.  Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” –Ruth 1:16-17

Ruth is a shining example of what to do when trouble comes in our lives.

We have three choices when we’re faced with a time of crisis, we can either: endure it, escape it, or enlist it. If we only endure our trials, then trials become our master, and we have a tendency to become hard and bitter. If we try to escape our trials, then we will probably miss the purposes God wants to achieve in our lives. But if we learn to enlist our trials, they will become our servants instead of our masters and work for us; and God will work all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28).   Wiersbe, Warren W.: Be Committed. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1993 (An Old Testament Study. Ruth and Esther), S. Ru 1:1

One of the things I find interesting is Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi was the first thing that Boaz “noticed” about her (2:11-12).  Here’s a huge message for Christian singles—do what’s right in God’s eyes and your testimony will be the very thing that attracts a godly mate.  Unfortunately, most singles do the opposite of Ruth… they put their relationship with God on the shelf and go out looking for another person to fill that place that only God can fill. When they find what they think is a suitable fit, they go and try to pick up with God where they left off and wonder why their marriage doesn’t work.  I’m sure Ruth wanted a man in her life and I’m sure she could have found “someone” but God had a plan; her kinsman redeemer.  Thank God she didn’t settle!

Our heavenly Father had a plan for a kinsman redeemer for us too!  Jesus Christ…he paid a high price for us.  Let’s not settle!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 4:13 through Ruth 4:22, 1 Chronicles 2:9 through 1 Chronicles 2:55, 1 Chronicles 4:1 through 1 Chronicles 4:23, 1 Samuel 1:1 through 1 Samuel 1:8

Don’t Settle For Less Than God’s Best

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 1:1 through Ruth 4:12

In yesterday’s reading we saw what can happen when we do what’s “right” in our own eyes and in today’s scripture we see what happens when we do what’s “right” in God’s eyes.

I love the story of Ruth.  It’s a beautiful love story; it’s also a beautiful picture of God’s provision for us and it’s a wonderful example of the blessings of doing the right thing.

Ruth’s pledge to Naomi is one of the most famous found in any literature, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back.  Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live.  Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.  Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” –Ruth 1:16-17

Ruth is a shining example of what to do when trouble comes in our lives.

We have three choices when we’re faced with a time of crisis, we can either: endure it, escape it, or enlist it. If we only endure our trials, then trials become our master, and we have a tendency to become hard and bitter. If we try to escape our trials, then we will probably miss the purposes God wants to achieve in our lives. But if we learn to enlist our trials, they will become our servants instead of our masters and work for us; and God will work all things together for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28).   Wiersbe, Warren W.: Be Committed. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1993 (An Old Testament Study. Ruth and Esther), S. Ru 1:1

One of the things I find interesting is Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi was the first thing that Boaz “noticed” about her (2:11-12).  Here’s a huge message for Christian singles—do what’s right in God’s eyes and your testimony will be the very thing that attracts a godly mate.  Unfortunately, most singles do the opposite of Ruth… they put their relationship with God on the shelf and go out looking for another person to fill that place that only God can fill; find what they think is a suitable fit, and then go and try to pick up with God where they left off and wonder why their marriage doesn’t work.  I’m sure Ruth wanted a man in her life and I’m sure she could have found “someone” but God had a plan; her kinsman redeemer.  Thank God she didn’t settle!

Our heavenly Father had a plan for a kinsman redeemer for us too!  Jesus Christ…he paid a high price for us.  Let’s not settle!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 4:13 through Ruth 4:22, 1 Chronicles 2:9 through 1 Chronicles 2:55, 1 Chronicles 4:1 through 1 Chronicles 4:23, 1 Samuel 1:1 through 1 Samuel 1:8

Lord, Help Me to Wait for Your “As it Happened” Moments–Ruth 2:1-3


Today’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1-4:12

Today’s Devotion: Don’t Settle

Heavenly Father, the way You set things up is amazing!  Thank you for reminding me of that in today’s reading:

Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.

One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.”

Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.”  So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.  —Ruth 2:1-3

Lord, I don’t believe this was a coincidence; I believe this was your plan from the beginning of time.

“As it happened,” Ruth became the grandmother of King David (Ruth 4:17).

“As it happened,” Jesus Christ came from the lineage of Boaz and Ruth (Matthew 1:5).

Lord, help me to realize that the plans You have for me today are Your “As it Happened” moments for my life.  Help me to go into this day with excitement!  Carry out Your plans for my life today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 4:13-22; 1 Chronicles 2:9-55; 1 Chronicles 4:1-23; 1 Samuel 1:1-8

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