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Lord, Is Today a “Stand Still” or “Get Moving” Kind of Day? Exodus 14:13-16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:1-15:27

Today’s Devotion:  Stand Still…No, Get Moving

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses told the Israelites:

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13-14

And then in the very next verse You said to Moses:

“Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:15-16

Jesus, this is just one more example of the benefit of a daily relationship with You.  Every day and every situation calls for a different strategy.  We only know the past and the present.  Actually, we only know our one-dimensional view of our past and present.  But You Lord, understand the past, present and future and the“why” of it all. You and You alone have the ability to work it all together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Holy Spirit, teach us to seek you each day to know if we should Stand Still or Get Moving. Lord, we believe You speak and we believe that we can hear You!

Thank you for leading us through the wilderness to the land of promise You have made for us!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:1-19:25

Lord, Is My Heart Stubborn? Exodus 7:14


Today’ Scripture Reading:  Exodus 7:14-9:35

Today’s Devotion:  God Could Have

Heavenly Father, as I read about Pharaoh’s stubborn heart today I began to examine my own heart.  Lord, Pharaoh called on Moses in the pain of each plague, but as soon as the final remains of the blood, frogs, gnats, flies, death of the livestock, boils or hail were gone, his heart was hardened.

How many times have I done the same thing? Cried, begged, and promised to allow You to be the Lord of my life, until the answer came and the pressure was released and then I immediately returned to my old ways of doing life my own way and doing my own thing.

Lord, forgive me for having a stubborn heart. Forgive me for making promises that I don’t honor.

Jesus, forgive me for refusing to listen to Your warnings (Exodus 7:16).  Forgive me for not believing You are who You say You are and You will do what You say You will do.

Holy Spirit, show me where I fall short.  Lord, take away my stubborn, stoney heart and give me a heart that’s tender and responsive to Your voice.

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. Ezekiel 36:26-27

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 10:1-12:51

Lord, it’s Tough to Make Bricks Without Straw–Exodus 6-9

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 4:18-7:13

Today’s Devotion:  Everyone Will Know

Heavenly Father, I can so relate to the Israelites’ struggles in today’s reading:

Then Moses and Aaron returned to Egypt and called all the elders of Israel together. Aaron told them everything the Lord had told Moses, and Moses performed the miraculous signs as they watched. Then the people of Israel were convinced that the Lord had sent Moses and Aaron. When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. Exodus 4:29-31

That same day Pharaoh sent this order to the Egyptian slave drivers and the Israelite foremen:  “Do not supply any more straw for making bricks. Make the people get it themselves!  But still require them to make the same number of bricks as before. Don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to our God.’  Load them down with more work. Make them sweat! That will teach them to listen to lies!” Exodus 5:6-9

Lord, just like the Israelites…

Sometimes things get worse:

  • It’s tough to make bricks without straw
  • It’s tough to pay the bills without a job
  • It’s tough set a good example for your children when your weighted down by the baggage of your past
  • It’s tough to believe God when things just keep getting worse
  • It’s tough to go on when you lose someone you love
  • It’s tough to reach out to the hurting world when you feel as if you’re barely hanging on yourself

Just like Moses…

We don’t understand:

  • Why have You brought this trouble on your own people?
  • Why did You send me?
  • Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people.  And You Lord, have done nothing! (Exodus 5:22-23)

Father, thanks to Your Word, we know that you did rescue the Israelites, You were working, and You were in complete control. Help us to have that same confidence and trust in You during our seasons of “making bricks without straw.”

Jesus, let our lives be a story of deliverance, just like the Israelites.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 7:14-9:35

Lord, Do You See My Pain? Exodus 3:7

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25; 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a; Exodus 3:1-4:17

Today’s Devotion:  Send Your Dreams Down the River

Heavenly Father,

I’m hurting; my world is falling a part.

Do You See My Pain?

Jesus, someone I love dearly is going through the trial of their lives.

Can you help them?

Lord, You saw the oppression of the children of Israel by the slave drivers.  You heard their cries of distress. You were aware of their suffering and the harsh abuse of the Egyptians.  You came to their rescue!  You sent Moses to lead them.

Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.  Exodus 3:7-8

Lord, can you send someone to rescue me?

“My child, I already have.  I sent My Son to save you.  Cry out to Him today.  He will be with you.  He will lead you to your Promised Land.”

Father, thank you for sending You only Son to rescue us and lead us to You. Just like the Israelites, we are often filled with doubts.  Forgive us for doubting You.  Allow us to see You in our daily lives.  Help us to know You more!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 4:18-7:13

Job, the Fairy Tale–Job 42:12

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 40:6-42:17

Then they lived happily ever after!  Now that’s my kind of story line!  I don’t think we’ll ever find the book of Job in the fairy tale section of the bookstore, but if you really stop and think about it, the book of Job has a fairy tale ending:

…the Lord restored his (Job’s) fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring.

So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.

Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.  Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. Job 42:10-17

Job’s life sure doesn’t read like a fairy tale.  Forty-one chapters of disaster, despair, and disillusionment and one chapter of repentance, restoration, and rejoicing.  Shouldn’t that be just the opposite?  Lots of rejoicing and just a little disaster…

Like today’s photo says, “Can’t we just have the ‘Once upon a time’ and then go straight to the happily ever-after ending?  Can’t we skip the hard stuff?  Can’t we just live in the land of rejoicing?

I did a word search on the word rejoicing and was surprised to find that most of the time when the Lord talked about rejoicing, He was commanding us to rejoice; it wasn’t an option.  My favorite one is in Paul’s writings.   By the way, he was writing from prison.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Philippians 4:4

Paul wasn’t rejoicing in his conditions, which I’m sure were terrible.  He was rejoicing in knowing and being comforted by the God of the Universe.

In my “Job” times I have felt as if God had forgotten about me, only to realize when the trial was over that God was closer than He had ever been before and I knew more about Him than ever before…now that’s something to rejoice about and that’s a real fairy tale ending!

What are you facing today?  Rejoice!  You are not alone!  God is with You and He will never leave you or fail you (Hebrews 13:5).

Heavenly Father, thank You for including Job’s story in Your Word.  Thank You for the assurance that You are with us.  Help us to really believe that in our darkest hours You are carrying us!  Jesus, help us to realize the ultimate fairy tale ending won’t happen until we meet you face-to-face!  We rejoice that our names are written in Your book of heaven (Luke 10:20).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25; 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a; Exodus 3:1-4:17

God: Imaginary Friend or Almighty Ruler of the Universe? Job 40:1-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 38:1-40:5

For about ten days we’ve been in the midst of Job’s tests and trials. I don’t think many people have gone through as much pain as Job did and lived to tell about it.  Job is one of those stories that you definitely don’t want to read when everything in your life is going great.  You sure don’t want to read the book of Job if you believe Christians don’t suffer.

But, if you are a child of God and your life is falling apart all around you and it just doesn’t make sense, Job is the book to read.

Why?

It lets us know–

  • Bad things happen to good people (Job 1:1-2)
  • Trials and tests don’t necessarily mean we’ve sinned or been punished (Job 1:8-12)
  • Evil comes from Satan (Job 1:6-7)
  • Everything that happens to us is filtered through the fingers of a loving God (Job 1:8-12)
  • Christians are tested (Job 1:12)
  • God is still in charge and defines the boundaries (Job 1:12)
  • God’s ways aren’t our ways (Job 1:12)
  • We are very small and God is very big (Job 38)

Today, Job found out just how small he was:

Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:

“Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?
Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them. Job 38: 1-3

God asked Job 53 questions of which Job had no answers.  His last statement to Job summed up the one-way conversation:

Then the Lord said to Job, “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” Job 40:1-2

Sometimes I think today’s Christian culture has made God more like an imaginary friend than the one, true, living God; the Creator of the universe and Savior of the world.

I think when we come face to face with our God our words will probably sound something like Job’s:

Then Job replied to the Lord,

“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand.
I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.”
Job 40:3-5

Heavenly Father, forgive us for thinking You are our servant.  Forgive us for questioning your plan.

Teach us the balance

Between

Petitioning You to–

  • Meet our needs
  • Rescue us from our trials
  • Heal our bodies
  • Protect those we love
  • Prosper us financially

While

Trusting Your Sovereignty.

Help us to remember Your ways aren’t our ways.  Help us to have faith to believe You will answer our prayer AND then trust You enough to say, “But Your will be done, O Lord.”

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 40:6-42:17

Lord, Why Aren’t You Answering Me? Job 30:20


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 30:1-31:40

Today’s Devotion:  He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Heavenly Father, I felt so sorry for Job as I read today’s passage. As I put myself in His place, it is unimaginable for me to survive that much loss, but the losses that had him in the depths of despair today seemed to be pushing him over the edge:

  • The “seemingly” loss of communication with his God
  • The feeling of failing to please his God

I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you,

but you don’t even look. Job 30:20

Father, just like Job when we’re going through the greatest trials of our lives we sometimes feel like You’ve abandoned us; how could You be watching and allowing this to happen?  And right behind that question is what did I do or what didn’t I do?   We start going through a checklist of good behaviors, “Haven’t I been faithful in ________?

Jesus, sometimes our life just doesn’t make sense.  Yes, most of us know the end of Job’s story and we know why he’s gone through so much, but we don’t know the end our own stories and we sure don’t know the ‘why’s’.

But we have hope that Job didn’t have:

  • We have Your written Word that gives us insight into Your nature
  • Our lives have been redeemed by Jesus Christ
  • We are no longer slaves to the law

Holy Spirit, remind us of the hope we have in You.  Through Your Word remind us of the promises You’e made.  Help us to trust You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:1-34:37

Lord, Help Me Find Wisdom–Job 28:23-24

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 26:1-29:25

Today’s Devotion:  Me, Myself and I

Heavenly Father,  today I seek Your wisdom.  The kind of wisdom Job talked about:

God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found, for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens. Job 28:23-24

Lord, in today’s world information is everywhere; opportunities to gain knowledge are at our fingertips, but there seems to be very little true wisdom.  I think it’s because we don’t know where to find it.

Job’s search for wisdom led him straight to You:

And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom;                to forsake evil is real understanding.’” Job 28:28

Holy Spirit, help me to understand what it means to fear You.  I think in my natural mind I sometimes see this kind of fear as “God’s gonna get you!”  Help me to understand that fearing You means showing You respect through my reverence to You and Your Name and through my pursuit of righteousness and discipline of obedience. Teach me Lord.  My greatest desire is be filled with Your wisdom.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Lord, Help Me to Trust You More–Job23:10


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 22:1-25:6

Today’s Devotion:  Learning to Trust

Heavenly Father, I want to trust You more.  I want to be able to say with Job, “You know where I am going.  And when you test me, I will come out as pure gold.”

Lord, as I read Job’s monologue in Job 23:11-12, he gives instructions to help me Trust You more:

  • Stay on God’s paths
  • Follow the ways of the Lord and not turned aside
  • Do not depart from his commands
  • Treasure God’s Words more than daily food

Jesus, to be able to trust you more I must to keep my eyes on You and not be distracted by other people and other things.  In today’s world, focus is a real problem.  Holy Spirit, help me to focus on the things that develop a trust relationship with my God.

Lord, teach me to trust you more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 26:1-29:25

In the Potter’s Hands

I found this poem few days ago in my treasure chest.  I wrote it in 1997.  I had lost a lot:  a 22 year marriage, a really good friend, a successful career, my house, my car.  Jesus, the potter has been so faithful to me!

In the Potter’s Hands, written in 1997, by Dianne Miles (Guthmuller)

 

Here I am…high upon this shelf…isolated…lonely…

How long have I been here?

…days, weeks…maybe months.  I’ve lost track of time…I don’t like it here…I’m so bored.

But, it’s much better than the other places I’ve been.

First, there was that wheel…Round and round and round and round.

The Potter’s thumbs were constantly pushing and probing…one time He almost crushed me.  I don’t even feel like myself…

Who am I? … What am I? … Where am I? …Oh…I’m so tired

No!!! No!!!! …Not that!!!! …Not the fire…What did I do? …What did I say? …I’m sorry… I’ll be good… I’m sorry I didn’t turn out the way You planned …Please, oh please don’t destroy me …Why are You so mad at me?

Pushing me… crushing me… burning me alive…Is there anything left? …What do I look like?

Now, He’s ignoring me…how long has it been?  It’s a long way down.  It’s so high on this top shelf… I’m afraid… I think the Potter is disappointed in the way I turned out… What if He forgets about me? …I guess He’s decided to use me to balance this shelf.

Wait!!!! …He’s coming this way… He’s looking at me… staring at me… He’s smiling… He’s reaching for me…

Where am I going?…  I don’t know… I don’t care…

 …I’m in the Potter’s Hands

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