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How to be Fulfilled in Your Work– 1 Chronicles 28:20

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Chronicles 26:1 through 1 Chronicles 28:21

Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work.  Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.”   —1 Chronicles 28: 20

Wow!

In this one verse David gave us all we need to be fulfilled in our work!

I’ve mentioned the Truth Project a couple of times during our journey. One of the most powerful lessons in that series was on our heavenly Father’s view of work.  Today’s culture thinks work is just something you do so that you can get money.  Most people endure their work so they can enjoy their week-ends.  We mistakenly quote Genesis 3:17 and say work is a curse; when in fact it was the ground that was cursed, not work.  As Dr. Tackett says, “creative labor is a glorious privilege.  The creativity of man, while subject to the effects of the fall, is a mirror-image of the creativity of God.”

In Exodus 34:21, we are told that we are to work for six days and rest for one.  I believe we are suppose to enjoy our work so much that we’re tempted to do it seven days a week, hence the need to command us to rest one day a week!

And guess what?

There’s no mention of retirement in the Bible!

You’re probably thinking, “Dianne, you are crazy!  There’s no way I could feel that way about my job!”

Let’s think about today’s scripture passage; here are a few of the jobs these folks were given by God through Moses: Gatekeepers, treasurers, administrators, the King’s army and tribal leaders.  None of these jobs sound particularly exciting to me, but David didn’t ask if it sounded fun; he said, just do it!   But David did tell them how to do it…it’s interesting that most of his instructions dealt with attitude rather than aptitude.

Attitude                                                                 

  • Be Strong
  • Be Courageous
  • Don’t procrastinate, do the work
  • Don’t be afraid
  • Don’t be discouraged
  • Don’t worry about God failing you
  • Do not fear being abandoned by God

Aptitude

  • God will give you the skills and the ability to do the job correctly.  Yes, God provides supernatural ability to do secular jobs; this “anointing” isn’t just for preachers!

There is one more thing we need to remember that isn’t mentioned in this verse, but it’s critical to understanding how the Israelites did this difficult work with the right attitude—they saw great value in what they were doing; they were building the Living God’s temple!

I think this is the key to having the attitude about our work that is pleasing to God.

I know we don’t have the opportunity to build the temple for the Lord but

there is eternal value in everything we do

if we look for it.

If you don’t see it in your work ask the Holy Spirit to show you.

 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31

 May you be blessed in your work!

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Chronicles 29: 1-22, 1 Kings 1: 1-53

“I” Could Do a Better Job Than My Boss! –2 Samuel 15:32-38

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 15:1 through 17:14

Today’s reading is not just another day in the life of David and his dysfunctional family.

The story of Absalom is a story that stands as a warning to all of us.  For every leader in any organization there are usually one or two subordinates or under-leaders who think they could do a better job than their leader.

Absalom…

  • bought a chariot and horses
  • Hired 50 bodyguards
  • Got up early and went to the gate of the city
  • Told people that David didn’t have anyone to hear their case
  • “Appeared” to be humble
  • Stole the hearts of the people
  • Had time for them
  • Stirred up a rebellion against his father, King David

He literally devised a plan to steal the kingdom from his father David.

What happened to Absalom to cause him to betray his own father?

  • Offense
  • Hatred
  • Unforgiveness
  • Bitterness

Have you ever been deceived by an Absalom?

It has happened to me.

While suffering at the hand of an Absalom is a tough pill to swallow, there is something worse—being an Absalom.

The next time you find yourself working in a team atmosphere where there’s an appointed leader, watch your self-talk (the thoughts that are going through your head).

Are you thinking things like…

  • This person isn’t that great of a leader
  • This person is insensitive to the needs of the people
  • I could do a much better job leading this team

Let’s go one step further; what are you saying to the other folks on your team or in your organization?

Does it sound anything like Absalom’s words in 2 Samuel 15: 32-38?

  • You really have a strong case here
  • It’s too bad the King doesn’t have anyone to hear it
  • I wish I were the judge
  • Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgement
  • I would give them real justice

Someone with an Absalom spirit is the under-leader with hidden agendas who eventually draws away disciples unto himself. An “Absalom” is the wolf in sheep’s clothing who steals sheep for his own gain.

This “spirit of Absalom” is rooted in pride.

I can’t believe how a five-letter word:  P-R-I-D-E can cause so many problems.  There is so much deception going on in this type of situation, but the person who is deceived the most is the “Absalom.”  He or she thinks their heart is right.

Friends, let’s make a commitment to check our motives daily.

Why are we saying what we’re saying?

Are we trying to elevate ourselves and put someone else down?

One of Satan’s greatest tools is the spirit of offense which he uses to breed disloyalty and rebellion.

Here’s a great motto to write on the walls of our hearts:

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.  –Author unknown

Thank you Lord for your Holy Spirit who shines a light in the crooks and corners of my heart!  Help me to always repent quickly and turn from my sins.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17: 15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18: 1 through 19:30

4-Steps to Better Crisis Management–1Samuel 30:6-9

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 30: 1-31, 1 Chronicles 12: 20-22, 1 Samuel 31: 1-13, 1 Chronicles 10: 1-14, 1 Chronicles 9: 40-44, 2 Samuel 4: 4, 2 Samuel 1: 1-27

Have you ever had something happen in your life that caused you to “weep until you could weep no more?”

When David and his men arrived home and found their city crushed and burned to the ground and their wives and children carried off, “they wept until they could weep not more.”

In one sense David was just like them, he had lost everything he loved, but in another he was the leader and everyone looked to him to fix it.  So when David thinks it can’t get any worse—it does.  He hears his men talking of stoning him.  He’s hurting as bad as they are, but somehow it’s his fault.

Folks we’re reading real life here.

This happens…

in the workplace

with friends

in families

I hate to say this…it happens in the church.

We get hurt and we play the blame game.

Yes, part of the responsibility and burden of being a leader is  taking charge in a crisis, but wouldn’t it have been great if David’s men would have brought him into the group and grieved with him rather than putting a target on his back as the cause of the problem.

Once again, David leads by example and gives us a model to follow on those days when we’ve “wept until we can’t weep anymore.”

How was David able to deal with his own grief, compose himself and develop a plan to get their families back?

He found strength in the Lord his God.

Oh, that we could follow the plan David laid out for us in today’s scriptures:

  1. David found strength in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6b)
  2. David asked the Lord for guidance (1 Samuel 30:7)
  3. David waited to hear from God
  4. David led his men as they carried out the plan that the Lord had blessed (1 Samuel 30:9)

The order is really important! Complete one step before moving to the next one.

I don’t know about you, but when there is a crisis that needs some kind of action I usually get the news, jump in the car and pray on the way to ask God to bless what I’ve already decided to do!

What I should do is  S-T-O-P and follow David’s example.

Prayer is the most important thing we can do, but waiting for His answer is just as important.

Father God, I need your strength and your direction! Help me to follow David’s plan when the next crisis arrives.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 2: 1 through 2 Samuel 3: 5, 1 Chronicles 3: 1-4a, 2 Samuel 23: 8-17, 1 Chronicles 11: 10-19, 2 Samuel 23: 18-39, 1 Chronicles 11: 20-47

One Sign of Emotional and Spiritual Health–1 Samuel 10:27

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him.  But there were some scoundrels who complained, “How can this man save us?” And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them. —1 Samuel 10:27

Why did Saul ignore them?

After all he had just been anointed king; shouldn’t he have put these folks in their place?

Saul was just and ordinary guy and he knew it:

Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?” —1 Samuel 9:21

At this stage of the game Saul was emotionally and spiritually healthy.  He knew his authority came from God. He was God’s puppet moving when the Spirit of God came upon him.  It wasn’t about him, so it was easy to ignore his scoffers.  God gave him a new heart (1 Samuel 10:9) that cared about the people of Israel more than his own reputation.

How much time to you spending fretting and worrying about what people are thinking and saying about you?

There’s only one opinion we need to be concerned about–our Heavenly Father’s.

In a few short chapters Saul will completely change…

I like this Saul.

 

Heavenly Father, help us to learn from Saul.  Help us to realize that when we begin to care more about what people think than what You think we are of no use to You.  Give us a new heart and teach us how to keep it pure. Use us for Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-18; 1 Samuel 14:1-52

God Qualifies Those He Calls

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Joshua 3:1 through Joshua 6:27

Have you ever had to fill the shoes of a great leader?

Maybe you just got a new job and everyone loved your predecessor.  Or maybe you are a step-mom or step-dad who is constantly compared  to the “real parents”.

Can you imagine following M-O-S-E-S?

I wonder if that’s why Moses told Joshua to be strong and courageous so many times.

I loved the way the Lord set Joshua up for success:

  • Since you have never traveled this way before, they (the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God) will guide you.   ~Joshua 3:4
  • The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in eyes of all the Israelites.  They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses.  ~Joshua 3:7
  • Come and listen to what the Lord your God says.  Today you will know that the living God is among you.  ~Joshua 3:7
  • Today you will know that the living God is among you.  ~Joshua 3:10
  • It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touches the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away…the all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho. ~Joshua 3:15-16
  • We will use these stones to build a memorial.  In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’  Then you can tell them, ‘they remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant when across.’  ~Joshua 4:6
  • That day the Lord made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses.  ~Joshua 4:14
  • They (the Israelites’ enemies) lost heart and were paralyzed with fear because of them.  ~Joshua 5:1b
  • Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.”  ~  Joshua 5:9
  • “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.”  And Joshua did as he was told.  ~Joshua 5:15
  • So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.  ~Joshua 6:27

I’ve heard it say before, “God qualifies those He calls.”  He certainly did in Joshua’s life.  Today, be a Joshua, be strong and courageous—be the best you!  Let your enemies be paralyzed with fear because the Lord is with you!

Praying for you today!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Joshua 7:1, 1 Chronicles 2:7, Joshua 7:2 through Joshua 9:27

Are Past Failures Keeping You From Future Goals? –Psalm 90:17


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52; Psalm 90

From my earliest remembrances biographies were my favorite books to read. I’m inspired by the underdog; people who shouldn’t have made it; people who had every excuse to quit, yet for some reason they didn’t.

I think the story of Moses’ life is my all-time favorite biography.  Every time I read Exodus through Deuteronomy I look for Moses’ finest hour.  There are so many great moments, but I think his prayer is Psalm 90 may be the most amazing moment for me.

Think about it.  God reminds Moses “one-more-time” of his failure to demonstrate the holiness of God at the waters of Meribah and tells him it’s time to die. (Deuteronomy 32:48-52) That’s not exactly the last words you want to hear from your boss!

How did Moses overcome those feelings of failure?

I think it was all about his focus.

If Moses would have continued to focus on his mistake at Meribah, he would have missed hundreds of opportunities to succeed.

Moses kept his eye on the goal: Getting his people to the Promised Land.

It wasn’t about him.

It wasn’t about having a perfect life.

Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. –Psalm 90:10, 12

It was about finishing the job.

It was about pleasing God.

It was about being a part of a supernatural kind of success that makes our personal failures a faint memory.

Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful! —
Psalm 90:17

Heavenly Father, show us our focus today. Make our efforts successful.  Let us see You work today.  Let us see Your glory today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24

Does Your “Yes Mean Yes” and Your “No mean No?”

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Leviticus 27:1 through Leviticus 27:34; Numbers 1:1 through Numbers 1:54

As we approach the final chapter of Leviticus, the book filled with the laws of holiness, we see a warning against making vows to God and not keeping them. This is an important lesson for today’s world; letting your “yes be yes” and your “no be no” is a rarity in the 21st century.  This wasn’t just an Old Testament concept.  Here’s the Apostle Paul’s take on being a person of your word:

2 Corinthians 1:19-21 (Read this out loud.  It’s powerful!)

For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says.  For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.  It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ.

Isn’t that an amazing scripture?

One of the problems we have with making promises is not counting the costs.  I have always thought I could do more that I really could.  I can’t tell you how many nights I have sacrificed sleep to honor a commitment, because I didn’t count the costs.  Pastor Phil, the senior Pastor at Niceville Assembly said something in a leadership class a few years ago that I have not forgotten.  “There are a lot of things we can do but the question is should we do it.”  Jesus had words of wisdom for us on counting the costs.

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?  Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.  They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’  –Luke 14:28-30

If you’ve made a commitment, follow through.  Do it with excellence.  You’re doing it unto God and other people are watching.  Your life is a testimony, be a person of your word.

Heavenly Father, help us to taking our commitments seriously.  We want to honor You in everything we do.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1 through Numbers 3:51

3 Ways to Handle a Crisis, Problem or Question–Numbers 9:1-12

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1 through Numbers 9:14, Leviticus 1:1 through Leviticus 3:17

It has been a year since Israel’s departure from Egypt and it’s now  time for the Passover celebration.  God reminded Moses of the importance of following all His decrees and regulations during this first anniversary Passover.

Some of the men had a problem that had not been previously addressed in the decrees or regulations—

“What if we are ceremonially defiled from touching a dead body; does that mean we cannot celebrate Passover?”

They came to Moses with this question, “Why should we be prevented from presenting the Lord’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” –Numbers 9:1-8

Moses had three options:

  1. Say, “No!”  After all, God had already given all the rules and regulations; if He did not mention this situation, the answer must be no.
  2. Say “Yes!”  After all, God had already given all the rules and regulations; if He did not mention the situation, the answer must be yes.
  3. Go  back to God and ask Him what to do in this particular situation.

It would have been logical for Moses to have chosen option one or two.  He made decisions every day, after all he was God’s chosen leader.

Moses did not choose either of these options.

Moses chose option 3: .  He told the men to wait until he received instructions from the Lord (verse 8).

From everything I have read it seems that Moses had more conversations with God than anyone else in the Bible.   Yet Moses didn’t take a chance and assume He knew God’s thoughts.

It would have been easy for Moses to have said…

  • “I’m too busy to wait on God!”
  • I’ll make a decision and ask God to bless it later
  • God has answered similar questions a certain way in the past so I’m sure of what His answer will be today
  • If I don’t give an answer I will not look like a strong leader

Maybe the reason Moses didn’t take matters into his own hands was because he had done that before and it didn’t turn out well.  Remember in Exodus 2:11-15, Moses was tired of seeing the Egyptians mistreating the Hebrews so he killed an Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.  I’m pretty sure Moses didn’t ask God about this one.

Unfortunately, I have chosen the wrong option too many times to count.  Life works so much better when we ask God about everything.

Why would we trust our judgment when we only have a small piece of the puzzle—the present?  God knows our past, present, and future.  His advice is always the best advice!

Let’s choose option three—Lord, I’m not moving until I get your instructions!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Leviticus 4:1 through Leviticus 6:30

Watch Out, You May Be Seduced–Job 26:18

Today’s Scripture reading:  Job 35:1 through Job 37:24

Do you ever wonder why the wicked (godless) prosper?

Do you ever get irritated when some people with no morals, no integrity, no values and no mention of Christ seem to have everything going for them?

I’m raising my hand; I have certainly asked this question before.

I did some research on the word godless (Job 36:17).  The Hebrew word is rasha.  It means wicked, guilty of sin (against God or man).  This word is used 37 times in the book of Job.

Elihu had some wise words to share, even though his tone was definitely judgmental.  I think he was on to something regarding  Job’s issue with the wicked prospering, especially since it’s mentioned 37 times, that’s almost one time for each chapter.

What was Elihu’s advice?  “Don’t worry, judgment and justice will be upheld.  But watch out, or you may be seduced by wealth” (Job 26:17-18).

I think there’s a connection between being bitter and  jealous when the wicked prosper and being seduced by wealth.

What is wealth?

My definition:  Just a little more than you have right now.

How do we judge the prosperity of another person?

By physical things, such as houses, cars, clothes, careers, and education.  Sometime we also compare things like spouses, health, parents, friends, ability to have children and the behavior of our children.

I’m sure Job was observing everything that everyone had and comparing it with everything he had lost and saying, “There’s something wrong with this picture!”

If Ellihu was right, we need to be careful when we start comparing; we don’t have to worry about judgment, God will take care of that but we do have to worry about being sucked into the addiction of pursuing wealth and wanting what others have.

In the New Testament, Paul counseled young Timothy on this same topic:

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”  –1 Timothy 6:10

Dear Lord, help us to recognize the seduction of wealth and run from it!

In Jesus Name—Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture reading: Job 38:1 through Job 40:5

Whose Opinion is Most Important?


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Job 32:1 through Job 34:37

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty tired of all this complaining about Job.  Today, some young guy named Elihu shows up to throw in his two cents.

Why is all this complaining recorded in the Bible?

There is much that I don’t know about the story of Job but I know two things:

1.  If it’s in the Bible, it’s there for a reason

2.  If there is repetition, it’s REALLY important

In Job 34:7, Elihu says, “Tell me, has there ever been a man like Job?”  I know I left off the last part, “with his thirst for irreverent talk?”  But I kept re-reading the first part, “Has there ever been a man like Job?” “Has there ever been a man like Job?”  Where had I heard that before?

It wasn’t the exact words, but God spoke a similar phrase two times, “He’s (Job) the finest man in all the earth (Job 1:8, Job 2:3)

It’s interesting to me that man can look at someone and see the negative in his uniqueness and God can look at that same person and see the beauty and perfection in his uniqueness.  Elihu was right; there had never been a man like Job.  He was blameless—a man of complete integrity.  He feared God and stayed away from evil.

Whose opinion is most important to us? 

God’s or Man

Of course we all say, “God’s opinion is the most important!”

But do we live like it?

Do we think like it?

Do we talk like it?

How do we find God’s opinion on everything from money to sex?  Read the Bible consistently. Here’s one more reason NOT TO QUIT on the journey!

Friends, I know this section of reading is a little difficult, but don’t quit.  The best part of Job is just around the corner!  AND Exodus is coming!

I’m praying that you don’t give up.  Remember; if you get behind just pick up on the current day’s reading!

Lord, show us all that you have for us!  Amen and Amen

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Job 35:1 through Job 37:24

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