Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Throwback Tuesday - Martin Wiles

WELCOME TO THROWBACK TUESDAY...BECAUSE WE BELIEVE EVERY DEVOTION DESERVES A SECOND READING. 

Empty And Betrayed

She was empty, betrayed and thirsty. Usually three strikes and you’re out. She had five. 

Jesus met her in a region respectable people avoided. But then again, he wasn’t into traditions. Tired from walking, he stops at a well for rest and a drink of water. She comes at noon, probably because of her reputation. It’s not the normal time for drawing water, but it’s a good time if you want to avoid the gossiping, whispering, proper ladies. 

Disregarding protocol, Jesus speaks to her and asks for a drink. The woman is just as surprised as the disciples are to see him doing it when they return. She’s also horrified that he knows her reputation. But it didn’t matter. He was concerned about her future, not her past. Read more...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

How Can God Hear Everyone Praying at the Same Time? - Martin Wiles

Series: Hey God…I Have a Question

The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 NLT

The end of the school year was nearing, and we were about to celebrate our annual yearbook signing. The entire middle and high school gathered in the gym for the festivities. Separated by grade, they sat on the floor in their respective circles awaiting the announcement of their grade level. When each grade was named, a rousing roar ascended. Then one by one they strolled to a table to receive their long awaited prize. For the next hour, students milled over the gym floor seeking signatures from friends and faculty. The hum of hundreds of voices played tricks on my ears. Rarely could I distinguish even a single voice. 

God claims he hears all who pray to him. At any given moment, that may be thousands…even millions of people. To explain God’s ability to hear everyone in the same time frame requires an understanding of time from God’s perspective. Human time is chronos…sequential. It ticks away as one moment follows another. I can hear someone in a particular moment but need another moment for the next person. If two people speak to me at the same time, only bits and pieces of what they say will sneak through. 

God’s time is kairos. A time lapse…an indeterminate amount of time in which all things happen. While I operate only in chronos time, God maneuvers in both. He enters time with me, but he also penetrates his time. When he does, he hears all who are praying to him in any given instant. 

Since chronos time is all I know, I don’t pretend to understand God’s time. No one can. But by faith, I believe he hears me when I pray even if millions more are praying simultaneously. In fact, I know he does because my prayers are answered. Answered prayer gives evidence that God hears his people when they pray…every last one of them.

Prayer: Thank You, loving Lord, for hearing and answering our prayers.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Am I On The Right Track? - Martin Wiles

Series: Hey God…I Have a Question

Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. Exodus 31:2-3 NLT

When life collapses, it’s tempting to question whether we’re on the right track.

Newlyweds normally enjoy the candid shots photographers capture while no one is looking. But Dan and Jackie Anderson doubtlessly weren’t expecting the one their photographer snared at their wedding in Crosslake, Minnesota. Prior to the ceremony, the entire wedding party gathered on a weather-beaten dock to pose for pictures. Suddenly, life collapsed…in the form of the dock, sending many of the participants plunging into the water below. The spirits of the wedding party, however, weren’t dampened by the dive. In fact, the bride looked at the photographer with a smile and said, “Did you record that? Please tell me you got that on camera!” 

Life can throw some nasty curves. When it does, it’s tempting to ask, “Am I on the right track?” Bezalel was.  He and another skilled craftsman were chosen by God to construct Israel’s Tabernacle and all its implements. 

Track is usually defined as the direction I’m taking in life—which quite normally involves my career. Several questions can help me answer the question. Does my employer require me to do things that violate God’s commands? If so, my career path may be correct but not my current employer. Is my career path allowing me to use the skills and natural talents God has given me? God grants natural abilities and gifts of the Spirit to his children. What I do in life should employ them. If I maintain this current track, will I be able to look back with contentment when I retire? When I use my gifts and talents, I’ll enjoy doing what I’m doing. If I’m miserable, it may be a telltale sign I need a change. 

Make sure you don’t miss the track God has designed for you to travel.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for creating us with purpose. Enable us to discover that purpose so we can enjoy the life You’ve given us. 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Flashback Friday - Martin Wiles

WELCOME TO FLASHBACK FRIDAY...ENJOY THIS DEVOTION FOR A SECOND TIME. 

Running On The Rim by Martin Wiles

Ker plump, ker plump. The noise grew louder, but I wasn’t about to stop. 

Being a teenager, running a paper route and going to school are not easy things to do at the same time, but I was making a valid attempt. My route took me five miles from home and began around 3 a.m. 

One night, I heard a mysterious ker plump. I was in the middle of nowheresville and didn’t want to investigate, but since the car was riding lopsided I figured I should. A flat tire. I wasn’t about to change it in the dark, so I drove it home almost ruining the rim in the process. Read more...
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