Open Hands

“When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” – Psalm 104:28 [NIV] If you have your hands closed, chances are it is going to be hard for you to grasp something. You have to open your hands up to have something placed […]

Patiently Remembering

“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” – Psalm 106:13 [NIV] When something is right in front of us, it is hard to miss it. When something is fresh in our minds, it is more likely to be remembered. The Israelites were able to remember […]

Grass Eating Bull

“They exchanged their glorious God for an image of a bull, which eats grass.” – Psalm 106:20 [NIV] I get very sad when I read today’s verse because it mentions something so horrible. To think that the Israelites exchanged God for some man created image to worship instead of worshiping the one true God, our […]

Maker of All

“Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.” – Proverbs 22:2 [NIV] The Lord is Maker of us all. Whether we are rich or poor, tall or short… whatever nationality, religious affiliation, etc., the Lord is Maker of us all. The Bible says that we are all made […]

Read Understand Apply

“They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.” – Nehemiah 8:8 [NIV] I love this scene. They were gathered together reading God’s Word, and there were actually people there trying to make sure that the people understood […]

Dirty Hands

“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” – Isaiah 49:16 [ESV] Although I was told time and time again to not write on my hand, I continue to write things on my left hand so I do not forget what is important. As I was […]

Five Times Nehemiah

“Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.” – Nehemiah 6:4 [NIV] People were trying to intimidate Nehemiah so that the building project would cease. The Bible says that messengers came down a total of four times to basically harass Nehemiah, and his response was that […]

Thinking It Over

“After thinking it over, I spoke out against these nobles and officials. I told them, ‘You are hurting your own relatives by charging interest when they borrow money!’ Then I called a public meeting to deal with the problem.” – Nehemiah 5:7 [NLT] I love the beginning of this verse. “After thinking it over, I […]

Amidst the Storm

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” – Acts 16:25 [NIV] Something stood out to me while seeing the news coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the devastating Oklahoma Tornado. I witnessed so many people praising God amidst the storm. It […]

God Gives More

“Amaziah asked the man of God, ‘But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?’ The man of God replied, ‘The LORD can give you much more than that.’” – 2 Chronicles 25:9 [NIV] Amaziah, king of Judah, was preparing for battle. He gathered the people together to get them assigned to […]