May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017
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Growing up, we ate a bowl of grits almost every morning before school. I’d push my bowl aside to lay down on the warm spot it left behind. We’ve raised our own little people on Quaker, and today, almost everybody is a grits-eating believer. Songbird is the only holdout; she loves Jesus, but she can’t stand grits. The only way she eats them is smothered under shrimp and gravy. Since we didn’t have any shrimp today, Songbird stuck with the proteins. Nobody can pass up bacon and eggs.

While Hubby stirred, fried, scrambled, and toasted, we discussed a different type of provision—spiritual, not physical. We talked about Joshua 7 and 8, which tell of the battles between Israel and Ai. These chapters show that it doesn’t matter the size of the adversary or the strength of its weaponry. Victory depends upon the presence and authority of God. Our morning lesson connected with Jeremiah 33:14, 15:

“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.’”

Today’s sermon expounded upon our Sunday morning devotional. The service didn’t go as planned. We didn’t get to hear all Reverend Livingston’s message; another pastor answered the call and stepped in. But even in this unusual turn of events, the lesson was clear: life in Christ isn’t about what we plan or what we expect. It’s not about how we feel or how we use our talents or gifts. Time after time—when the Israelites routed the people of Ai and when you smile at the person who just stole your parking spot—God shows us that it’s not about our ability, but about our availability, our willingness to be used by God. 1 John 5:4 reads,

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

Do you feel overcome by the cares of the world, or do you know that you’re an overcomer, just by your belief in Jesus Christ the Son of God? (1 John 5:5) Yes, it was a tough week, and all we got to show for it was a pot of grits. But all is well. We are grateful for our warm spot at the table and our opportunity to learn, love, and laugh with our family. Why don’t you pull up a seat and celebrate your own victory in Jesus?

Blessings on your meal!

 

 

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