Do Whatever Seems Best

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Ezra 7:18 You and your fellow Israelites may then do whatever seems best with the rest of the silver and gold in accordance with the will of your God.

O-bservation:

These were the words of King Artaxerxes of Persia, who sent the second wave of Israelites back to Jerusalem under the leadership of the prophet Ezra. He had given so much money to the returning exiles by the hand of Ezra and encouraged him what to do with it. When he was finished, he then said, “Do Whatever Seems Best with the rest of the money.”

A-pplication:

After 70 years of Babylonian rule, King Cyrus of Persia took over the Babylonian country. He freed the exiles of Israel, allowing them to return to Jerusalem, but not all of them wanted to leave. In the first wave, 42,360 Israelites returned to Jerusalem and found it in shambles. They began rebuilding the temple Nebuchadnezzar had burned. Some 80 years after that, Artaxerxes saw that his nation had been blessed by being kind to the Jews, and he sent another group led by Ezra, the prophet, back to Jerusalem. He gave them more than enough resources to do what needed to be done. He gave Ezra the power to set up a government when he returned. He knew there would be money left over, so he said, “Do Whatever Seems Best with the rest of the money.” I believe today that God is setting you up, because of your faithfulness to Him, to receive the means to do more than you ever dreamed you could from unlikely sources. Be ready! It’s going to happen.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me today to be ready for what you want me to do for your kingdom. I don’t want to miss Your resources because I feel like it’s not possible! I know it’s possible, and I'm ready to do what You want me to do. Amen  
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Let’s Give God Our Best!

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Leviticus 1:3a If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect.

O-bservation:

As the book of Leviticus unfolds, God tells Moses what is expected from the people in the way of offerings to Him. In this first directive the Lord says, "You're to offer a burnt offering of a male animal from a herd, one without defect."

A-pplication:

Over and over in the first several chapters of Leviticus, God told His people to bring Him their "Best Offering." The best sheep from the flock, the finest flour, and the finest olive oil were all descriptive of the kind of offering God desired from His people THEN, and from all of us NOW.  The message is ... "Give God Your Best!" To be honest with you, I have been in a line of work where I have been able to see people physically "TIP" The Lord. For four decades, I have watched as a minister, as Jesus did, while people give offerings. Many of those people I knew personally. They are what we ministers call, "God Tippers." At the same time, I've watched the Lord keep shining His sun on them, keep raining His rain on them, and keep them fed and clothed and nurtured. What I'm saying is that God asks for our best. We know He will keep His word to us. Instead of looking at the resources we have as our own, it's time to realize that God owns it all. Since we are stewards of His stuff, "Let's Give God Our Best!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I don't ever want to be a "God Tipper" when it comes to my Time, Treasure, and Talent. I'm more excited than ever for You to have all of me. Amen
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