Almost Twice As Long

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

1 Kings 7:1 It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.

O-bservation:

It's generally accepted that the Prophet Jeremiah wrote the books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings. But I'll bet Solomon would have been happier if he'd left this one verse out. In the last verse of Chapter 6, the Prophet tells us that Solomon spent 7 years building the Temple of Almighty God. But in the very next verse he tells us it took him thirteen years to build his OWN PALACE!! "Almost Twice As Long!"

A-pplication:

Have you ever thought about how much time we spend on our own stuff, doing our own thing, worrying about us and ours, versus the TIME we allot for The Lord? Solomon was known as the wisest man who ever lived. All he had to do to receive that wisdom was to ask God for it. And yet even he spent so much more time on himself than with or for the Lord. In fact, Scripture tells us he spent so much time indulging himself that he ended badly. I'm reminded of the words of Jesus this AM. "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you!" (Mt. 6:33, paraphrase). Perhaps a better idea today would be to spend "Almost Twice As Long" on Jesus' stuff.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today, with Your help, I want to put You first in everything I do. I feel like somehow I'll have more hours in my day at the end of the day. Amen
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Just Wait … It’s Good!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Lamentations 3:26 It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

O-bservation:

Not everyone knows that Jeremiah was the author of the book of Lamentations. It also should be noted that he suffered many things in the Lord's service. He was called the "Weeping Prophet of the Old Testament." In this passage, he tells us that waiting quietly for the salvation of the Lord is the best thing you can do in any challenge of life.

A-pplication:

"What should I do if I'm out of money?" Wait on the Lord. "My kids are out of control, what about that?" Just wait for the salvation of the Lord. "I've been dating this guy for a long time and he won't ask me to marry him, what should I do?" Wait for the salvation of the Lord. "My boss doesn't like me and no matter what I do he seems to make it look like I messed up!" Wait on the Lord. Sometimes I feel like God’s waiting on us to see if we'll wait on HIM! Yes, I know waiting is the hardest thing to do in many cases. Yet, it's the waiting that says, "All of my hope and trust is in You. Since I have nowhere else to go, I'll wait for You to answer." It's at that point that the Lord usually answers, because He knows you are depending solely on Him. That's why Jeremiah said, "Just Wait ... It's GOOD!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I'm waiting on You today and everyday. Amen
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Jesus Loves Us

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jeremiah 31:3b "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."

O-bservation:

This is our Lord speaking of the people of Israel, who were at the time under the rule of the Babylonians. But here, Jesus reminds them that He's never stopped loving them.

A-pplication:

No matter what challenges we're faced with, "Jesus Loves Us." You may be saying, "Well why doesn't He do something to get me out of this situation if He loves me so much?" Oh, in time He will. Israel was forever choosing to run from the Lord and serving other gods. But even in her wandering Jesus said, "My love for you is everlasting and I will continue to draw you with unfailing kindness." Whatever we do, and no matter how far we may run, "Jesus Loves Us."  Sometimes we face trouble because of someone else's wandering, but Jesus never forgets us. He knows where we live and will, in time, bring us help because of His unfailing kindness. I'm so thankful that, "Jesus Loves Us."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You this AM that you still love Me. Amen
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In Time You Will Understand

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S-cripture:

Jeremiah 30:24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this.

O-bservation:

Several chapters earlier, false prophets had said that the Babylonian captivity of Israel would end quickly. That was a lie. Here the Lord says things aren't going to go the way you think they will, but "In Time You Will Understand."

A-pplication:

How many times have you believed something was going to turn out the way you wanted, only to find that the exact opposite happened? It certainly has happened to me. One of the many reasons why I'm not God is because I'm small and my view of a situation at hand is SO limited! God has an unlimited view of each move we make and the ramifications of that move. When we pray a prayer it's with limited understanding, and in answering that prayer God first knows of all the other individuals affected by His answer on our behalf. The wonderful thing about prayers that aren't answered the way we want them to be is that God tells us, "In Time You Will Understand."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Instead of demanding my own way this AM, I'm going to trust that in time I will understand. Amen
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A Lethal Altar Call

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Jeremiah 26:8 But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, “You must die!

O-bservation:

Jeremiah told the leaders and people of his day everything the Lord had commanded him to say. As soon as he finished and it was time for the altar call, they said, "Let's kill him!"

A-pplication:

What do you do when you have absolutely done exactly what God has told you to do and you are wholeheartedly rejected? This passage of scripture is an example of what I call a "A Lethal Altar Call." In other words, not everything the Lord asks us to do will work out the way we think it should. But just because your work efforts for the Lord and immediate outcomes seem to be a complete disaster doesn't mean you're out of the will of God. When we read this piece of history from Scripture, we would all agree that Jeremiah was in the will of God. But conventional wisdom at the time said, "You're an idiot!" By the way, they didn't kill him for this. Still, I'd rather be in God’s will even though sometimes it could be lethal.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me fear You more than man. Amen
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