Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Tuesday, September 16
“I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
Ge 32:26 NIV
THOUGHTS ABOUT JACOB
Jacob got off to a bad start in life. When it came to business practices, he had more angles than a pyramid! First he ripped off his older brother, Esau, then his father-in-law, Laban. Then one night the Angel of the Lord showed up in his tent and Jacob wrestled with him until daybreak. As the sun rose, the Angel said to him, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” At that point the Angel told him he would no longer be called by his old name, Jacob, which means “deceiver,” but by his new name, Israel, which means “a prince with God.” Up until this time Jacob thought making money would make him happy, but it didn’t; it almost cost him his family. Sound familiar? But after wrestling with God he received a new name, a new nature, a new walk, and a new future. Isn’t that what you want too? Well, the good news is—you can have it! The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2Co 5:17 NKJV). Jacob was a self-made man. The problem is, he wasn’t enjoying the life he’d made for himself. He didn’t know he’d been born for a purpose greater than merely acquiring “stuff,” and it was only in God’s presence that he discovered this. His story in a nutshell is this: Jacob is who he was. Esau is who he wanted to be. Israel, a prince with God, is who God made him. And God can do the same for you if you let Him.
Wednesday, September 17
“The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”
Ps 19:8 NIV
LET GOD ILLUMINATE YOUR MIND
The Psalmist writes, “The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” God can put an idea in your mind that changes the direction of your life. Marconi had an idea from which came the radio. Bell had an idea from which came the telephone. God, Who’s a creator, gives creative ideas to people all the time. But you must act on them; otherwise He will give them to somebody else. Isn’t it time you asked Him for one of His ideas for your life? The fact that you believe in God is wonderful. But here’s something equally wonderful—God believes in you! Instead of looking at your present situation and thinking, “I guess my life’s as good as it’s ever going to get,” start asking, “Lord, what do You have in mind for me?” If you let it, life can beat you down and make you feel low, lost, lacking, and limited in ability and potential. And if you act on these feelings and thoughts instead of what God says about you in His Word, you’ll never move forward and fulfill what He put you on this earth to do. You say, “God has never given me one of His great ideas.” Maybe that’s because you have never asked Him for one! He gives them to seeking hearts, prepared hearts, faith-filled hearts, and obedient hearts. Here’s a profile of the kind of person God gives great ideas to: “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night…Whatever he does prospers” (Ps 1:2-3 NIV).