The Stew


“Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.” 2 Kings 4:41 NIV

In a time of famine, God told Elisha how to care for the prophets. He gave his servants instructions.  However, one of them thought they needed to add a little flavor to the stew.  They ventured outside of the instruction God had given.  It became a pot of death!

Just like Elisha, we are to care for each other with the resources available. God will provide us the “meal” that sets things right and makes them palatable for us. And when the first fruits come, we are to share.  Do not look at the amount.  Simply share.

How often do we venture outside of God’s instruction in our own lives?  I know I do.  I think of something that seems like a good idea at the time.  I throw it into the mix without prayerful consideration.  It takes me down a path that God did not intend.  Suddenly things may come to a screeching halt! But sometimes that is what it takes for God to get my attention.

Then, just like God did for Elisha, he gives me the correction.  A little “flour” to add to the mix to settle down the chaos that I invited.  God adds His own flavor at the right time and with the right ingredients to the mix of my life.  I just have to trust Him.

Lord, thank you for giving me Your instruction, as well as Your correction, when I mess up Your recipe for my life.  Thank you for Your favor and flavor! Teach me to follow Your instructions in every detail without adding or subtracting a thing.

2 Kings 4:38-41, 42-44

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Be Mindful


“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].” Galatians 6:10 AMP

Two principles resonated with me in this scripture:

  • Reaping what we sow. What are we sowing for God’s kingdom?
  • How we live is recognized by God as an indication of who we are.

God’s Word gives us such sound instruction.  It is full of such wisdom that some days (like today) I can just sit and meditate on one verse, one part of a verse or even just one profound word.  It’s amazing.  Divine counsel.

In times of tragedy where we’ve seen so many lives lost in schools and on college campuses, my heart breaks. It makes me realize how Satan twists and distorts things in our minds to find justification in taking so many precious and innocent lives.  It is a wicked thing. Sometimes it is in a violent way. Sometimes it is more subtle.

That is why we need God’s Word.  We need His wisdom, counsel, guidance and instruction for our lives. To model it for others. He designed a much better way. A way to deliver us from evil.

Father, thank you for Your instruction. Thank you for Your love and Your grace and Your mercy. Please guide my steps today. Guide my way. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Give me wisdom and divine counsel in all things. Give me Your heart. Guide me and help me to be a good steward of Your resources.

John 17:21, Romans 12:18, Matthew 6:13

An Ear To Hear

An Ear To Hear

“I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there; I will give you good counsel, and I will watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 The Voice

It dawns on me that in order to be taught, we have to be willing to listen.  On occasion, I have purchased items that need to be assembled.  I’m in such a hurry to get to the finished product that I don’t always take enough time with the instructions.  I miss the subtleties that affect the quality, look and appeal of the finished product.  Maybe the parts weren’t assembled in quite the right order.  Or maybe they were installed backwards.  Maybe I had to remove and reinstall parts and ended up stripping screws or damaging a part. Or maybe I left some parts out entirely!!  If I were to respect the manufacturer and instruction manual a little more, maybe I wouldn’t have these issues…

When I am walking independently of God and His Word, that is what happens in my life too.

Father, help me to respect You as my Creator, my “manufacturer,” and help me regard Your Word, “Your instructions” with the respect they deserve.

Psalm 25, Mark 12:30-31

The Stew

Embed from Getty Images“Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot.” 2 Kings 4:41 NIV

In a time of famine, God told Elisha how to care for the prophets. He gave his servants instructions. However, one of them thought they needed to add a little flavor to the stew. They ventured outside of the instruction God had given. It became a pot of death!

Just like Elisha, we are to care for each other with the resources available. God will provide us the “meal” that sets things right and makes it palatable for us. And when the first fruits come, we are to share. Do not look at the amount. Simply share.

How often do we venture outside of God’s instruction in our own lives? I know I do. I think of something that seems like a good idea at the time. I throw it into the mix without prayerful consideration. It takes me down a path that God did not intend. Suddenly things may come to a screeching halt! But sometimes that is what it takes for God to get my attention.

Then, just like God did for Elisha, he gives me the correction. A little “flour” to add to the mix to settle down the chaos that I invited. God adds His own flavor at the right time and with the right ingredients to the mix of my life. I just have to trust Him.

Lord, thank you for giving me Your instruction, as well as Your correction when I mess up Your recipe for my life. Thank you for Your favor and flavor! Teach me to follow Your instructions in every detail without adding or subtracting a thing.

2 Kings 4:38-41, 42-44

Be Mindful

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].” Galatians 6:10 AMP

Two principles resonated with me in this scripture:

  • Reaping what we sow. What are we sowing for God’s kingdom?
  • How we live is recognized by God as an indication of who we are.

God’s Word gives us such sound instruction.  It is full of such wisdom that some days (like today) I can just sit and meditate on one verse, one part of a verse or even just one profound word.  It’s amazing.  Divine counsel.

In times of tragedy where we’ve seen so many lives lost in schools and on college campuses, my heart breaks. It makes me realize how Satan twists and distorts things in our minds to find justification in taking so many precious and innocent lives.  It is a wicked thing. Sometimes it is in a violent way. Sometimes it is more subtle.

That is why we need God’s Word.  We need His wisdom, counsel, guidance and instruction for our lives. To model it for others. He designed a much better way. A way to deliver us from evil.

Father, thank you for Your instruction. Thank you for Your love and Your grace and Your mercy. Please guide my steps today. Guide my way. Let me hear Your voice clearly. Give me wisdom and divine counsel in all things. Give me Your heart. Guide me and help me to be a good steward of Your resources.

John 17:21, Romans 12:18, Matthew 6:13

Love Purity

“He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech—because of the grace of his lips will he have the king for his friend.” Proverbs 22:11 AMP

I read a devotional recently that used the acronym GUIDES to remember how to love unconditionally:*

GIVING: give because Christ is generous to us

UNDERSTANDING: because Christ empathizes with us

INSTRUCTING: Christ imparts knowledge and wisdom

DISCIPLINING:Christ confronts, corrects and disciplines us

ENCOURAGING: to make a difference in their world

SUPPLICATING: Christ intercedes for us

Father I ask for the impossible today because You are the God that makes all things possible. I thank you for Your promises. I stand firm on Your Word, Your promises, Your love and Your grace and mercy that makes every prayer a reality – a genuine conversation with You. I trust in Your power to make all things new and whole!

1 Corinthians 13:1, Matthew 5:37, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:13

*Devotionals Daily, “What Unconditional Love Does Not Mean,” 02/06/14

An Ear to Hear

“I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there; I will give you good counsel, and I will watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 The Voice

It dawns on me that in order to be taught, we have to be willing to listen.  On occasion, I have purchased items that need to be assembled.  I’m in such a hurry to get to the finished product that I don’t always take enough time with the instructions.  I miss the subtleties that affect the quality, look and appeal of the finished product.  Maybe the parts weren’t assembled in quite the right order.  Or maybe they were installed backwards.  Maybe I had to remove and reinstall parts and ended up stripping screws or damaging a part. Or maybe I left some parts out entirely!!  If I were to respect the manufacturer and instruction manual a little more, maybe I wouldn’t have had these issues…

When I am walking independently of God and His Word, that is what happens in my life too.

Father, help me to respect You as my Creator, my “manufacturer,” and help me regard Your Word, “Your instructions,” with the respect they deserve.

Psalm 25, Mark 12:30-31