Posts Tagged ‘urgency’

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Victory comes from you, O LORD.” (Psalms‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

As I write this, our local high school football team, the Poyen Indians, and numerous parents are slogging through the cold rain to a second-round playoff game across the state. In our team devotion this morning, I encouraged them in playing hard and giving their best, and to be proud for achieving our school’s best record ever! But can we ask God to help us win?

In all of our battles in life, there is effort on our part, whether it’s in our marriage, overcoming addictions, or simply finding the will to press on each day. God comes alongside and helps us to overcome whatever we face. Regardless of its magnificence or urgency, if it’s important to you then it’s important to God because you are important to God!

There will probably be Christian students on the other team praying, and somebody will leave the field tonight having lost. Even losses become victories if it makes us more Christlike. So, when we pray, ask for what you will knowing that you don’t have if you don’t ask! But always finish every prayer the way Jesus did: “Father, let YOUR will be done.” If it’s so, then you will always win! You are loved! Have a great weekend! (And Go Indians!)

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How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.” (Psalms 111:2 NLT)

In 1967, Charles Hummel wrote a book entitled “The Tyranny of the Urgent”, dealing with the needs and demands that assault our time, making sure we accomplish our priorities. As a Christian writer, Hummel’s prescription was to temper our own compulsions and reactions to external pressures of the moment with personal spiritual inventory, and set priorities based on “prayerful waiting on God’s instruction.”

Now we are assaulted by increasing waves of information and stimuli. Demands for immediate response. Lack of privacy. It is often tempting to let what is urgent get in the way of what’s important. If we’re not careful, God will perform miracles daily to get us through to the next urgency, but we miss the beauty of the fact that we just witnessed a miracle! The daily miracles are our reminder that God DOES exist and that our little lives ARE important to Him!

As you come to church today, let God remind you of all the good things He has done in your life. He will help you to remember (v.4), which helps you to realize that you are blessed and favored by a living, gracious God! Don’t miss favor for the frustrations! You are loved today!

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