Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 9-10
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 10:9
So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.
Surprise! “Another heart.” It’s amazing what can happen when we’re looking for donkeys. We may discover that God is up to something in our lives other than donkeys. It’s great comfort to know that God is in charge. He knows the donkeys are fine. It’s we that can be donkeys, when he wants to make us “Kings and Priests,” (Rev. 1:6) although He uses donkeys too. We need “another heart.” We never know when we may be starting a brand new adventure in God’s plan for us. Remember it was a donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem (John 12:14-15). If we are available to God, He’ll do the most useful and creative things in our lives. His ways are exciting and also very challenging.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, how often I have been perplexed, frustrated in not finding what I think I’m looking for, when all along You had everything under Your guidance. I pray for a deeper understanding of Your overarching providence, and for a simpler faith in Your promise to “work all things after the counsel of Your will.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
During the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, violence was raging between ungodly Protestant and Roman Catholic factions, so we determined to send a team of Christians, Catholics and Protestants to work with local groups of Christians who were fasting and praying for God to intervene. Fr. Bob MacDougall, a Jesuit priest on our team, was our main preacher in Protestant churches. The churches were packed and hundreds came forward at his invitation to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. Not long after those days, the powers of hell were driven back and a time of tranquility and evangelism emerged. I first met Bob MacDougall in Winnipeg in 1976. He was to perform an exorcism and wanted a Pentecostal preacher to accompany him. That day, God delivered a Brazilian immigrant, who had become deeply involved in voodoo. Bob worked with me full-time for 15 years. He’s in the immediate presence of the Lord now.
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