Saturday, February 15, 2014

CHOOSE YOUR RINGTONE

     Have you experienced wakening to the nerve-jangling racket of an old wind-up alarm clock? If you had to be up early after a late night, that instrument of torture was painfully effective. The curtain dropped abruptly on any fun things in your dreams and you sprang from your bed in a frantic effort to shut the thing off.

     Today an amazing variety of sounds on all our electronic devices are available to call us to action. Bird songs, waves on the shore, a dog barking, a sports cheer... when the interruption comes in a way that suits our temperament it is way less invasive.

     A multitude of different alarm tones clamour for our attention in the world around us. When it's time to pay heed we can't hit the snooze button and pull the covers up over our heads. A report from media, a banker, a doctor or a lawyer may present a dark picture of all that might go wrong. God's report, His Word, shines light on the subject. If we choose to listen to this ring, the Holy Spirit can direct us to a verse that equips us to face the circumstance with positive faith.

     In Philippians 4:6-7 we read, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

     We can shut off the alarm bells and select the peace of His promises for the best ringtone.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

WHAT'S UNDER COVER?

     Miss Zoe, a gorgeous Bengal, who lives on the other side of the village, loaned Mr. Whiskers a special game that has helped her fight cabin fever during these cold winter days. What appears to be a mouse's tail attached to something mechanical darts about until feisty little Zoe stomps on it. To her delight whatever is hidden under the yellow vinyl squeaks. She lets go and the chase continues.

     In the great outdoors Whiskers thrills to go after any tiny creature that runs from him. The gizmo under the yellow cover was strange. Wary of the goings on, he kept his distance. The closest he came was a safe spot behind a table leg where he could watch without having to confront the device.

     Bottom line, he was afraid... and it wasn't real. It had no ability to harm him. Got me thinking of our enemy. He's defeated but he isn't dead. He creates an impression of power to come against us. False evidence appearing real - fear - is an apt description of the emotion his tactics may create. In any way possible, Satan works to upset and disturb.When he finds an opening he's more than willing to stir up trouble in people's relationships, health, finances...

     He thought he had Elisha when the king of Syria sent an army to surround the town where the prophet was. Elisha's servant was terrified at the sight of the Syrian forces and no way of escape. Elisha knew God's army, hidden to natural sight, outnumbered the enemy. He prayed that the cover would be lifted so his servant could see the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire all around them. (2 Kings 6:14-17)

     God's Word tells us what He has provided to meet every need. Our response to each challenge determines what our life will be. Zoe had fun. Whiskers missed out. No matter what is hidden under cover, if we're trusting God, all of heaven will back us.