Life can turn dark in so many ways. We were heading to church and Hubby rolled down his window. As he opened his wallet, he said, "There's a woman with a sign that says, 'My kids need to eat.'"
Some put up signs and some sink in self-pity for lack of funds. But many
more curse their situation. The same way the Israelites did. Remember
how they grumbled when they thought God had forgotten them? They were
hungry and thirsty. And they even mumbled about going back to Egypt
where they were slaves! Crazy thinking, in my opinion. But we've done
the same thing--wish we were in a different place, maybe one we knew
long ago. And we murmur our misfortune.
I'm here to challenge you: Toss that grumbling out the window, cross-out
those pitiful remarks from your vocabulary, and kick out negative
thoughts that take away your peace; and instead, celebrate Chanukah with
me. (Please don't tell me you know what that is...I didn't, and feel a
bit embarrassed about it.)
So I asked. And a precious Jewish friend who now loves Yeshua as her
Savior and Lord explained it to me. After I read the explanation, I was
so touched by the meaning and the significance that I deposited a huge
amount of joy right into the bank account of my heart.
So, read on, take in the message, and ponder on the absolutely wonderful
truth God is reminding you through the recount. Here it is:
Chanukah is the Jewish holiday of the festival of lights -- where we
celebrate when a tiny band of men called the Maccabees conquered the
Greek army and recaptured the Temple in Jerusalem. The Greeks had
desecrated the temple and all the Jews could find was one day's worth of
oil to light the eternal light -- which must burn continually, according
to the Lord's command. It takes eight days to produce the proper oil
from the olives to use in the temple. But in faith, they used the little
bit of oil -- and it ended up lasting the full eight days -- enough time
to consecrate the new oil. It was a miracle all around -- and that is
why we light a Menorah, called a chanukiah -- each day for eight days --
to honor the Lord for his faithfulness and miracles!
Okay, you know God is the same yesterday, today and forever...do you
think He'll provide what you need? When you need it? And give you the
oil, though meager it might seem, to last to cover the biggest bill in
God worked a miracle long ago...and He will now too. Not enough oil, but
still, they lit the candles in trusting, not doubting, not wondering,
not questioning -- but in faith -- and why shouldn't we do the same?
Pray with me: Lord, I place the oil of faith before you. And I count
on your Word, your promise and your provision to take care of all my
needs. In Jesus' name. Amen.
What needs will you bring before the Lord today?
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