Looking For The But
IDOK DEVOTION FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008
My reading this morning began with Leviticus 26:11 I will place My residence among you, and I will not reject you. (HCSB) To continue my reading I stepped back to verse 3, reading the promises Abba made to Israel, that if they would obey Him He would prosper them. Here’s a link for you if you want to read all of chapter 26, which I hope you will.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2026%20;&version=50; As you read you will hear all the good that was to come to Israel as they obeyed Yahweh. Rain would come in its season and trees would yield its fruit. He promised them BUMPER crops of grains and grapes. Food would be plentiful and peace would abound, when they laid down to sleep they would not be afraid for Jehovah would even render the wild beasts harmless to them. They would be full of power over their enemies, on and on He said to them: “For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.” (verse 9). Israel could expect God to faithfully materially manifest these promises as they obeyed Him. I think you and I can expect similar promises as we obey Abba. I do not expect in this year of 2008 an exact physical, material manifestation of all these promises but I do expect these promises to be spiritually fulfilled to me as I obey Abba. And yes I do expect some material blessings as well. For His Word to us is Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And Philippians 4: 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. So I KNOW He will provide for me, for you, as we obey Him.
However, as I continued to read Leviticus I began to see other PROMISES. Promises that would just as surely be fulfilled if Israel failed to obey Yahweh. And again, I believe we can expect these ‘Promises’ to come to us if we fail to live godly lives. And so I kept reading and the ‘promises’ went from bad to worst, even fierce. I kept reading. I was looking for something. I was looking for the ‘but’. You see in Scripture BUT is a very good word. And I found it in verse 40. ‘BUT if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, 41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; If their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt— 42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land. And again He says BUT in verse 45. BUT for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.’”
Might you be looking for a BUT today? Maybe — I don’t know how I am going to survive this divorce BUT GOD will help me. I don’t know how we are going to make these ends meet BUT GOD has promised since we have been faithful, He will be faithful. I don’t know how I can endure this pain BUT GOD has promised He is with me. On and on we could go – whatever it is there is a BUT GOD for you and for me.
Abba, thank You for the BUTS in Your Word. BUT GOD – two beautiful words. Words of encouragement and hope and rescue. Thank You Abba. Thank You. And since You have reminded me I pray right now for someone dear to me – the day was rough yesterday, it was hot. I pray for refreshment for her today, in all ways. And we pray for all these too, each of them in one way or another needs a BUT GOD today. Open minds, hearts, eyes and hands to receive the BUT GOD that You have for each of them. And, Lord, America needs a BUT GOD too. And I pray for the Peoples of America that You will give space and grace for repentance – forgive us, Lord, and save us. Put every BUT GOD needed in the path of each of our IDOK Troops today too. And bring Israel to Peace for Jesus sake. And Father, take this IDOK and use it as You will. I pray each Reader know there’s a BUT GOD for them. Amen and amen. Davison and Mosley Families. Danni A. Tye B. Joann. Sheri, Tyler, Hannah. Edie. Ann J. Bernie. Malpas Family. Darlene. Rachel. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Pattie S. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. David & Allison. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy. Lee. Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family. Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Brant W. Christopher R. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G. Kyle N. Michael K. Sgt. Bozicevich. Bay N.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil:
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Lee. George.Travis N. Hawk.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony.
Hospitalized outside USA:
Military at home adjusting – Tim. Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J. Lyndon A. Jason G.
Still praying but no recent update: Hector. Corpl. Light. Bradley T. Albert R III.
As I post this it is 107°F and blowing widespread dust in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:47 PM AST – on August 12, 2008
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