IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010
In or Out
2 Timothy 4 (New King James Version) 1 I charge you thereforeagain the therefore, there for because of previous verses which tell us because we have the Scripture and because it fully equips us THEREFORE we are chargedbefore God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. [source] In season and out of season. So far today this is as far as I have gotten with this passage. I consulted the Greek Lexicon and found what I expected. We are to be ready to tend to the souls of men, to be equipped and ready to speak the Word of God into their situations at every opportunity we have whether it is convenient for us or not. To me that means even when I am in a hurry to move on to something I want to do, if the Holy Spirit places a needy soul in front of me I am to stop and minister to them, putting aside my agenda – my want to. Okay. I expected that. You did too, right? But one of those Greek words prompted other thoughts in me. The text reads in season and out of season. The Greek word for ‘in season’ [source] is eujkaivrwB which is transliterated eukairos and it means seasonable, timely, opportune; but the Greek word for ‘out of season’ [source] surprised me. It is ajkairevomai and it is transliterated akaireomai and it means to lack opportunity. And that stunned me at first. If we lack opportunity, that means we are without opportunity, right? Yes, I think so. So this is what I think ABBA is saying to us — because we have His Word, because His Word is completely able to equip us to minister even when we are in a dry spell; even when we are ‘shut up’ we might say; even then He expects us to keep on applying ourselves to study. He still expects us to be ready to give a reason for our hope, to be ready to minister His Word even when the opportunity to see a soul is remote at best. Even when we have not had an opportunity in what seems like forever! Still He expects us, He has charged us, to keep on delving into His Word, keep on meditating on it, keep on memorizing Scripture, keep on keeping on living in His Word, to keep on practicing living in His Presence until that time comes when we do have opportunity to minister His Word again. In Season and Out of Season. This’ll preach! This’ll keep us ‘Asher’. (Asher meaning feeling blessed, not just knowing positionally we are blessed!) [source]
Thank You, You did it again, DADDY. I asked You to speak to me and You did. I am grateful. You are too good to me; but, please keep on doing it. And I want to keep on practicing living in Your Presence. It’s the best life yet!
Thank You for the opportunity to pray for_________. We do not dare thank You for needs for surgery as we know that no disease, illness or injury comes from You. We do thank You for doctors and procedures; and we thank You most that You are with us in these diseases and illnesses and injuries; that they do not take You by surprise and You are not worried how You are going to make this turn out alright – it is already done with You. That is good. Thank You. So we entrust each One spoken here today to You and wait expectantly to see what You do. We trust You to send in helps of every kind to perfect this work, DADDY.
We pray now for our IDOK Troops; they are ever before us and we always desire their safety and well being and their eventual returns home safe and sound. We trust them to You today and always.
Again we come collectively presenting names, faces, lives and needs asking You to take notice individually. Asking You to not over look any one of them; we know we often miss needs and faces but You never do. That comforts us and them. And I pray that the faces I know You will pass them before me and prompt me to pray not just now but any time they need support or encouragement, when a battle is raging and they need victory. We want to stand in the gap, DADDY. And You have equipped us. Thank You in Yeshua’s Holy and Perfect Name we pray. Amen and amen.