R. Bryan Braley

Listener, Learner, Leader

Category: Pondering Points

Keep Moving Forward

Keep Moving Forward

A few years ago, I watched “Meet the Robinsons,” an animated Disney movie about becoming who you are meant to be and making the most of who you are. I enjoyed the movie for its entertainment value, but one of the things that stuck out to me the most was the ever-present message that it is totally acceptable and expected to fail, but that true failure only comes when you fail to Keep Moving Forward.

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He Knows Your Name, Do You Know His?

As I was praying this morning, I began to think about the different needs of which I am aware. I know those in search of a job, in search of peace, and in search of healing today. As I brought these needs before the Lord, I realized I was simply calling Him, Lord, or God. I paused for a moment and remembered whom I serve.

I serve Jehovah-Jireh – In Genesis 22:12-14, we find that God is the Lord Who Provides

I serve Jehovah-Rapha – In Exodus 15:22-26, we find that God is the Lord Who Heals

I serve Jehovah-Shammah – In Ezekiel 38:45, we find that God is the Lord Who is There

I serve Jehovah-Shalom – In Judges 6:24, we find that God is the Lord Our Peace

I serve Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – In Leviticus 20:8, we find that God is the Lord Who Sanctifies and Makes Holy

I serve Jehovah-Tsidkenu – In Jeremiah 33:16, we find that God is the Lord Our Righteousness

I serve Jehovah-Rohi – In Psalm 23:1, we find that God is the Lord Our Shepherd

I find so much power in knowing that the one I serve is these things and so much more. He is Jehovah, the Great “I AM”. He is more than enough for me and my problems and He is more than enough for you and your problems. Whether they are physical, mental, spiritual, social, relationship, or anything else.

Today, may you be armed with the power to boldly approach the throne of your Father with your requests, and believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will make a way where there appears to be no way.

Don’t Be Worthless

Jeremiah 2:5 – “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? The followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.”

Wow, the Lord really highlighted this passage this morning as I was reading. Though I continued for some time and witnessed several things that had marked Israel’s turn from God, my mind kept being drawn back to this verse.

According to Clifton’s Strengths Finder, one of my top strengths is Achiever. As and achiever, I am aghast at the thought that I can become worthless just because of how I choose to live my life. I want my life to matter, and I’m sure anyone you ask will say the same thing.

As I reflect on this passage, I am searching my heart for the worthless idols in my life that, if I choose to follow them, will make me worthless. I am also thinking about Paul’s admonition to lay aside the weights that would hinder us in running our race with the perseverance to finish the race. For the race is not given to the swift or the strong (Eccl 9:11) but to he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matt 24:13).

When I run races, I’m not fast enough to expect to be in the top finishers. However, I expect to finish. One of the best things about finishing a race is the bling, or finisher’s medal, that you receive. Some bling is better than others, but once you finish, you get it-no questions asked.

I want the bling that God has stored up for me in heaven so I have to finish the race that is set before me. A finisher is not worthless and doesn’t follow worthless idols, they keep their eyes on the goal and their feet on the path so that they can do what they set out to do.

I choose today not to be worthless. I will make that choice a reality by choosing not to follow worthless idols.

Before I was Born, God had a Plan

In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells Jeremiah that He knew him even before he was conceived and that He had a plan for him even before he was born. Acts 10:34 states that God does not show favoritism, or that He is no respecter of persons. When I think about these two verses, I am humbled by the fact that God knew who I was even before I was born. But what else should I expect from the One who knows the end from the beginning.

These verses also give me the confidence that God has a plan for my life and helps me to realize with the Psalmist that the Lord will work out His plans for my life. (Psalm 138:8) I know that I am His for I have accepted the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ so that I could be made pure in the sight of God. I also know, according to Romans 8:28 that everything will work out for my good because I love the Lord and I have been called by Him to do His will on this earth. Whether “my good” comes in this life or in eternity is up to God, not me.

So, this morning, as I read His word, He has spoken to my heart. He told me through His word and the witness of His Spirit that He knows my name and my situation. He also assured me that He has plans for the rest of my life. I pray that I will take the steps today that move His plan forward.

Remember that God knows you and has a plan for you as well. Take a few moments today to ask Him to lead you and guide your footsteps.

He loves you, right where you are, regardless of your past, present, or future.

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