Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One Word Coffee: Today


I'm linking up with Bonnie Gray of Faith Barista for One Word Coffee. Our one word for this week is TODAY.

I found at least two occurrences in my Bible where the word TODAY was emphasized.

Psalm 95 was a call to worship God. But it included a warning to not repeat the mistake the Israelites made while wandering in the desert for 40 years.

"Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, 'They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways. So I declared on oath in my anger, They shall never enter my rest.'"
Psalm 95:7b-10 (NIV)

As Moses was leading them to the promised land, they complained and argued. They were thirsty and they wanted water. It was at this time and place that God told Moses in Exodus 17:6

"Strike the rock and water will come out of it for the people to drink." 

God provided for their needs despite their lack of trust and obedience.

Hebrews is a letter written to Jewish believers. In the third chapter of Hebrews, there is a warning to not make the same mistake as the Israelites in the desert.  Psalm 95:7-10 is quoted. He encourages them to trust and obey God and not fall into the same sin in their today.

I think of my today.

The words to the children's song come to my mind and I find myself singing the simple tune.

"Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey."

I teach preschool. Every morning I remind my little students to turn on their listening ears. They go through the motions of turning on their ears. However as the day proceeds, I find myself reminding them again and again to listen and follow my instructions. They stop what they're doing and turn their listening ears back on. But they have a natural tendency to go back to doing what they want to do.


It's an important lesson for me. Every morning I take time to tune my listening ears to the Lord. I read my Bible and pray. I write down what I'm learning and what I think God is saying to me in my journal.

However, as my day progresses I often get busy and caught up in what I'm doing. But God is so good. I may be walking with my students to Spanish or PE. Suddenly, the children will become so excited as they point to the birds in the trees chirping to one another. In those moments, I'm reminded of how God cares about the little birds and how much more He cares for me. Is He trustworthy? Oh yes He is!

Today, I want to enter God's rest and walk with Him even while I'm going about my day. When challenges come up as they often do, I will remember to trust and obey. After all, there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

So I ask you. Will you make the choice to trust God with your today?

Blessings and love,

7 comments:

  1. Oh, lovely, Debbie! I know that beautiful time of Bible and journal in the morning and the excitement of the moments of the day...it is so good that God, is faithful and available always, as we "turn on" our ears and hearts to him...;) I missed that Bonnie has started a new link? But I was glad to see this...will have to catch up...or at least check out. Don't think catching up will ever happen, life sort of keeps going...lol. Love and hugs, my friend!

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  2. Hi Debbie,
    What a grand opportunity as a preschool teacher to show young minds what a great God there is! It's not often easy to trust God with the difficulties that are in front of us, but as your words remind us, when we do, we know God cares for us!

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  3. Amen, I too have been going over the same scripture, and I too, am reminded through my younger one to trust and obey. Thanks for this word today, it was an encouragement,
    Hugs

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  4. Debbie, this was for me today....It's so easy to get busy during the day and forget about those little messages that were dropped in my ear during morning prayer. In my mind, I'll say "I'm going to in a minute".....but He is so faithful and He will gently nudge me again...I want to get to the point that I never ignore a nudge but obedience will be instantaneous. Thank you for the message today....Hugs

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  5. I love the idea of the journal you keep.

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  6. I like that Hebrews verse. "Today" really does jump out of it in a very powerful way to me to listen up and obey! Great post. Big hugs!

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