Daily Devotionals

God At Work In the People

God At Work In the People

“They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32:38) GOD DEALS IN THE REALITY of the people He is calling into relationship with Him. All the talk of land, buildings, and fields in this passage of Jeremiah really has to do with people. The tangible reality...
God At Work In the Impossible

God At Work In the Impossible

“Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem.” (Jer. 32:44) LOOKING AT THE TEMPLE burned to the ground, the utter destruction of the kingdom of Judah, it was natural...
God At Work In the Ordinary

God At Work In the Ordinary

“This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time.” (Jer. 32:14) IT SEEMS SUCH AN ORDINARY and mundane act: to buy some...
God At Work In the Surprise

God At Work In the Surprise

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11) ONE OF THE BIBLE’S MOST CHERISHED VERSES is often used to bring comfort and hope. We may find it surprising that...
God At Work In the Waiting

God At Work In the Waiting

This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.” (Jer. 29:10) SEVENTY YEARS IS A LONG TIME. That’s a long time to wait for anything, especially a promise...
What Only God Can Do

What Only God Can Do

“Ask of me, and I will.” (Ps. 2:8) MATTHEW HAD ACCEPTED a call to pastor a small church. After being there for a year, he came to talk to me. “Umfundisi, I had big dreams for this church. I thought that it would see immediate growth under my leadership because I felt...
God’s Changing Power

God’s Changing Power

“And if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.” (Jer. 18:8) GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS of recreating people. At one time, Jacob was identified as a liar and a cheat. However, after a long, arduous...
The Great Potter

The Great Potter

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” (Jer. 18:6) WHILE MINISTERING IN BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, I visited the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre. It is comprised of two main sections, a store and an art training school. Each plays a...
Second Chances

Second Chances

“Can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. (Jer. 18:6) WHILE I WAS VISITING Port Huron, Michigan, where Thomas Edison lived as a young boy, someone shared the following story about him with me. Edison had just made a light bulb prototype. He...
God’s Patience

God’s Patience

So the potter formed it into another pot. (Jer. 18:4) I HAD BECOME IMPATIENT with Ndlovu. He said that he wanted to be a good Christian, but he kept doing things that were not very Christlike. His angry disposition often bubbled to the surface, resulting in him...
Hearing God’s Voice

Hearing God’s Voice

“Go down to the potter’s house.” (Jer. 18:2) SOMETIMES WE HEAR GOD speaking in places we least expect to hear Him. Jeremiah heard God in the potter’s house. I heard Him in Inner Mongolia. I had taken ten university students with me to serve in Inner Mongolia. For...
A God Who Cares

A God Who Cares

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD. (Jer. 18:1) BABA KALENGE WAS EXCITED as he approached me to talk. “Umfundisi, Elmon came to me and stated that he wants to become a Christian. As I presented the way to do so, I asked him what caused him to want to make...
O Lord, Hear My Cry

O Lord, Hear My Cry

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Ps. 118:1) FOR WEEKS ELAINE SUFFERED with an unnamed life-threatening infection. Her pain was unbearable. With unspoken words, she called to the Lord. Finally, after a treatable diagnosis was...
A Changed Life

A Changed Life

Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (Jer. 17:14) TROUBLE WAS HIS NAME. Jim was standing before the juvenile court judge once again. He heard the judge’s words, “He must be removed from the environment. Mrs....
A Place of Safety

A Place of Safety

A glorious throne, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary. (Jer. 17:12) EVERY MONDAY MORNING the doorbell rang. Audrey walked in calling out, “Hello, anybody home?” Joan greeted her with a smile and a warm embrace. They walked into the dining room....
A Choice—Foolishness or Wisdom

A Choice—Foolishness or Wisdom

Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means. (Jer. 17:11) THE PARTRIDGE HARDLY COMPARES to the people of today. We live in a society that bases success on accumulation of wealth and position. Recent news articles...
We All Have Secrets

We All Have Secrets

“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct.” (Jer. 17:10) WE ALL HAVE SECRETS. I know I do, secrets hidden deep down in my heart. Things that I have done, thoughts I have had, and hurtful words I have thought. When I...
It’s All Grace

It’s All Grace

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” (Jer. 17:7) MAY WAS TWO YEARS OLD and her sister was four when their mother died. Their father remarried a woman who brought another child into the family. Later, there were three more children...
Get Help or Get Out

Get Help or Get Out

This is what the LORD says “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” (Jer. 17:5) CHARLES LOST HIS WAY. His family was disintegrating. Their loving husband and father was lost to them. He...
Everyone Can Praise

Everyone Can Praise

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Ps. 150:6) MUSICAL TALENT ESCAPED ME and my younger brother, but our other brother Bill took to music like a baby takes to ice cream. By age twelve, he was playing beautiful music on an electric...
It’s Who You Know That Matters

It’s Who You Know That Matters

“No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me.” . . . declares the Lord. (Jer. 31:34) I HAD NO EXPOSURE to the gospel until I was sixteen. I grew up in Canada, and my parents sent me to Sunday...
All Dressed Up

All Dressed Up

Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:24) A GROUP OF ATHEISTS gathered around a fellow atheist’s casket. Looking at their deceased friend, one person remarked, “What a shame, Joe’s all dressed up with no place to go.”...
The Great Transplant

The Great Transplant

I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezek. 36:26) THE FIRST HUMAN-TO-HUMAN heart transplant was performed on December 3, 1967, in South Africa. Dr. Christiaan Barnard and his team of thirty performed the historic nine-hour...
A Thorough Cleaning

A Thorough Cleaning

I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. (Ezek. 36:25) I SUFFERED A STROKE Thanksgiving morning, 2014, while driving to Denver to celebrate the holiday with our children and grandchildren. I missed out on turkey and pumpkin pie, but I...