Be Positive—Keep Talking

David Brower

READ : Proverbs 15:1, 13, 18, 23, 28, 30 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word! (v. 23 NIV) Solomon had many wives and a lot of children. Those wives had minds of their own, and his children grew up to have minds of their own. Solomon needed wisdom! And God gave it to him in great measure (1 Kings 3:12). Solomon shares a couple of principles that served him well in …

Reality Check!

David Brower

READ : Romans 3:9-24 For all have sinned. (v. 23 NIV) I hope we have taken courage from the covenant promises of God regarding us and our (sometimes wandering) children. We can be hopeful! God is faithful. His promises stand. His Spirit pursues. He is patient. But, while we wait for God to reach our children, is there anything we can do? Nagging them about going to church doesn't work. Putting a guilt trip on them doesn't work. Is there …

How Long Can We Be Hopeful?

David Brower

READ : Exodus 2:11-25 During that long period . . . (v. 23 NIV) We are almost always in a hurry. God, however, is not! One of God's greatest qualities is patience. He is willing to wait until the circumstances and people and experiences he brings into our lives have equipped us for our future in knowing and serving him. Moses was separated from his parents early in life. In the following years, as a prince of Egypt, he had …

The Hound of Heaven!

David Brower

READ : Acts 2:38-39 The promise is for you and your children. (v. 39 NIV) For years, I kept beagle hounds. Beagles are rabbit hunting machines. Once they get the scent of a rabbit, they will stubbornly pursue it, all the while making the most beautiful music—at least, to a beagle lover's ears!—with bawling voice. English poet Francis Thompson wrote a poem called The Hound of Heaven. In it, he compares the Spirit of God to a hound that persistently …

A Mother's (and a Father's) Love!

David Brower

READ : Isaiah 49:14-15 Can a mother forget the baby at her breast? (v. 15 NIV) Is anything more powerful than a mother's love for her baby? Perhaps the bond of mother love is strongest when that baby draws its sustenance, and thus its very life, from the mother's breast. In this passage, rebellious Israel experiences God's discipline and feels forsaken and forgotten. But God replies, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on …

Yes, It Is for Us!

David Brower

READ : Galatians 3:6-9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (v. 9 NIV) The covenant God made with Abraham and his seed was made with the Jewish people. But probably most of us who read this devotional are not Jewish. So do these covenant promises apply to us? Yes, thank God, they do! John Murray, in his book Christian Baptism, summarized the Bible's teaching this way: “The New Testament is the expansion …