God Does Not Delay

Joy Petroelje

Read: 2 Peter 3:1-9 The LORD is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (v. 9) Immediacy has become a normal part of my life. I text a friend and expect a fast response. I make a purchase online and quickly see the deduction in our bank account. I have grown used to having my wants met at a fast …

Courage and Kindness

Joy Petroelje

Read: Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (v. 6) Addressing conflict is not my favorite activity, but it’s a necessary part of life. As a Christian, I have sometimes felt like I had to avoid confrontation to be effective for Christ, yet the Bible instructs us differently. From the commissioning of Joshua …

Courage Under Fire

Joy Petroelje

Read: Exodus 32:11-16 And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people. (v. 14) If the word courageous had a picture next to it in the dictionary, I think an image of Moses would be a top contender. When the call on Moses’ life came in the form of a burning bush in Exodus 3, he was a hesitant, self-proclaimed poor speaker whose primary task was tending his father-in-law’s sheep. Fast-forward to Exodus …

The Time Is Now

Joy Petroelje

Read: Esther 4 And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (v. 14) I appreciate the many displays of God’s power and provision contained in the Old Testament. Only God could envision wiping the earth clean with a flood (Genesis 7) or parting the Red Sea to give the Israelites safe passage (Exodus 14). Only God would anoint a shepherd boy to kinghood (1 Samuel 16:13) or include a prostitute in …

The Spirit Speaks for You

Joy Petroelje

Read: Mark 13:3-13 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. (v. 11) As Christians, our greatest joy should be sharing the good news of the gospel with unbelievers. In doing so, we have the hope that whomever we speak with will be born again by the …

An Encouraging Word

Joy Petroelje

Read: Philippians 4:1-20 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (v. 19) Years ago I claimed as my life verse Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” Generally, this verse serves as a comforting reminder that God always has me in the palm of his hand. However, on the days when I feel like a dark cloud is on my shoulder, rejoicing seems like …