God Is


“God Is” by Kirk Hunt

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV

I don’t question the nature or presence of air. Air is. I assume air. I know that air will always be there.

I don’t question the nature or presence of God. God is. I assume God. I know that God will always be there.

Of course I am limited, fallible and imperfect. This condition is know as “human.” Too often, I ascribe human characteristics to God.

God is so much better than human. And despite that, He loves us. You would think men and women would return the favor.

God has always been. He will always be. In between unending and forever, He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.

I can count on God. He is God, even when I can’t count on someone else. God is God, especially when I can’t count on myself.

God keeps His promises. No situation can surprise Him. No circumstance can surpass Him.

You don’t need to question what God can do. You don’t need to question whether or not He will be there. All you need to do is love Him. He’ll take care of the rest.

Think: God is the only One I can count on.

Pray: “Lord, You are God.  That is why I choose to trust You.”

Copyright © August 2009, Kirk Hunt

Too Big For You


“Too Big For You” by Kirk Hunt

And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

1 Kings 19:7-8 KJV

God has plans for you. Surprising, extraordinary designs to benefit others through your life. Since God is a big God, His plans for you are large and out-sized.

God’s great and glorious plans are, in fact, too big for you. In a single day, the nation of Israel had returned to the true worship of God at Mt. Carmel. In the days following the “juniper tree incident,” Elijah would appoint kings and shape the future of Israel and other nations.

All of it, even for a prophet of Elijah’s stature, too much for a single man. Elijah needed the supernatural sustenance and support of God, to do the work of God. Faithfully, God provided just what Elijah needed to continue in his appointed tasks.

God’s plans are too big for you. With the plans, He has also provided the strength you need to see them through. Wake up and take in the strength that God has provided for you. You have a great journey ahead.

Think: God is my source and supply in every task.

Pray: “Lord, I choose to trust Your plans and provision.”

Copyright © August 2009, Kirk Hunt

At The End Of Endurance

“At The End Of Endurance” by Kirk Hunt

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. (1 Kings 19:5-6 KJV)

1 Kings 19:5-6 KJV

Elijah’s discouragement and grief sapped his strength. Exhausted, the prophet slept hard, worn out from the events of the week. Mere humans have limits. “Yes, you.”

Sleep is sleep, regardless of it’s source. In this moment, for this man, simple rest isn’t enough. God, via an angel, stepped in to make up the difference.

God’s Holy Spirit extends us and empowers us. That doesn’t mean you can, or should, skip the fundamentals of good nutrition and adequate rest. Elijah is an object lesson in the limits of men and women.

The angel fed Elijah then let him sleep. Simple bread and clean drinking water served as the first part of restoring the great prophet. Maybe a decent meal and a good night’s sleep is what you need.

God is our source. We cannot do it on our own. If you find yourself worn out and beat down, maybe it’s time to let God provide you the resources you need to continue.

Think: No matter what is happening, God is my source.

Pray: “Lord, I choose to trust You, even at the end of my endurance.”

Copyright © July 2009, Kirk Hunt

At The End Of A Rope


“At The End Of A Rope” by Kirk Hunt

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

1 Kings 19:4 KJV

Things can change in 72 hours. Fire fell from heaven in response to Elijah’s prayer. The cult of Baal leadership had been destroyed in single day. Surely, the threat of a single woman, queen or not, couldn’t matter to a prophet like Elijah.

3 days earlier, Elijah had been unstoppable. Now he huddled, pitifully under a nameless tree. It’s as if the triumph at Mt. Carmel had not happened.

To be sure, Jezebel’s threat had credibility. If anyone could arrange Elijah’s assassination, she could. Seemingly alone against a nation, Elijah looked within and found the end of his rope.

You and I know that Elijah should have looked to God. Looking up, the prophet would have seen a legion of angels, each with an endless coil of rope. Elijah could have met Jezebel’s threat with confidence and security.

It’s easy to point out Elijah’s error. How about you? Have you ever panicked instead of trusting God? “Yeah. Me too.”

At the end of your rope is when you reach for God’s lifeline. He, alone, has all of the solutions. God alone is without limit and without failure.

Think: No matter what happens, God is, and will be, there for me..

Pray: “Lord, I choose to trust You, even at the end of my rope.”

Copyright © July 2009, Kirk Hunt

Paul’s Scars

“Paul’s Scars” by Kirk Hunt

Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

2 Corinthians 11:24-25 KJV

Jagged marks from a stoning. A latticework of lines from various whippings. The Apostle Paul must have had a large set of ugly scars.

Still, Paul’s scars served a valuable purpose. Handcuffed to soldiers of the Praetorian Guard, the roughest and toughest of Roman soldiers, Paul had instant credibility. Writing and speaking to persecuted Christians, Paul’s scars gave his message undeniable authority and inescapable comfort.

Paul’s Scars represent the good that comes from a Christian’s bad experiences. Only God would choose to turn the ugly marks of our trials into the beautiful trophies of our victories. Or should I say, God’s victories?

Look at the lines and marks of your journey. The common wisdom calls them ugly reminders. In the light of God’s purpose they are beautiful trophies. God has a purpose and plan for your scars, and you.

You may not understand why you had to go through. Just remember that God loves you. He has a plan for those using your scars as trophies.

Think:     In God’s hands and purpose, my trials become triumphs.

Pray:        “Lord, I don’t always understand, but I choose to trust You.”

Copyright © July 2009, Kirk Hunt

Shake It Off


“Shake It Off” by Kirk Hunt

And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

Acts 28:5-6 KJV

“Shake it off.” The viper, unseen in the brush, bit Paul and injected its poison. Even in the continuing storm, the local residents of the island recognized the seriousness of the snake and its bite. They assumed Paul’s death would be momentary.

Any viper bite is a serious matter. In modern medicine, such a bite may require an amputation. The certainty of the ancient locals comes as no surprise .

“Shake it off.” Scripture doesn’t even record a prayer or comment by Paul at that moment. A few flicks of the wrist or elbow and the snake went in the fire.

Did it hurt? Probably. Should Paul have suffered sever harm from the bite? Definitely.

“Shake it off.” Scripture doesn’t hide or sugar-coat the truth. Even the best Christians suffer in this life. Don’t let your trials and tribulations get the better of you.

Let God’s power and Holy Spirit carry you through. It might hurt, but God will keep you from harm. Practice your prayers and shaking motions now.

Think: God has given me the grace and power to shake it off.

Pray: “Lord, in the Name of Jesus, help me to shake it off.”

Copyright © July 2009, Kirk Hunt

Paul’s Bite


“Paul’s Bite” by Kirk Hunt

And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

Acts 28:4 KJV

Consider the cast of characters in Paul’s traveling group: pagan sailors, heathen soldiers and criminals-in-custody. Surely, one of them “better deserved” a deadly, poison bite. Still, it is Paul’s hand that is injected with venom.

Paul’s bite represents the negative events and circumstances that happen, even to the most Godly men and women. The folks looking on may mis-understand why it happened to you. Unfortunately, other Christian saints can get it wrong as well.

Even the negative things in our lives happen with God’s permission. Perhaps He is correcting a weakness in you. Maybe He is building a strength into you. It’s possible you are an illustrated lesson for someone else. God has His purpose, even for this.

Whatever the reason, go through your circumstances with grace. Endure with patience. Measure the comments of bystanders with Scripture.

God has His reasons. Trust His all-knowing wisdom. Remember His unending love for you. Don’t forget to shake it off (v. 5).

Think: Jesus loves you no matter what is happening in your life.

Pray: “Lord, help me to trust You and Your plan for my life.”

Copyright © July 2009, Kirk Hunt

Strong But Not Hard


“Strong But Not Hard” by Kirk Hunt

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10 KJV

The hard and uncaring approach to life is not a righteous one. Christian men and women may not be able to coddle everyone or everything, but there is a lifestyle of treating everyone and everything with as much grace as possible. There’s no good reason for harsh and heartless.

There’s a lot of difference between strong and hard. In fact, much of the time, hardness is a façade that tries to cover up weakness. Real strength delivers comfort and blessing.

Make no mistake, sometimes Christian men and women must take uncompromising stands. We sometimes choose to be unmoved and refuse every force that comes against us. That takes strength, but isn’t hard or uncaring.

Compassion can only be effective when there are the strength and resources to make a change. Grace can only flow through the hand of a servant who seeks to bless. Real reformers always offer an alternative, not condemnation.

Even a beast of burden deserves simple consideration. The ability to show compassion and mercy to the living souls around us stems from God-given strength. How strong are you?

Think: God gives us strength, not hardness.

Pray: “Lord, give me Your strength.”

Copyright © June 2009, Kirk Hunt

Jesus Loves Me


“Jesus Loves Me” by Kirk Hunt

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 KJV

“Jesus loves me! This I know,

Because the Bible tells me so.”


Many of us sang Jesus Loves Me as children. I’m certain more of us should sing it as adults. Perhaps constantly.

We make our relationship with Jesus too complicated. The complex theological terminology gets in the way. The simple truth is, Jesus loves you.

It doesn’t matter if your voice is high and squeaky or deep and rumbling. You could be strikingly slim or substantially sturdy. Jesus loves you.

Maybe your childhood wasn’t all that innocent. Perhaps your adulthood hasn’t been very pleasant. It does not matter. Jesus loved you then. Jesus loves you now.

Don’t let the events of your life or your past history confuse you. You are here because of Jesus’ love for you. He has a plan and purpose for your life that will astound you. A plan created out of His deep and limitless love for you.

What does the future hold? I wish I could tell you. All I can say for sure is that when you get to tomorrow, Jesus will love you then.

Think: Jesus loves you and me, but especially me.

Pray: “Lord, help me to always remember your love for me.”

Copyright © June 2009, Kirk Hunt

There Will Be Room


“There Will Be Room” by Kirk Hunt

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Proverbs 18:16 KJV

Sometimes, Christian men and women concern themselves with the relationship between giving and progress. “I have given so much. Where and how will I see the outcome?”

It’s only natural and human to be concerned. When you give of your time, talent and treasure, you want it to count for good. Even the most selfless among us want a good return on investment.

The word “gift” in verse 16 can be translated as “a present.” While Scripture condemns bribes, it encourages generosity. When is it a gift and not a bribe? What are the motives of your heart?

There will be room for you. In fact your generosity will place you in front of the important and influential. According to your gifts, not your bribes.

Give your gifts with all your heart. Be generous with your time, talent and treasure. God delights in rewarding those who sincerely and diligently serve Him.

Stand and deliver, right where you are. Bless and benefit those who are close to hand. If you are giving from your heart, God will ensure there is room for you.

Think: God rewards those who give themselves in His service.

Pray: “Lord, help me to give generously of myself.”

Copyright © June 2009, Kirk Hunt

God’s Blessing (Jacob)


“God’s Blessing (Jacob)” by Kirk Hunt

Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

Genesis 31:41-42 KJV

“For every Jacob, there is a Laban.” I grew up hearing that phrase, and it never had a fixed meaning. Usually, it was a warning. Sometimes, it was an admonishment. On occasion, it was a comfort.

Jacob, the trickster, met more than his match in Uncle Laban. For 20 years, Jacob lived life in the negative uncertainty of what trick or swindle would hit next. I’m certain the irony was not lost on the man who robbed his own twin brother.

At the end of their time together, Jacob returned home, wealthy, blessed and protected by God. Not because of Jacob’s power or brains, but because of God’s faithfulness and provision. Not even Laban’s cunning is a match for God’s sovereign will.

God didn’t save Jacob from the consequences of his actions. Still, Jacob lived a fruitful, blessed and blessing life. Because Jacob learned to live a Godly life.

No matter what you’re living through, you can live in God’s blessing. Your way may not be easy, but it can still be blessed. And that something not even “Laban” can take away.

Think: God’s blessing is stronger than any thing else.

Pray: “Lord, help me live life Your way.”

Copyright © June 2009, Kirk Hunt

Finding Bethel


“Finding Bethel” by Kirk Hunt

And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

Genesis 28:18-19 KJV

Jacob levered his granite mattress upright. Reverently, he used the ceremony for dedicating an altar to mark it as a holy memorial. Suddenly, a blank spot at the side of the road became a holy shrine.

“Beth-el” means “the house of God.” A place where God lives is precious. We underestimate the number of places that God can dwell.

Too often, we expect that in the hard, difficult places of our lives, we have been abandoned by God. Jacob, as a fugitive and exile, likely thought himself a long way from God. Instead, he met God in a miraculous and awe-inspiring way.

The place where you stand is Beth-el. Despite your hardship. With the tears and sorrow. You are in the presence of an all-powerful God, who loves you more than even you know.

No matter what is going on, God is nearby. Settle down and listen. Even a stone pillow becomes a comfort in the presence of God.

Think: Any place can be come God’s place.

Pray: “Lord, help me to listen for You, wherever I am.”

Copyright © May 2009, Kirk Hunt