It Shall Be Well

It Shall Be Well By Kirk Hunt

And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.

2 Kings 4:23 KJV
Please also read 2 Kings 4: 18-37

“It shall be well.”  The Shunammite heard her little boy’s breathing rattle to a stop.  She felt the living warmth fade from his body.  She laid his cold, still form down to take the only action she knew could help.

“It shall be well.”  Her grim determination testified to her understanding of her situation.  She wanted a different outcome.  Her every word and action demonstrated her unrelenting hope.

“It shall be well.”  Her heart and mind likely swam in grief.  Her faith carried her over all-too-human reactions and feelings.  As she drove hard over the miles, faith kept her in her saddle.

“It shall be well.”  Whatever you are facing.  No matter how it looks to the natural eye.  Regardless of expert opinion.

“It shall be well.”  Speak the words, long before you can see the outcome.  Testify to your coming success, despite your present setbacks.  Use your faith to warm the cold reality of your situation.

“It shall be well.” These words do not prevent hot tears.  They are a prelude to hard work.  Despite all of that, they are still warm comfort and unyielding hope.  Speak the words with real faith™.

“It shall be well.”  God is there, with you.  He sees your entire situation.  He cares.  Do you have the faith to speak the words?

Think:       Faith stands and acts, despite the circumstances.

Pray:         “Lord, I declare, in Your Name, ‘It shall be well.’”

 

Copyright © April 2018, Kirk Hunt

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See The Goodness

See The Goodness By Kirk Hunt

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

Psalms 27:13 NKJV

 

The road stretches out before me, narrow and barren.  For a moment I consider not continuing.  It is then that I remember His many promises, breathed in my soul by the Holy Spirit and confirmed in Scripture.  I will walk on and see the goodness.

Even King David could not settle all of his problems and issues with swords or proclamations.  He had to work our his own salvation with fear and trembling.  Just like you and I.  There were days he had to wait to see God’s goodness, in faith and belief.

It is not always easy; doing right, the right way.  Laboring and staying faithful for promises you see only faith.  Still, now is not the time to lose heart or hope. 

Sometimes, as now, there are storms and difficulties.  His promises remain certain.  There will be better, even in the turbulence.  His joy is in you, not in the circumstances.

Do not let anyone, even yourself, tell you that you lack faith or courage.  Faith does not ignore the difficulties.  Courage does not lessen the blows. 

Your advantage is that you know it will be worth it.  God’s goodness will be there and then, and eventually it will be here and now.  Keep walking the long narrow road to God.  Along the way you will find yourself living in the land of God’s goodness.

Think:       No matter what I see now, I will live to see God’s goodness in the future.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to have faith in Your promises, even in storms.”

 

Copyright © March 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Shammah’s Lentils

Shammah’s Lentils By Kirk Hunt

And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines.   But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

2 Samuel 23:11-12 NKJV

Shammah stood his ground in a field of lentils.  I always imagine him alone, matching his soft brass knife against a squad (or maybe a platoon) of hard steel swords.  Valiantly, Shammah fought the fight of his life over a patch of beans.

Why there?  Why then?  Why single-handed?  Scripture does not say.  The Bible only records that God used one man to bring about a great victory.

Shammah’s lentils are a symbol of the victories God gives despite impossible circumstances.  To those without faith, it seems God’s men and women too often risk everything, against ridiculous odds, for nothing of value.  Even God’s faithful sometimes feel alone and friendless against endless hordes.

You are not alone.  Jehovah-Shammah, the God who is there, fights beside you.  Like Shammah bar-Agee, God will bring about a great victory through you.

What has God called you to do?  Champion the cause He set in your heart.  Nurture the soul he put in your path.  Despite all of the really good reasons you should pull back, push forward in God’s power.

It may seem that you are defending a patch of beans against impossible odds.  Be confident in fulfilling the call of God.  Be faithful and God will deliver victory through your faithful courage.

Think:        If God sent me, the issue is not trivial, and the odds are not impossible.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to have faithful courage over what, where and when You command.”

 

Copyright © March 2018, Kirk Hunt

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No Greater Love

No Greater Love By Kirk Hunt

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 15:13

 

The test came, and three true Americans passed.  Good men refused to stand by and let evil triumph.  For friends they may not have truly met, they proved their greater love. 

 

It is appropriate on this Memorial Day that we Americans recognize this fresh proof that freedom is not free.  It requires men and women, many without arms or armor, to stand in courage.  Some will make the ultimate sacrifice, out of love.

 

Real love requires standing against all enemies, foreign and domestic, natural and spiritual.  Real love stands against sin, hate and violence with grace and truth.  All too often, the enemy of our souls, or his agents, will retaliate viciously.  

 

However they act, God’s people are commanded to respond in love and grace.  Even when provoked, God’s people must respond as Jesus would.  His greater love lives in us and finds its expression through us.  Sometimes at the risk of being known as a hero. 

 

Jesus knew He would face the ultimate test.  He refused to stand by and let mankind continue in separation from God.  Jesus stood in courage and made the ultimate and eternal sacrifice, on the Cross.  He proved that the evidence of greater love requires action.

 

I pray you are never tested this way.  May His wisdom and grace lead you around or past any situation.  Still, do not hesitate to become a known hero.  True heroes are in short supply.

 

Think:        Jesus gave His life to save us from the enemy of our souls.

 

Pray:           “Lord, guide me in Your wisdom, with courage.”

 

Copyright © May 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Loving Under Authority

Loving Under Authority By Kirk Hunt

 

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1–2 NKJV
Please also read Romans 13:1–14

 

The Apostle Paul commanded Christians living in Rome to obey the rule and authority of the Roman Caesars.  These same Roman leaders would eventually behead the Apostle.  Paul’s words, and example, remain a commandment for Christians today.  Our dual citizenship in God’s Kingdom, and a secular government, leads to complexities we answer through His love and grace.

 

Christians are good citizens of God and heaven, first and foremost.  When push comes to shove, His grace and love should flow out of us to the men and women who persecute us.  Especially when they respond with dogs and firehoses.  

 

Paul was beheaded for preaching the Gospel.  Traditionally, all of the Apostles, save John, were martyred for preaching Jesus.  The Apostles loved Jesus, and their pagan persecutors, more than themselves.  Instead of a clenched fist they used their loving hearts to turn the authorities to Jesus.

 

Through prayer and living as authentic Christians, the Apostles turned pagan Rome into a Christian nation.  No nation, or group, is so far gone that it cannot be brought, or returned, to Christ.  Are you willing to live, love and potentially die as a citizen of heaven?

 

Think:                I am first and foremost a loving citizen of heaven.  Regardless of the cost.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to live out my life as a testimony of Your love.”

 

Copyright © June 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Just Launch

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Just Launch By Kirk Hunt

 

Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.”

Judges 6:39 NKJV

 

Gideon had already met an angel, face-to-face. He also experienced (even if briefly) the in-dwelling of God’s Spirit; a rare thing in the Old Testament record. With all of Israel’s military might gathered with him at Jezreel, Gideon hesitated to engage with the enemy. Despite his intensive experience with God, and an army at his command, Gideon failed to launch.

 

The miracles of a wet fleece, then a dry fleece were designed to assure Gideon that he was following God’s authentic commands. We can read ahead in Scripture to Gideon’s victory at the end of Judges 7. Gideon had to live through the actual battles and difficulties in order to enjoy the success God promised him.

 

Do not get me wrong. I have done the same thing. With all of God’s presence and assurance, I have hesitated to follow His command. Despite seeing and knowing much, I draw back because I do not know all.

 

As God’s people, we are to love and trust Him more than ourselves. We may not always have our own best interests in heart or mind, but He does. God guides human history with one hand while the other hand holds endless power. We can trust His call to launch.

 

Think:                I want the character to boldly launch when God commands.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to have the courage and obedience to launch at Your command.”

 

 

Copyright © February 2016, Kirk Hunt

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I Am Not Lunch

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I Am Not Lunch By Kirk Hunt

 

Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

 

1 Samuel 17:37 NKJV

 

His fangs gleam. He looks me in the eye and licks his chops. The hellhound is happy to see me. He thinks I am lunch.

 

David’s hellhound came in the form of a 9 foot 9 inch tall fighting man named Goliath. King Saul lacked the strength, or faith, to face the Philistine. David’s faith, and experience with God, told him he would not be lunch. It did not matter how much Goliath shouted out a menu (1 Samuel 17:44).

 

Faith is not the absence of doubt. Nor does it ignore the facts and data. Instead, faith is belief greater than doubt or the expected outcome.

 

God’s people are never victims. We face our trials and tribulations with faith in God. We trust that His solution will see us through. Through Him we are not on the menu for anyone, or anything.

 

David won against Goliath through his faith in God. Turn and face the hellhound(s) in your life. God is with you. Though faith in His power, you will not be lunch. God’s champions are always victors and never victims.

 

Think:            No matter what I face, I choose to face it through faith in God.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to trust in Your strength.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Thankfulness In Advance

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Thankfulness In Advance By Kirk Hunt

 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58 NKJV

 

There is always joy and thankfulness in the victory lap.  When last did you dance a happy jig in the middle of the grueling drills?  Where you laughing and singing in the middle of the bitter battles?  Just as I suspected.

 

God’s people are always thankful for the victory, but we must remember to be thankful during the tests and trials.  Our joy should be visible, and contagious, even in the middle of difficult circumstances.  We can afford it, and are obligated, since we know the outcome.  Just as you suspected.

 

Still, in the middle of dirty, dangerous and difficult, we have to choose thankfulness.  Even though victory is assured, we remain human.  Our joy and thankfulness should be most evident, and authentic, in the heat of our toughest battles.  Just as they suspected.

 

Pay no attention to the little inconveniences of living through the battles, labors and incidents.  The heartaches and hardships will be worth it.  God has guaranteed our wins, so we love Him even more.  Just as He said.

 

Think:            “Flip to the back of The Book.  We win.”  -Various Saints of God

Pray:              “Lord, help me have joy and thankfulness since You have assured the outcome.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2013, Kirk Hunt

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The Courage of Retreat

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The Courage of Retreat By Kirk Hunt

 

So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

2 Samuel 15:14 NKJV

 

Absalom’s mutiny obviously threatened David.  The conspiracy also threatened the city of Jerusalem.  David had the courage to retreat to protect the precious city of Zion.

 

David could have made a stand against the usurper in the Capitol.  The mutiny could not end without bloodshed, regardless.  Still, the battle site makes a difference.  There would be less collateral damage, human and structural, if David fought Absalom outside of the city.

 

Grieved but calm, David retreated.  Absalom took Jerusalem without a fight, because of the king’s strength of mind and heart.  The battle would involve fewer innocents in the open countryside.  The city of Zion would not see fire or demolition if David retreated.

 

A single retreat is rarely the end of the story.  The usurper quickly began to think himself the victor through conspiracy.  David just did not want to make a mess in God’s city.  The king’s courage during retreat, and Absalom seeing strength as weakness, helped set the stage for David’s victory.

 

Perhaps you are facing a battle in your life.  A retreat may be the more courageous route.  What action protects others?  Seek God’s counsel in His Word and prayer.

 

Think:            Retreat is sometimes the courageous route to victory.

Pray:              “Lord, give me the courage to retreat to safeguard others and obey You.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2013, Kirk Hunt

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A Mother’s Nerve

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A Mother’s Nerve by Kirk Hunt

 

The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

Mark 7:26 KJV

 

She was not Jewish, or from Israel.  She came from the Phoenician coast of Syria.  In fact, she was a descendent of Greek conquerors.

 

To the Jews, this woman represented a corrupting foreign influence.   Certainly, she knew how the locals viewed her.  Still, she came to Jesus with her possessed daughter.

 

As only a mother can, she pushed to the head of the line.  Boldly, she asked for a miracle from Jesus, knowing she had no rights or entitlement.  She even refused to take “no” for an answer.

 

Somewhere along the line, someone needs you to have a mother’s nerve.  Be willing to ask for big things from folks who have every reason to refuse you or yours.  Be sure to have a strong expectation for your miracle.

 

This mother went away with her daughter cured.  She had the faith to approach.  She had the faith to ask.  She even had the faith to stay and contend for her miracle.

 

Faith is more than mere belief.  It is expectation that conflicts with the facts and data.  It demands acts, that lead to an outcome, that does not follow the flow of events.

 

Mom got her miracle.  Daughter got her healing.  Who needs you to have faith like a mother?

 

Think:            I should be bold and forward in seeking to bless and benefit others.

 

Pray:              “Lord, give me the heart and courage to seek Your good for others.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Keilah’s Champions

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Keilah’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:5 KJV

 

The Keilah militia was no match for first-line Philistine troops.  At best, the men and women of Keilah would starve that winter.  It was possible that the Philistines might not let anyone survive to be hungry.

 

David went to God.  “Should I go save strangers?”  Twice, the answer came back: “Yes.”

 

The marauders were mauled.  David’s and his men out maneuvered, then out fought the raiders.  The champions of Keilah saved the day.  Only after did the helpers meet the helped.

 

As God’s man or woman, you are called to service in His Kingdom.  Often, that will involve providing help and healing to folks you have never seen before.  Service is at its most refined when given to pure strangers.

 

There is a modern-day Keilah crying out for you.  The need is matter of life-and-death, even if military maneuvers are not needed.  They need the light and life from Jesus that you carry.  Nothing else will save those souls.

 

You may not be one of them, still you are their champion.  You carry His power, healing and help within you.  You’ll have to get close and personal for them to receive it.

 

You have what they need.  Get out there and be a champion.  There will be time to learn names afterward.

 

Think:            In God’s service you might be a champion to complete strangers.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion someone else needs.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Despised For His Name

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Despised For His Name by Kirk Hunt

 

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Matthew 5:11 KJV

 

Tuesday morning, at 9:40AM, I was a colleague.  My character would have been described as open and compassionate.  I was seen as intelligent and well-spoken.  10 minutes later, at 9:50AM, everything changed.

 

Did I really say and do so many mean-spirited things in 600 seconds?  Could I suddenly become heartless, judgmental and condemning in those few minutes?  All I am sure of is that the relationship, built slowly in the last two years, went up in proverbial smoke.

 

I confessed to my coworker, “I am a Christian.”  What really got me were his eyes.  I could see the loathing and disgust that suddenly clouded his view of me.  He would gleefully turn me in to anyone rounding up Christians.

 

I happen to know some of the hurts and wounds in his background.  Still, Scripture spells out clearly what is right and wrong.  If righteousness will not bend for me, it will not change for him.

 

My coworker rejected Jesus, not me.  That is why my heart is broken, for him.  Unless God intervenes, he could be lost.

 

Scripture commands me to find a way to love him, anyway.  Jesus’ Great Commission calls me to make him a disciple.  I’m praying that God will open his eyes to the Gospel.  While there is life, and the Holy Spirit, there is hope and a way.

 

 

Think:            A Christ-like life overpowers opposition through His power, grace and love.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to live like You, especially with my opponents.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.