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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At The River’s Bank

At The River’s Bank By Kirk Hunt

But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.

Exodus 2:3
Please read also Exodus 1:8–22

 

At the river’s bank, Jochebed carefully laid her infant son in a waterproofed basket.  Driven by a mixture of fear, hope, desperation, ingenuity and determination, she sought life and safety for her boy in the Nile.  She risked the life of her helpless infant with crocodiles or drowning.  She saved him from the certainty of death at the hands of Pharaoh’s soldiers.

 

“Amram, I put the baby in the river today.  Now I am being paid by the royal court to raise our baby.  God is good.”

 

Desperate people do extraordinary things.  Some acts, in retrospect, are unwise.  Others actions demonstrate courage and determination despite stress and danger.  In some circumstances, you must do what you can with what you have.

 

Perhaps you stand at a river’s bank in your life.  Your circumstances have driven you in ways you never imagined.  Even in a place of risk and danger, God is still with you. 

 

Turn to His wisdom and guidance.  Ask Him to guide you in what He is blessing.  God’s direction may not make sense to others.  His guidance may not make sense to you.  His path remains the way to safety and blessing.

 

Think:        God sees and cares for me, even in the worst of circumstances.

Pray:           “Lord, guide me in Your wisdom, even at the river’s edge.”

 

Copyright © May 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Hope In The King

Hope In The King By Kirk Hunt

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”

Lamentations 3:24 NKJV

I pray that in this New Year you will build God’s Kingdom.  Of course, it would be better (and easier) to do so from a place of great provision and extraordinary favor.  Your circumstances, rich or poor, renowned or reviled, do not define your hope.  Your hope rests in God.

The Book of Lamentations was traditionally written by Jeremiah, at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by Babylon.  In the figurative or literal smoke of the burning Temple, grief is easy.  Still, Lamentations points to hope.  No matter what our circumstances are, we can rely on God.

Lamentations correctly points out the errors of Judah and her kings.  If anything, God’s judgment was overdue.  Still, there was mercy and grace for the Jewish people, despite God’s discipline.

Regardless of our circumstances, we are in the hands of a loving God.  Even when we are in rebellion against Him.  Even when we are disciplined by Him.  No matter your current circumstances, you can move forward with hope in God. 

Today, you are living in the love, mercy and grace of God.  God has not given you up or turned His heart from you.  No matter what circumstance you are in, you are still loved by Him. 

We can rely on God.  He cares for and nurtures us in all of our situations.  In this New Year, and every other moment of your life, Your hope in Him is never misplaced.

Think:        Do I put my hope in God, instead of my circumstances?

Pray:           “Lord, I choose to hope in You.”

Copyright © January 2017, Kirk Hunt

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An Angel Named Perseverance

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An Angel Named Perseverance By Kirk Hunt

 

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

 

James 5:11 NKJV

 

Perseverance is not one of the beautiful angels. There are no hidden secrets. There are no mysterious procedures. It is the simple act of staying at your tasks until the end.

 

Most Christians do not associate perseverance with skill or power. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit and very often, it is the difference between success and failure. Perseverance has great value in the secular world, and in the things of God. Perseverance carries and preserves us until His answers come.

 

Perseverance is a sibling to endurance and a cousin to patience. It is the link between hope and prayer. All champions have, or get, perseverance. That is because all champions eventually run out of fancy moves and clever strategies. All that remains then is refusing to give up until you get victory.

 

Perseverance does have a formula: Take the hits. Get up, if needed. Continue serving God. Repeat until you arrive in His Kingdom.

 

There is no magic or mystery in perseverance.   Just a willingness to continue until victory comes. You do want victory, right?

 

Think:            Perseverance may not be flashy but it is critical.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me have endurance until my change and answers come from You.

 

 

Copyright © September 2014, Kirk Hunt

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Light In The Dark

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Light In The Dark By Kirk Hunt

 

In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”   Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord

Isaiah 38:1-2 NKJV

 

Sometimes, the news lacks any light or lightness.  Verse 3 records that Hezekiah wept bitterly because of Isaiah’s message.  In too many cases, despite our unending hope in God, the facts and data have only one (grim) conclusion.  Christian men and women also face dark nights and gray days.

 

No matter how hopeless the news, we can always have a hopeful response.  God is always happy to spend time with us, tears and all.  His light shines through the darkest shadows.

 

King Hezekiah turned to the wall.  He turned away from the doctors, the attendants, and even the prophet.  He faced the wall so that he could talk unhindered, and undistracted, with God.

 

Hezekiah had one message from God, but he wanted a different outcome.  He went to God in prayer.  Despite the dark news, Hezekiah had hope in God’s power and grace.

 

Your news may lack any light.  Don’t let that shake your hope and confidence in God.  He is there, at your side.  No matter how dark it seems.

 

If He won’t carry you over, He will carry you through.  Spend time with Him.  He is your hope, and light, despite the news.

 

Think:            God, and His light, is always there for you.

 

Pray:               God, here are my burdens.  I cannot, but You can.

 

 

Copyright © March 2014, Kirk Hunt

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

Keep Your Hope

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Keep Your Hope by Kirk Hunt

 

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.   It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Lamentations 3:21–22 KJV

 

The Book of Lamentations is a grim and somber part of Scripture.  Jeremiah clearly and forcefully explains the plight and situation of Israel and Judah in Babylonian captivity.  In the center of the text, Jeremiah stops weeping and declares his hope in God’s love, mercy and compassions.

 

God issued the crushing cold and merciless darkness of His judgment against His people.  Still, in the middle of the gloom and pain is a place of light, warmth and joy.  The God who disciplines us is also the God who loves us.

 

His love for His people is so great that He restrains justice.  Mercy still has a hand in Israel’s punishment.  God’s grace, despite the captivity, remains part of Judah’s life.

 

Whatever you are facing, God’s love is still part of your life.  His grace is still at the core of your affairs.  His mercy still has a hand in your circumstances.

 

Despite the pain.  With the tears.  In the groaning.

 

His love is never ending.  His love for us is the source of our hope.  No matter how grim and somber our present is, we have hope because we have God.

 

Do not surrender.  Do not despair.  Despite it all, He loves us and therefore we have hope.

 

Think:            God’s love for me is the source of my hope.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to have hope in the love you have for me.”

 

 

Copyright © November 2012, Kirk Hunt

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

Riding The Storm

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Riding The Storm by Kirk Hunt

 

And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.   For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

Acts 27:22–23 KJV

The wind-driven salt water stung Paul’s face just like everyone else.  The Apostle suffered with nausea from two weeks of violent pitching, like everyone else.  The storm beat and battered everyone on the ship, without exception.

 

To the trained experts, the situation seemed forlorn of anything positive.  Still, Paul stood up in the middle of the group with words of hope.  Not because he was missing the storm, but because He was riding the storm.

 

We do God and ourselves a disservice.  We try to limit how He can act.  We set up rules that limit His salvation.

 

God’s angels can chat and visit with water-soaked believers.  Even in the middle of a typhoon.  His hope can shine through, even when rain and storm-clouds block the sun.  If you let Him, God can ride the storm with you as well.

 

God does not have to stop the storm to ride with you.  You can climb on to His hope at any time.  When the wind is howling at its loudest, God’s power shines brightest.

 

Everyone on the ship made it safely to land.  The angel did not lie to Paul.  Paul passed on what he knew was a true and complete message: God is riding the storm with us.

 

Think:             God’s power can shine in any circumstances.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to live, knowing you ride the storm with me.”

 

 

Copyright © December 2011, Kirk Hunt

Some Dreams Tell The Story

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“Some Dreams Tell The Story” by Kirk Hunt

 

And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.

2 Kings 8:5 KJV

 

The Shunammite woman and her household returned from Philistia. Unfortunately, she found her property occupied by squatters (or worse). Ironically, she now needed to speak to the King (see 2 Kings 4:13).

In between cases, King Jehoram (aka Joram) commanded Gehazi to relate the record of Elisha’s ministries and miracles. Elisha’s resurrection of the dead became a featured story. In the middle of the account, the Shunammite walked in.

Despite the fact that he was now a teenager, the boy remained a miracle. Twice, God had directly intervened in his life (and his mother’s). First, through the prophesy of his birth. Again, at his resurrection. With her hands on her hips, the Shunammite told the story of how God made her dreams come true.

Some dreams tell the story of God’s power, and more importantly, His love. It may be that you have lived your life just to tell God’s story. Put your hands on your hips and tell the story of how God brought your dreams to life.

Think: God gives life to our dreams. Sometimes, so we can tell His story.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to tell Your story with my life and times.”

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Some Dreams Get New Life

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“Some Dreams Get New Life” by Kirk Hunt

 

When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.” “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

2 Kings 4:27-28 NIV

 

At daybreak, the Shunammite woman watched her little boy run and play. At noon, her dream lay cold and stiffening in an upstairs bedroom. The bitter reality of her situation called for action.

 

Common wisdom would call for a mortician. Instead, she sent for a driver. She put on her traveling clothes and her “game face.” She had work to do.

 

The facts and data said, “The dream is over.” Faith and hope said, “It shall be well.” To the driver, she said, “Go hard and fast.”

 

Sometimes, in the rough and tumble of life, a dream dies. Bitter distress is the normal reaction to such an event. As God’s people, we can respond with faith and hope. If God can bring a dream to life, He can give it new life.

 

At evening, the Shunammite’s little boy once again ran and played. Her faith had brought new life to her dream. What will your faith bring (back) to life?

 

Think: God gives life to our dreams. Sometimes, twice.

 

Pray: “Father-God, life and power are in, and with, You.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt

Hope

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“Hope” by Kirk Hunt

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV)


You are never quite ready for the death of kith or kin. A long, protracted illness lacks enough warning. A sudden tragedy always catches us unready.


Death does not ask. He does not negotiate. He simply comes. Even Scripture says so.


Death can force us to choose, but he can not control our choices. You can respond in faith. You can reply in strength.


The tears may fall faster and hotter than you like. That is because you are flesh and blood. The sorrow comes because you love and care. That is a good thing.


Grief is not weakness. Sorrow is the most authentic evidence of a life lived, with love, among men and women. Tears are the normal response to loss and permanent separation. Any relationship worth having extracts some grief at its end.


Still, after the waves of sorrow pass, you are left with the memories. Those stored moments of laughter, tears, brawls and embraces are precious treasure. As long as you remember, your friend or kinsman is just a thought away. Especially for those who live and die in Christ, it is never “goodbye,” just “see you later.”


Go on and live through this season. You will have to feel it all. Your real friends and remaining family will see you through the hurt and heartache.


Christians cry at the open grave or weep before the burning pyre. Still, we stand, triumphant through Christ. Death may force the issue, but Jesus has the final Word. “They are not dead, but sleep.”


You will live, love and laugh again. Sooner than you think. God’s grace will carry you. His peace will settle you. God’s power over death gives us our greatest strength: Hope.


Think: His power gives me hope.


Pray: “Lord, help me to remember that You have already triumphed, even over death.”



Copyright © October 2010, Kirk Hunt

The Prisoner Becomes A Prince

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“The Prisoner Becomes A Prince” by Kirk Hunt

 

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Genesis 41:39-40 KJV

(Read also Genesis 40:20 through 41:44)

 

Joseph, despite years in prison, spoke revelation and wisdom. He explained Pharaoh’s dream. He suggested a course of actions. Then he waited.

 

Maybe Joseph hoped for a pardon. It’s possible he thought he might get a new job as a slave-steward to the new Grain Administrator. Of course, you and I know Joseph had been set-up.

 

The forgotten man became a foremost minister. He traded his (orange) prison garb for royal robes. The prisoner became a prince in a single hour.

 

Only God can so suddenly change prisoners into princes. Only the King of the universe can so completely and rapidly reverse the situation of a man. Only God knows the set up he has in store for you.

 

You thought your unseen hours and unrewarded labors were for nothing? You thought you had been thrown away and forgotten? God has made plans concerning you and His angels are working that plan with care and precision.

 

You have been set up. All that remains is the pay off. What God promises, God delivers. With interest.

 

Think : God has set me up, and I am glad.

 

Pray: “Lord, help me live out Your set up with grace and joy.”

 

 

Copyright © April 2010, Kirk Hunt

Excluded From Miracles

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“Excluded From Miracles” by Kirk Hunt

But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

Matthew 9:25 KJV

Most of Jesus’ miracles were committed in public. The miracles served as His credentials that His Word came from God. Certainly, excluding witnesses was unusual.

Whether with gracious ushering, or with gruff insistence, the “mourners” found themselves outside. The other Gospel accounts (Mark 5:22-42 and Luke 8:41-56) emphasize the limited audience for Jesus’ raising of the girl. The miracle became famous, after the fact.

Scorn and disbelief are the enemies of Real Faith. Faith are the acts you commit, in anticipation of what you do not see. Faith and disbelief cannot coexist in harmony.

Jesus’ told Jairus, multiple times, to believe. He did not rebuke his fear and grief. Faith is not the absence of hurt or concern, but is the presence of hope in God.

You can cling to faith, despite your circumstances. It is easy to understand a grieving father’s fears and doubts. I doubt your situation is easy or without issue. Regardless, you must put out your disbelief before your faith can work.

There’s a famous miracle in your future. If you’re willing to put out your disbelief. There’s the door of your heart. Who’s leaving?

Think: Disbelief and faith cannot coexist in your heart. One of them must leave.

Pray: “Lord, help my belief and faith in what You will do in my life.”

Copyright © March 2010, Kirk Hunt