Father-God’s Will

Father-God’s Will By Kirk Hunt

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

Matthew 10: 29 NKJV

Poppa made me get in the truck and go to work with him.  Did I appreciate learning a trade and work ethic?  Not at the time.  In retrospect, I am thankful Poppa compelled me.  Consider now the Father’s will.

We confuse God’s best path for us with pleasant things and placid events.  We act as if we think God only loves us when we lounge on flowery beds of ease and comfort.  Instead, He loves us most when He allows us to reach our limits in desperation and distress.  It is in the place of our extremes that we can best hear and respond to His voice.

He is omniscient.  He sees all of our situation, no matter where we are.  He is omnipotent.  No matter how far we are past our limits, He is well within His power.  He is omnipresent.  You cannot go where He is not or even get there before Him.

No matter how hard and difficult your circumstances, God is right there with you.  He is caring for you, despite your pain.  His strength carries you no matter how weak you feel.  His grace comforts you, no matter how many tears you cry.

The skills Poppa taught me have carried through my life.  I still do not completely understand all of God’s will for my life.  All I know is that I worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31).

Think:        One day I will understand God’s will for my life.  Until then I will be obedient.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to follow Your will for my life, regardless of how I feel now.”

 

Copyright © July 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Poppa’s Hands

Poppa’s Hands By Kirk Hunt

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.   My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

John 10:28–29 NKJV

The scene plays in my mind with thoughts of peace, safety and golden warmth.  I was 4, maybe 5 years old.  I sat on the front pew of Prayer Temple (now Nash Temple) and examined Poppa’s hands with rapt fascination.  To my innocent young eyes his hands seemed without limit and without equal.  50 years later, my opinion is better informed, but no less convinced.

Even then his hands were scarred and rough from years of hard labor.  His hands were strong from pulling electrical cable or cutting wires.  In later years I would watch him switch seamlessly from casual displays of raw strength to deft demonstrations of control and finesse. 

Despite how gnarled and unattractive they appeared, Poppa’s hands were a blessing of rare quality and strength.  Poppa ministered to, provided for and gave protection to his family and anyone who sought his help.  His hands were instruments of deliverance and provision.

Consider now the hands of Father-God.  God’s hands are omnipresent, omnipotent, guided by his omniscience and motivated by His bottomless love for you.  His hands are a place of peace, safety and warmth for every soul that will seek Him.  And even for some souls who flee Him.

I sit in Father-God’s hands.  It is a place of peace safety and golden warmth.  With each passing day, my opinion is better informed and more convinced of His love and provision for me.

 

Think:        The best place to be is in the hands of Father-God. 

Pray:           “Lord, guide me every day with Your loving hands.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Living On The Rock

Living On The Rock by Kirk Hunt

 

And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;   The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.   I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:2–4 KJV

For the first time, in years, there was no morning war council.  The scouts and surveillance agents had nothing to report.  Peace and quiet held sway over the kingdom.

 

How would you react?  David had spent many years, one step in front of various hangmen.  David’s enemies were not just Philistines, or King Saul and his family.  His own son, Absalom, had attempted to kill him.

 

The sudden absence of pursuers pulled a response out of David.  In gratitude and praise, he wrote a song to his God.  Given a chance to celebrate peace and security, David worshipped.

 

No matter the hardships of your life, you can rest easy.  God has protected you up until now.  The spiritual bedrock of God is your security and safety.   Today and tomorrow, He will save you from enemies foreign and domestic.

 

Think:                        No matter what is going on, God is the rock I live on.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to remember to live on the Rock of You.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2012, Kirk Hunt

Live Secure

“Live Secure” by Kirk Hunt

 

Though he [God] slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job13:15 (NIV)

 

Job’s painful sores and boils did not trigger his anger. Grief over his dead children did not provoke Job’s outburst. Job’s explosion in the 13th chapter is a reaction to an accusation. Job’s “friends” accused him of secret, deliberate sin.

 

Despite all of Job’s pain and losses, the slander hurt Job most. Job responded in anger and indignation against the idea he willfully sinned against God. Secure in his life and relationship with God, Job made one of the boldest statements in Scripture.

 

Job’s faith in God, even at this incredible low spot in his life, had not been shaken. Job could not see the rhyme or reason of his circumstances, but he would continue to trust God. Even if that meant facing his own death. Even if he had to account for himself before God’s judgment seat.

 

Job lived secure. Secure in his faith. Secure in his life.

 

How secure are you? Are you certain of your faith? Is your lifestyle above reproach?

 

Can you shake off accusations and indictments? Are you willing to face God’s judgment here and now? If not, it is time to fortify your life and soul.

 

Think: Integrity leads to security in your own life and before God.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to seek Your holiness and live securely in You.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt

Your Keeper

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“Your Keeper” by Kirk Hunt


My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Psalms 121: 2-3 (KJV)


From time to time, I wake up in the small hours of the morning. In those restless, sleepless moments He is there. God has me surrounded with His love and power, even at 3:30 AM.


He is constant and steadfast in His vigil over my life and soul. While the rest of the world slumbers blissfully, God is focused on me. Most of all, He is keeping me.


I need a powerful, resource-rich authority to be responsible for me. I need the protection. I need the care and concern.


The creator of the universe is interested in my well-being. He is involved in every aspect and detail of my life. Nothing limits His authority, or power, in my life and safety.


God is your keeper as well. Every resource and authority is His. His is concerned for your well-being.


3:30 AM is not a choice time for me to be awake. For an infinite, omnipotent God, it is just as good a time as any other. Knowing that lets we rest in the loving arms of my keeper.


Think: God is my keeper, therefore I in safety and security.


Pray: “Lord, help me to remember that I dwell in Your care and concern.”



Copyright © October 2010, Kirk Hunt