God’s not done with you YouVersion Devotional

Day 10 | Broken Pieces Build Big Platforms
In Acts 2, Peter is in an upper room praying with about 120 people, and the Bible says that there came a sound like a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting, and there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each one of them, and they all began to speak in another tongue as the Spirit of God gave them utterance.” 

When they started speaking in this heavenly unknown language, they started spilling out into the streets, looking absolutely crazy, so crazy that people were saying things like, “Bro, look at these people. It’s like they’re drunk. It’s like they’ve been sipping on a little somethin’. What did they have in that upper room? An open bar?” Then the Bible tells us that Peter “stands up among the eleven and says, ‘They’re not drunk as ye suppose. It’s only the third hour of the day, but what you are hearing is from God.’” He goes on to preach the message upon which the New Testament church was built. Here we see the culmination of God’s grace in the life of Peter. The man that was scared to confess his association with Jesus in front of a few strangers is now standing up in front of potentially thousands of people from all over the known world, declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The place of Peter’s greatest weakness became the place where God revealed his own glory. You don’t have to hide your broken pieces because it is with the broken pieces of our lives that God constructs his biggest platforms from which he displays his glory. God is not done with you. Regardless of what you’ve walked through, how many mistakes you’ve made, or who has counted you out, God is not done with you!

NAME OF NAMES

September 21 | Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 13

God exalted [Jesus] to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.

Philippians 2:9

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The name of Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) is legendary in the world of music. His violins, cellos, and violas are so treasured for their craftsmanship and clarity of sound that many have been given their own names. One of them, for instance, is known as the Messiah-Salabue Stradivarius. After violinist Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) played it, he wrote, “The sound of the Strad, that unique ‘Messie,’ turns up again and again in my memory, with its combined sweetness and grandeur.”

Even the name and sound of a Stradivarius, however, doesn’t deserve to be compared to the work of a far greater Source. From Moses to Jesus, the God of gods introduces Himself with a name above all names. For our sake, He wants the wisdom and work of His own hand to be recognized, valued, and celebrated with the sound of music (Exodus 6:1; 15:1-2).

Yet this deliverance of strength in response to the groans of a troubled people was only a beginning. Who could have foreseen that, by the weakness of crucified hands, He would one day leave a legacy of eternal and infinite value? Could anyone have predicted the resulting wonder and grandeur of music sung in praise of the name of One who died—bearing the insult of our sin and rejection—to show how much He loves us?

By Mart DeHaan

REFLECT & PRAY

Father in heaven, please do something in and through us today that helps others see that we owe everything to You.

In what ways can you see the hand of a Master patiently shaping your life to put His name on you? What is He doing today to remind you that you’re His child?

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT

As God had instructed, Moses asked Pharaoh for some time off to sacrifice to God (Exodus 5:1). Pharaoh responded by worsening the Hebrews’ workload (vv. 2-9). The Hebrews directed their anger over this injustice at Moses and Aaron (vv. 19-21). Moses, in turn, questioned God: “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?” (v. 22). God responded, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh” (6:1). He also reminded Moses that while He didn’t reveal His Name to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, He did share it with him (3:13-15).

To learn more about the time of Moses in Egypt visit christianuniversity.org/OT216-02. Tim Gustafson

 

Open Hands and Hearts Ready to Surrender

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Laura Story, author of I Give Up
Hi OBS Friends,
Many of you know me as a singer-songwriter, but I’m also a worship leader by vocation. Worship leaders have a unique perspective in corporate worship: we don’t see ourselves; we see you. We see God’s people offering to Him their worship, hundreds, sometimes thousands of you at a time.

From that perspective, I can tell you something with 100 percent certainty: I’ve never seen anyone worship with clenched fists. It just doesn’t happen. No one raises their fists to God to offer Him praise and honor and glory.

What I do see, and often, is a sea of open hands raised toward Heaven. Arms up. Palms out. Fingers extended. Holding on to nothing.

My prayer for myself— and for you— is that we would peel our fingers back from whatever it is we’re clutching and release it to God. Even if it’s our own brokenness. May the posture of our hearts be surrender to the one who is wise and strong and powerful and good and who loves us beyond reason. This is our choice— and our true worship.

My new book and study, I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life, is for anyone who wants to discover the peace and joy that can be found in living a surrendered life… a freer life of true surrender as you open your hands to God. And give up.

Join me in the five-week online Bible study for I Give Up getting started October 7 with the communities at FaithGateway and Study Gateway.

Let’s journey together and learn to let go…
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Is complete, open- handed surrender still the secret to a blessed life? Is it still the door that opens into God’s presence, where the Psalmist insisted there is “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11)? I believe it is. Not just in the losses but even in the victories, surrender is the secret to a life of joy. ~ Laura Story

About the Teacher

Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, bestselling author and Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter known for such hits as “Blessings,” “Indescribable,” and “Mighty to Save” .“Blessings” was certified gold in 2011 and inspired her first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops.

Laura’s music and writing show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life and serve as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, He is the ultimate author of our story, as told in her second book, When God Doesn’t Fix It.  She has a master’s degree in theological studies and a doctorate degree in worship studies. 

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