Sunday Devotional: Lamentations 3:24-25

““The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.”  (Lamentations 3:24-25)

Patience is something that I have needed a lot of work on.  I have gotten better at patience but I still need a ways to go before I can say I’m a patient person.  This week was a real struggle for me.  I felt hurt and depression down to my soul.  God led me to these verses as a reminder.

The prophet Jeremiah knew all about hurt and suffering.  He endured a lot as a prophet serving the Lord.  Yet even in his laments, he still had this hope.  “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.”  God is enough, even in those painful times when hope seems lost.  We are able to find our hope in Him.

Waiting is so hard.  But when we are waiting for Him, He is there.  He helps us to endure.  He helps us to persevere and overcome.  We are able to do this because of His working inside of us.

This week, let us find our hope in Him.  Let us cling to the truth that God is there for us when we wait for Him.  And even though the waiting is excruciatingly tough, He loves us so and is there to comfort us.  Let us rejoice in Him.  Because when we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him.

Thursday Quote Day: Matthew Henry

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from minister and author Matthew Henry:

“When I cannot feel the faith of assurance, I live by the fact of God’s faithfulness.” (Matthew Henry)

Thoughts on the Retirement of Matt Hasselbeck

This week has seen a lot of retirements in the NFL.  Some that were pretty big names like Peyton Manning and Calvin Johnson.  But the announcement of the retirement of Matt Hasselbeck probably won’t get as much attention but is one that resonates with me.

Matt Hasselbeck

Flash back to the fall of 2005.  I had moved to Seattle in January of that year and had made it my home.  I had the opportunity to go to the Sunday Night game that season against the Houston Texans.  That was the first time I got to watch Hasselbeck play in person (and first time to see a Seahawks game in person).  That was one of the coolest experiences I have had at a sporting event and I still remember how loud it was when the Seahawks scored over and over again.  I fell in love with that team and that is why I still root for them to this day.  I also became a huge Hasselbeck fan.  He led the team that season to their first Super Bowl appearance (and I contend to this day that they should’ve won that Super Bowl if the refs hadn’t blown several big calls).  He was one of my favorite QBs and always enjoyed watching him play.

After he left Seattle, I was happy when he landed in Tennessee and played several seasons with the Titans.  And although he ended up finishing his career with division rival Indianapolis, I still rooted for him personally.

As great a player as he was, he was just as great if not more as a person.  He is a strong believer and follower of Jesus and lives out his faith in a way that is a strong encouragement.  He is a great family man as well.

He has a great opportunity joining the broadcast team at ESPN.  I wish him nothing but the best and know he’ll do a great job there.  Thank you Matt for a great career.  I cherish my Seahawks Hasselbeck jersey that is in my closet and still break it out sometimes for big time Seahawks games.  May God continue to bless you and your family and thank you for the wonderful memories that Seahawks fans will cherish for a long time.

Sunday Devotional: Luke 13:18-21

He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?  It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”  (Luke 13:18-21)

Jesus loved to share little stories with his disciples.  These stories carried a lot of meaning in them and used them as teaching tools.  These verses here share another example of Jesus teaching the disciples through parables.

The two stories talk about the kingdom of God, a topic that Jesus taught regularly about to the disciples.  Both of these short stories compare the kingdom of God to something that starts small and grows big.  The first is a mustard seed which is one of the tiniest seeds that there is.  But it can grow out of that seed into a large tree.  The second story talks about leaven (which is used in baking bread) and how a little leaven makes the dough rise.

God at work in us starts small but has a tremendous impact.  As we follow Him and grow in our faith, we are able to be used for His kingdom and for His glory.  There is the phrase “A little goes a long way”.  When it comes to God, He can take a little and make much out of it.  This week, let us be faithful in doing our part and seeing our faith and our work grow for His kingdom and His glory