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“You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do” (Psalm 139:3 NLT).

From: June 21, 2019


The psalmist David wrote of his wonder at God’s constant awareness and attention towards him. He considered it wonderful that God would be so attentive to him.
Yet, not everyone wants God to see everywhere they go and know everything they do. They desire a secret life hidden from God. This desire began with Adam and Eve after they sinned. For they hid themselves in the garden not wanting God to see their sinful nakedness. But God called out to them saying, “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9). And God still calls out to those who are trying to hide from Him today.
Like David, I’m glad that God sees us when we travel. I just traveled on a mission trip to Uganda and I was thankful for God’s constant presence all along the way. He went before us, traveled with us, and even followed behind us to protect our way. He was our constant Companion.
Are you glad for God’s attention? Or are you in hiding today?
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You that You are always with us. No matter the place or the time, we rest in Your constant presence and care. Even in a foreign land, You are already there working and waiting, even as You travel with us. How wonderful You are! We love and adore You and desire even closer fellowship with You that we may know You and be known by You even more fully. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.” (Acts 13:44-45 NLT).

From: June 21, 2018

The ministry of Paul and Barnabas was marked by great results and great resistance. It was in Antioch Pisidia that Luke first began to refer to “Saul” as “Paul.” It it was also at that time that Luke began to refer to this great missionary team in reverse order, instead of “Barnabas and Saul,” he called them “Paul and Barnabas.” Paul really came into his own at Antioch Pisidia, boldly declaring the gospel and standing firm against those who opposed it. Barnabas must have been pleased to see how the trust he had put into Paul was now being proved right.
Yet, even though “almost the entire city turned out” to hear Paul and Barnabas preach the gospel, the evil one was actively present to slander and resist. Great results are often marked by great resistance. Therefore, stand firm and keep on preaching! The Lord will prevail.

“And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region” (Acts 13:49 ESV)

From: June 21, 2016

As Paul and Barnabas traveled from city to city preaching the gospel, there were those that believed and those that rejected, and even those that persecuted them. Yet, regardless of response, the Word was “spreading throughout the whole region.” This is what news does, it spreads. How much more the Good News of Christ, which is the Gospel!

“And Elisha replied, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor'” (2 Kings 2:9)

From: June 21, 2012

Elisha requested this of his spiritual father, Elijah. God granted his request. Elijah (“The LORD is God”) foreshadows John the Baptist. Elisha (“God’s salvation”) prefigures Christ (Jesus – “The LORD’s salvation”). I wonder if God still answers prayers like Elisha’s? I hope so. I’m asking.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24)

From: June 21, 2011

Today’s OYB was too awesome. Elijah caught up. Elisha gets a double portion. Paul and Barnabas preach boldly. But Ps.139 is where I landed today. “Search me, O God.”