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Series: Luis Palau | God in the Ordinary

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis opens our eyes so we can see God clearly in the everyday, often chaotic, parts of life. As you listen, you’ll be refreshed by the realization that Jesus is present every moment; He’s not only at church on Sunday.

More than Enough Friday, July 24, 2020

When you think of a Bible story, what scene comes to mind first? Is it young David picking up stones to kill Goliath? Or, maybe Noah building his ark? Or, Jesus feeding the 5,000? These stories are familiar if you’ve grown up in Sunday School or if you’ve attended church for some time. Today, I want to look at one of those stories: the feeding of the five thousand.

When Jesus’ disciples came to Him and told Him that the crowd was hungry, Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” The disciples protested, saying, “but we don’t have enough.” Jesus then took the five loaves of bread and two fish that they did have and He blessed it and used it to feed the entire crowd. There were even leftovers! Notice this: sometimes when God calls his people, they feel ill-equipped. “But God, I don’t have enough” we say. Friends, God isn’t asking us for more than what we have. He’s asking that we trust Him to multiply our efforts. We don’t have to have “enough.” We need only to trust that He will provide. He’ll make a way.

As we act in faith, our perceived inadequacies or shortcomings will not hinder God from reaching people. He’s bigger than that. He’s bigger than us. Just as He multiplied the five loaves and two fish, He will multiply our efforts to reach people with His Good News.

This is Andrew Palau.

Always Good Thursday, July 23, 2020

In this life there will be great trouble and pain. But God is not the author of evil. God is only and always good. I love the old hymn, “What God Ordains is Always Good.” I’ll share some of the verses with you.
      “What God ordains is always good; His will is just and holy.
As He directs my life for me, I follow meek and lowly.
My God indeed, in ev’ry need, knows well how He will shield me;
To Him, then, I will yield me.
      What God ordains is always good; He never will deceive me.
He leads me in His righteous way and never will He leave me.
I take content what He has sent; His hand that sends me sadness, will turn my tears to gladness.
      What God ordains is always good; this truth remains unshaken.
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine, I shall not be forsaken.
I fear no harm, for with His arm He will embrace and shield me;
So to my God I yield me.”

I hope this hymn encourages you today. I love the words because they acknowledge that life is hard. That sorrow and death do come, but God is still good through it all. And we must yield ourselves to Him because He promises never “to leave or forsake us”. What a testimony to a watching world to boldly proclaim that God is always good, so we can trust in His goodness through life’s storms. What a God we serve!

This is Luis Palau.

Faithful Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The definition of faithful is “loyal, constant, steadfast.” To remain faithful is sadly rare in today’s world. To spend an entire life steadfastly devoted, constant, loyal… these are not qualities that are celebrated as much today. How many marriages end too soon? How many people walk away from their faith? People can be fickle. It is only by God’s power and strength that we can remain faithful to God and the people we love. Left to our own devices, every last one of us would make a mess of things.
And you know, I love to read in the Scriptures about how God remains steadfast and faithful. Even as His people constantly grumble. And run after other gods. And even question the faith. God is not moved. In 2 Timothy we are told, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”
Praise the Lord for His faithfulness! You may feel faithless today. You may have doubts or questions. Bring those to the Lord. Say, “Lord I believe. Help my unbelief.” He can restore your faith. He will strengthen you. He will remain faithful. Isn’t that glorious good news? Who can you share it with today?
This is Luis Palau.

The Ordinary Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A well-known pastor says this about our everyday life, “To taste the sweetness of ordinary joys, we learn to enter each day with a conviction about the givenness of all things…. We’ve been given a place to be, some things to do, a need for sustenance, and a people to share this with. God originates these gifts. … At some point, we all have to come to terms with the spiritual truth that true joy is found in God…”
And you know, that is so true. Our true joy comes from God Himself. I see God working in extraordinary ways in cities throughout the world. But you know, I want to encourage you that God is just as present and active in the seemingly ordinary aspects of life – your life. You may not witness a major revival, but you can see your neighbors come to Christ. You can raise your children in the faith. You can make a difference in the lives of others for eternity. St. Paul writes in Philippians, “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” God is working in you and through you, when you share the Good News about Jesus.
Talk to God right now. Ask Him to work through you in every thing you do. You’ll be amazed how joy-filled ordinary life can be when it’s lived in relationship with our extraordinary God.
This is Luis Palau.

God Hides Himself Monday, July 20, 2020

Someone wrote, “we pray in the Lord’s Prayer that God give us our daily bread, which he does. He does so, not directly as when he gave manna to the Israelites, but through the work of farmers and bakers-and we might add truck drivers and retailers… Similarly, God heals the sick. While he can and sometimes does do so directly, in the normal course of things he works through doctors, nurses, and other medical experts. God protects us from evil, with the vocation of the police officer. God teaches through teachers, orders society through governments, proclaims the Gospel through pastors. God… hides himself in the ordinary social functions and stations of life, even the most humble.”

Wow! What an encouragement to all the Christians who thought God only valued the work of people in full-time ministry. Your work matters to God. God will hide Himself in you as you love and serve those in your world. You will be amazed how He works through you to draw others to Himself. But you must speak the Good News.

St. Paul writes in Ephesians, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ask God to work through you today. He will do it and lives will be blessed.

This is Luis Palau.

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