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Job 36:22-24

December 3

Behold, God is exalted by His power; who teaches like Him? Who has assigned Him His way, or who has said, ‘You have done wrong?’ Remember to magnify His work, of which men have sung.

When we consider only the things that we know, our expertise limits our expectations. We fail to account for a sovereign God Who knows all things.

He understands things that we have not even considered. Not only does He know about our current needs, He was aware of them before we even knew they existed. When we bring our request to Him, He already knows how He will solve it.

Yet, we often argue His answer. We tell Him how to figure out what He has already solved. If His response does not look like we expected, we accuse Him of doing wrong. Wouldn’t it be wiser to trust in a God Who can accomplish much more than our expertise leads us to expect?

If we had relied on our expertise, Mary would not have experienced a virgin birth. Jesus would have never fed 5000 with a few fish and loaves. Lazarus would have remained in a tomb. The way of the Cross would not have led to redemption. Death would not have given way to victorious, overcoming life.

In our expert opinion, none of that makes sense! None of that should have happened. But God specializes in the unexpected, and we can trust in His right way.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Trust in Jesus. Do not lean on your own expertise. Believe in His better way!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 11:1-34

New Testament 

1 John 3:7-24

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 122:1-9

Proverbs 29:1

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Psalm 27:14

December 2

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!

We can expect the unexpected when we have put our faith in the Lord. But do not expect His reply on our timetable!

We often bring our petitions to the Lord and expect Him to answer by the close of business today. We place time restrictions on God and grow impatient with Him when He does not respond to our demands.

As we expect the unexpected, we must remember that His thoughts and ways are much higher than ours – beyond our understanding and explanation. Abraham waited 25 years for the son that God promised him. Sarah was 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac – that was unexpected!

Moses was 80 years old when God sent him back to Egypt to lead the children of Israel out of slavery. He considered himself a failure, but God had the unexpected in mind!

When we trust God’s timing, He will part the waters, move the mountains, and make a way through the wilderness of impossibility. In the fullness of His time – when we are led by His Word and His Spirit – He will orchestrate every detail for the right-on-time arrival of our blessing.

Our responsibility is to trust His timing and wisdom in the waiting. He will keep us in perfect peace when we focus on Him. In His good time, we can expect the unexpected!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. God’s delay is not His denial! He will steady and strengthen you while you wait for His reply.

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 9:1-10:21

New Testament 

1 John 2:18-3:6

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 121:1-8

Proverbs 28:27-28

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Psalm 145:7

December 1

They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.

Our expectations are not just built on faith. The things for which we hope and believe are influenced by how people have acted in the past.

Our expectations are determined by what others have done. People may have failed to fulfill our hopes, discouraged us, and let us down. There is One, though, Who never disappoints those who put their trust in Him.

Consider the powerful gift God gave us through His Son. God clothed Jesus in our unrighteousness, so we might wear robes of royalty. Christ went to the grave where we were supposed to lie to give us everlasting life instead.

He rose again – victorious over death, hell, and the grave – so we could be more than conquerors. He emptied Himself, so we might be filled with His splendor.

He made amends with God and paid the price, so we could boldly approach the throne of our Father. When we raise our voices, God no longer hears the sinners of old; He hears the children of God who have been set free by the blood of Jesus Christ!

This same God Who loved us so much that He sent His cherished Son is the same One Who watches over us today. His past goodness proves that we can still expect the unexpected – above what we can even ask or imagine!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Give thanks to Jesus for dying your death, so you could receive His abundant life. He has redeemed you to be His very own.

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 8:1-27

New Testament 

1 John 2:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 120:1-7

Proverbs 28:25-26

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Galatians 4:4

November 30

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son…

Our expectations can be hampered by the depth of the relationship that we share with a person. The less we know, the fewer our expectations.

When we meet a stranger, we have little to no expectations since we have no shared history on which to build. When we know someone well, though, we develop expectations based on our familiarity with his character and behavior. If he meets our expectations, we are pleased. If not, we are disappointed.

God wants to know us so well that He sent His own Son to us. No greater gift could ever be given to forge a relationship! He did not extend a mere token; He sent us the most precious thing He had.

No matter what presents we have received in our lifetimes, none compare to the gift of God’s only begotten Son. If He is the only gift that ever comes our way, He is more than we asked for, more than we deserve, and more than we will ever need.

He gave His Best to know us more. Once we profess Jesus as Savior, we get to know Him as a Person. The more we study His Word and pursue Him in prayer and fellowship, the more familiar we become with His promises. As our familiarity and faith grow – the more we know – we begin to expect the unexpected.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be firmly fixed in God’s love and filled up with the glorious richness of the Lord!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament
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Isaiah 55:9

November 29

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Have you ever considered how influential our expectations are in our outcomes? If we do not expect good things to happen, they usually will not.

Often our expectations serve as limitations on what God can accomplish in our lives. We pray for the things that we desire in the ways that we determine they should happen under a deadline that we establish. But God’s Word tells us that He has greater things in mind than we can even imagine, that His plans are much better than ours, and that His timing is impeccable.

We often expect our blessing to look a certain way and be delivered on a certain date. If we stubbornly refuse to let go of our too-small expectations, we will limit the God Who wants to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we could think or ask (Ephesians 3:20-21).

We sell ourselves short! God has promised that our eyes have never seen, our ears have never heard, our minds cannot even imagine the wonderful things that He has in store for us (I Corinthians 2:9). Why would we settle for less?

Let’s make up our minds to expect the unexpected! Let’s wait for His answers with excited anticipation. Believe for the impossible. Hang on for a miracle. Let go of the limitations. God never disappoints.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Learn to expect the power and purity of His promises. May you open your heart to receive His unexpected gifts!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 6:1-28

New Testament 

2 Peter 3:1-18

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:132-155

Proverbs 28:21-22

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Psalm 35:9

November 28

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; it shall rejoice in His salvation.

One memorial stone stands above all others in the Christian faith, and that is the mount of Golgotha called the Place of the Skull.

There, the spotless Lamb of God hung and bled and died so that He might bring us into right relationship with our Father. On that hill, He paid the price that we have no means to pay. If He had not taken our place, God would not receive our thanksgiving. We would forever be separated from Him.

But because Jesus chose Calvary, the voiceless can now magnify His name and enter boldly into His throne room. No longer are we orphans and alone, wandering this earth without haven or home.]

Give thanks that we have been redeemed. Through the shed blood of Christ, every crimson stain has been washed whiter than snow. We now live and move and find our very existence in Him.

Praise Him for the skills and strength to do the work that He has given us each day. Rejoice that He has blessed us with divine wisdom when we did not know what to do. For joy in place of sorrow, for peace instead of anxiety, for strength instead of weakness – raise a hallelujah!

Heavenly Father, You are the giver of every good gift! We thank You for the perfect gift of Your Son, and we rejoice in our salvation!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. With a heart of thanksgiving and a mouth filled with praise, bless the Lord! Magnify His name!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 5:1-31

New Testament 

2 Peter 2:1-22

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:113-131

Proverbs 28:19-20

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Psalm 106:1

November 27

Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

When we choose thankfulness in the middle of the trial, the power and presence of God breaks through to bring us victory.

Every week, Hagee Ministries receives messages from individuals who partner with us or who need prayer for difficult situations. One particular letter came from a mother to ask for prayer for her daughter, Jesse.

Jesse was a healthy, happy teenager who joined her youth group for a much-anticipated ski trip. While hurtling down a hill, she had a terrible accident that broke her neck and several vertebrae and left her with a life-threatening head injury.

The first letter begged, “Please pray that my daughter doesn’t die.” And we did.

For several weeks, Jesse teetered between life and death, bedridden and without much hope.

Every week, Jesse’s mom sent an update: “I’m thankful that my daughter is still alive. I’m thankful that doctors are still giving me hope.”

Six weeks later, she reported: “I’m thankful that my daughter has blinked her eyes.”

Five months later, she revealed: “I’m thankful that she moved her hand.”

Ten months later, she rejoiced: “I’m thankful that she has wiggled her toes.”

After fourteen months in the hospital, Jesse’s mother sent a jubilant note: “I am thankful that my daughter is walking out of the hospital!”

Give God glory! Every day is a gift from our Father. Our praise will break through to victory!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Give thanks to the God of the impossible Who does all things well!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 4:1-37

New Testament 

2 Peter 1:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:96-112

Proverbs 28:17-18

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Psalm 143:5

November 26

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

One hundred and fifty years before the Constitution was signed, our forefathers landed on Plymouth Rock – a memorial stone for America.

Before they disembarked, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, a document whose fundamental principles of self-government and common consent laid the groundwork for democratic government in America.

Under the leadership of William Bradford, about one hundred Pilgrims came ashore hoping to establish a settlement “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” On Christmas morning, they assembled their first work crew and began to construct their colony.

The winter of 1620 proved extremely harsh, and 47 members of the original group perished due to sickness and starvation. In March 1621, when a Native American named Squanto visited the village, he found the Pilgrims desperate for help.

Squanto taught the colonists how to build homes to survive the North Atlantic weather. He instructed them on when to plant, how to fertilize with fish, and the prime months to harvest. He also brokered a peace treaty with the Wampanoags, a local Indian tribe, that stood firm for five decades.

The Pilgrims experienced such abundance under Squanto’s tutelage that, in one journal entry, Bradford described him as “a special instrument of God for their good beyond their expectation.” God’s gifts often come in unexpected packages!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God’s light continue to shine across this great land. May America forever exist by and for the glory of God!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament 

Daniel 2:24-3:30

New Testament 

1 Peter 4:7-5:14

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:81-95

Proverbs 28:15-16

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Deuteronomy 31:8

November 25

And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.

Squanto, whose proper name was Tisquantum, was a member of the Patuxet tribe that lived near Plymouth, Massachusetts at the time the Pilgrims began to build a colony there.

Much of Squanto’s life is cloaked in mystery, but we do know that he traded with trappers and spent considerable time in England, making several transatlantic expeditions with Captains John Smith and Thomas Hunt. He was educated abroad and spoke English fluently. Some scholars believe that he developed a deep faith in God when Spanish friars took him under their care.

The Lord orchestrated the events of his life that led him to the small struggling village the Pilgrims called home in 1621. Squanto’s many experiences and skills caused William Bradford, the leader of the Pilgrims, to call him “a special instrument of God.”

He became their interpreter, translator, educator, and guide. Squanto taught them the tools that they needed to escape certain death the following winter.

For all of us, the Lord is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He knew the needs of today. His grace has brought us this far. Right now, He is going ahead into tomorrow to move the mountains and make the crooked ways straight.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Give thanks to your omnipresent Father Who has protected you in the past, is watching over you today, and is making a way in your tomorrow. Praise the Lord!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Daniel 1:1-2:23

New Testament 

1 Peter 3:10-4:6

Psalms & Proverbs 

Psalm 119:71-80

Proverbs 28:14

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