Archives for October 2015

Promoted By God

23  Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. … 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Genesis 40:23; 41:40

 

At times in our lives, we experience some cold, hard winters. Things don’t look so good, and we are not sure what the next year, the next month, the next week, or even the next day is going to bring. We wait for the things we are believing in, the things we have faith in, to come just as promised by God.

Those who are dedicated gardeners will soon be getting their seed catalogs for next spring. As they look through the pages of pictures of flowering plants and colorful vegetables, they place their hopes during the cold of winter in those packages of seeds that they will plant in the spring. Their trust is in the quality of those seeds to produce the same flowers and vegetables that they see in the pictures. The seeds are planted, and watered and watched, all in the hope that one day, without announcement, a small green plant pops through the soil and grows into the “promises” shown in those catalogs.

Joseph was doing what he believed was the right thing to do. He was true to God. He believed in all of those seeds of God’s promises that had been planted in his life. Yet, he was thrown into a pit by his own brothers, sold into slavery, imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, and forgotten. But Joseph never stopped believing in those seeds of God’s promises.

Then, all of sudden, Joseph is called into the presence of Pharaoh. There was a dream to interpret, and God came through again. Without planning, without announcement, Joseph finds himself thrust into the number two position in all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Spring had finally come! All of those seeds of God’s promises that were planted into Joseph’s spirit suddenly grew into what God had planned for Joseph from before he was born.

We don’t know what the next day will bring. God won’t usually announce what great thing He is going to do next in our lives. The promotion God has coming for us will come when God’s timing is right.

So we must not forget about all of those seeds planted in us by God’s Word. They may still just be “in the ground” waiting for “spring” to arrive. But one day, when we least expect it, that promotion we have been waiting for will come. And, like those plants that started with just a seed, but produced the corn, lettuce, beans, or whatever we planted, we will enjoy the harvest of God’s promises planted in our lives.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

October 18, 2015

Whose Banner Are You Flying?

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: 16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Exodus 17:14-16

 Israel was in another battle; this time against Amalek. Moses sent Joshua out to the battle while he stood on top of a hill. Moses still had his rod, and he lifted it up to the heavens. As long as he did that, Israel was winning. When he got tired and lowered his arms, Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms, and Israel won the battle.

To memorialize the victory, Moses built an altar. He named the altar “Jehovah-nissi” which is translated “the Lord is my banner.” This represented Moses holding up his arms as a banner. It can also be appropriately applied to Jesus Christ, who is both altar and sacrifice, and He is our priest who is lifted up as a banner, a standard, or ensign in the everlasting Gospel. It is Jesus who gathers souls unto Him, enlists them under Him to prepare for battle, and encourages them against this world’s spiritual enemies.

Standards, banners, or flags are used to represent many things. In the Queen’s palace in London, the Queen’s standard is flown to show that she is indeed in the palace. When a passer-by does not see her standard, it is known that the Queen is not in.

When someone sees or hears you, whose standard or banner are you “flying?” Can others see Jesus at “home in your heart” by the banner you lift up? Are you following Jesus into spiritual battle and showing others the way to go? The Lord must be the banner we raise that shows that we follow the one and only true God, and we are a part of His army.

One more point. Prior to 1964, Kenya was a colony of England. The British flag flew over Kenya. On December 12, 1964, the Republic of Kenya was recognized. The British flag came down, and the Kenyan flag was raised. Both flags could not fly over this new independent nation.

Similarly, we can’t raise up two different banners. We cannot raise up the Lord’s banner one day, and then the world’s banner the next. We either show one or the other. At one time or another, we all “flew” the fleshly banner of this world. But when Jesus touches our heart, that banner comes down, and His goes up!

So whose banner are you flying?

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

October 4, 2015