Praise God for Humor

Karen Hoffman

READ : Numbers 22:21-35   In my Cruden’s Concordance (a very helpful reference) there are 37 entries for some form of the word laugh, 58 entries for joy or joyous, and 24 entries for happy or happiness. Christians should be the most joyous people on earth, and I believe that laughter and humor are gifts from God. I know that the Scripture we read today is a serious story of disobedience and the sovereignty of God over men and governments. …

Misused Gifts

Karen Hoffman

READ : Genesis 4:19-26   There’s a joke about a man who bought his mother an expensive talking parrot for her birthday. When he asked her later if she was enjoying her gift, she replied, “Oh, the bird tasted delicious.” How often God must feel the disappointment of that son when He sees the gifts He gives us dreadfully misused. In the verses for today, we see many misuses of God’s gifts. God created man and woman as complements to …

His Presence in Trouble

Karen Hoffman

READ : Daniel 3:4-29   What do Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego have in common with my 12 year old nephew, and what do they all have in common with the patients I care for in the cancer unit? Last summer, my nephew collided with another cyclist while riding his bicycle, fractured his skull. He spent two nights in intensive care, but, thanks to God, is completely recovered. But there are some other details. At the time of the accident, it …

My Future In God’s Hands

Karen Hoffman

READ : Deuteronomy 18:9-20, 2 Timothy 1:12   These meditations are a medley of things for which I am thankful. One thing I am thankful for as I grow older is the fact that the future is hidden from us. “Many things about tomorrow, I don’t know or understand, But I know who holds the future, and I know who holds my hand,” are the words of a well-loved hymn. Timothy felt the same way when he talked about entrusting …

Praise God for Music

Karen Hoffman

READ : Job 38:1-18   Sociologists and anthropologists have hypotheses as to how primitive man created music. Some think that music originated as “an imitation of bird calls, rhythms demanded by work, or for lulling an infant” (Encyclopedia Britannica). Britannica does concede that primitive music involved an effort to try to connect with the supernatural. As Christians, we know how music originated-God created music! During the most difficult time in my life, I found comfort in the book of Job. …

God Speaks Softly

Karen Hoffman

READ : 1 Kings 19:7-18   How do you see God? In the verses we just read, God reveals Himself to Elijah by speaking in a “still small voice.” In the previous chapter is the story of the confrontation on Carmel-Baal’s 450 prophets versus Elijah, the prophet of the one true God. God revealed His power through fire that consumed the sacrifice. But 40 days later, when God appears to Elijah, He was not in the wind or earthquake or …