(Reminder: I’m doing an A to Z devotional blog.)
Quail is mentioned four times in the Old Testament. My favorite is found in Exodus 16:13. As the Israelites journeyed through the wilderness for more than 40 years, God provided food for them by supplying manna from heaven.
It was a white, thin flake—a honey wafer. Pretty cool . . . at first. But four decades of it? To say the Israelites were tired of it is an understatement! I mean, there’s only so much you can do with manna, right? Manna-wiches, mannicoti, bamanna bread. God heard their frustration and dropped quail into their laps by the boatload.
But it wasn’t long before quail got old as well. We’re a fickle people, aren’t we?
Anyone remember Quisp cereal? Quaker Oats debuted it in 1965 and it remained on the market until the late 70s. I loved Quisp! But unfortunately, it’s not in the Bible. But good news: You can get it through Amazon. Yahoo!
The word Quickly appears 21 times in the Old Testament and 17 times in the New Testament. Jesus desires that we respond quickly to Him. When He saw Zacchaeus in the top of a sycamore, His words to the tree-climber were, “Zacchaeus! Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.(Luke 19:5 NLT) He wanted Zach to respond quickly to His invitation.
And when Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, His call was immediate: “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43 NKJV)
Have you noticed there’s a spiritual urgency in following Christ? Not a “hurry up and move faster” urgency, but an urgency to quickly get our spiritual act together. The apostle Paul understood this urgency. Check out his plea:
in 2 Corinthians 6:2:
“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
The Old Testament prophet Joel also pressed the urgency to quickly commit to Christ:
“That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time.’ ”(Joel 2:12 LB)
Right now would a great time to ask the Lord if there’s anything in your life you need to take care of spiritually. If He brings something to your attention, respond quickly.
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I spoke all last week at the East TN District camp-meeting. God blessed our services. This Sunday I’ll be filling in for the pastor of the Nazarene Church in Harrah, OK. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than opening God’s Word to a group of people.
May I ask you to continue to pray for me? I’m still in the recovery process from the spiral break of my femur. My good leg has developed a 5-inch knot that I’ll have an MRI on this Wednesday. My right shoulder has also been in a lot of pain—we’re thinking I may have damaged it in the fall, but we’ve been concentrating so much on my leg, we’ve put the shoulder on the back burner. I hope to get an MRI on it soon as well.
God is soooo faithful, isn’t He! I’m grateful that He walks WITH me through each step of this journey.