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Just a Minute

Just a Minute is a collection of brief but meaningful meditations on Scripture. BJU Press has published a book by the same name with 96 of these devotional articles. Each chapter focuses on a Scripture verse or two, blending key facts about context with meditations on the truth of the passage. Find out how taking just a minute each day can change your life!
If you are interested, you can purchase Just A Minute, containing the first 96 printed articles.

The Shield - Just A Minute #151

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (Genesis 15:1) . . . The LORD is my strength and my shield. (Psalm 28:7)

God does not hand out shields to His children nor distribute them as prizes to favorite servants. He never offers any kind of visual or physical device to guard us from Satan or adverse circumstances. His plan for our safety and well being is much more personal, and infinitely more reliable.

He wants to BE our shield.

That is so radically different than what we often believe.

Read more: The Shield - Just A Minute #151

The Spouse Chooser - Just A Minute #150

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought he unto the man . . . (Genesis 2:22)
Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter . . . then will I do the part of the kinsman to thee, as the lord liveth. (Boaz, in Ruth 3:10, 13)

It was no ordinary man God chose to be king David's ancestor.

He was rich. He was powerful. He was respected.

But more importantly, Boaz was godly.

Read more: The Spouse Chooser - Just A Minute #150

No - Just A Minute #149

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. (Acts 16:6-7)

"I don't want you to go there", the Holy Spirit said to Paul and his companions.

It may have come to them as a complete surprise since God's unmistakeable blessing had been on their journeys so far. Everywhere they had gone the churches had been strengthened and people had been saved daily. As far as we know, the Lord had prospered every choice they had made up to this point.

But on this day the Holy Spirit had said NO.

Read more: No - Just A Minute #149

Remember - Just A Minute #148

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; (1 Chronicles 16:12)

Guess who in the Bible is first said to remember something.

God! He remembered Noah who was floating on the flood. Obviously, the verb needs a slightly modified definition when applied to Him, since we can hardly say that He ever forgot anything.

But this subject is a fascinating one. Have you ever stopped to ponder the reality of memory?

Read more: Remember - Just A Minute #148

The Rock - Just A Minute #147

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky
He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
When is the last time you recognized God as the Rock of your life?
Maybe it's been a while.