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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.

A Whirlwind of Counsel (Just A Minute #111)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky
10/22/2010

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. (Job 38:1-3)

That sure seems like a strange way to address a man who is in intense suffering.

Usually the advice we hear for dealing with hurting people encourages tenderness and sympathy. We can all envision the hospital visitor who is loud and obnoxious or the nervous friend who doesn't quite know what to say and ends up giving poor advice, speaking nonsense, or parroting hollow clichés. Now none of this inappropriate behavior can remotely be attributed to the Wonderful Counselor. However, I do think we would all have expected God to treat Job more delicately.

But He didn't.

Read more: A Whirlwind of Counsel (Just A Minute #111)

Just A Man (Just A Minute #110)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky
09/29/2010

As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. (1 Kings 17:1)

Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (James 5:17)

If all we knew about Elijah came from the passages in 1 & 2 Kings we could easily come to some wrong conclusions. One of those would probably be that his power in prayer is way out of our reach.

Few prophets in the Bible come close to having as many recorded answers to prayer as this rough preacher from Gilead. His unusual level of confidence in God's will often expressed itself in persistent prayers . . . with miraculous results. At other times one prayer is all it took for a remarkable divine response.

Read more: Just A Man (Just A Minute #110)

Mountain Claiming (Just A Minute #109)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky
09/17/2010

"Give me this mountain." (Joshua 14:12)

Forty-five years before, Caleb had seen a mountain. He and eleven other men had spent forty days in a secret hike through what was then enemy territory. On the trek they had spied on the Amalekites, the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites. But what most caught Caleb's eyes was a mountain where the gigantic sons of Anak lived in fortified cities.

The leader of the reconnaissance party had been Caleb's friend Joshua. Together they had felt the assurance of the Lord surge in their hearts as they quietly looked upon the doomed enemies. Their souls were alive with the optimism and certainty of a victory guaranteed by their almighty God.

Read more: Mountain Claiming (Just A Minute #109)

By Faith the Harlot (Just A Minute #108)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky
09/09/2010

"By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace." (Hebrews 11:31)

The previous individuals in the Hebrews list of the faithful are not really a surprise to us. They were unquestionably godly and became household names wherever God's people gathered.

But Rahab? At first glance, she really seems to break the pattern. Her story is prominent, for sure, but hardly seems worthy of standing on the same platform with Enoch, Noah, and Abraham.

Read more: By Faith the Harlot (Just A Minute #108)

The Stirring of Wisdom (Just A Minute #107)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky
04/30/2010

And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it: (Exodus 36:2)

When God gives a man or woman wisdom, the inevitable result is a stirring of the heart. After the heart is stirred, action will follow.

From a human standpoint, wisdom starts with a proper fear of God. But ultimately it is a divine gift. In a somewhat enigmatic sequence, the Lord looks for wise hearted children, and gives them wisdom! James simply describes it as an answer to prayer.

Read more: The Stirring of Wisdom (Just A Minute #107)