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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 Reason for the Ravens (Just A Minute #136)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. (1 Kings 17:5-6)

Doesn't that strike you as really odd?

For what reason in all the world might God choose to do something like that? Certainly He had plenty of other more normal options for feeding his man. There were still a good number of Hebrews throughout the land who believed in Jehovah--at least seven thousand had refused to bend the knee before Baal.

Why even in Ahab's own court there was a servant by the name of Obadiah who would soon risk his neck to save a hundred prophets. Surely the Lord could have arranged for this man to meet Elijah and provide him with a hideout.

But God did not do that.

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Completely Honest (Just A Minute #135)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. (Daniel 2:30)

Why in the world would Daniel say a thing like that?

Here he was, about to reveal to Nebuchadnezzar his supposedly forgotten dream and its meaning. This man was at the pinnacle of human power, so much so that even Daniel called him the king of kings later on in the passage. The young prophet held in his mind the key to saving his own neck, as well as those of every other wise man in the empire. He also was the possessor of an interpretation the king was willing to exchange for a fortune.

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Wall Repairers (Just A Minute #134)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord. . . . After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest. (Nehemiah 3:5, 20)

Nehemiah had recently arrived in Jerusalem from Persia, with a burden on his heart and a building permit in his hand. One night when most were asleep, he toured the ground where 140 years earlier the majestic walls of Zion had been. What he saw confirmed the awful report his brother Hananiah had brought to him at the Shushan palace. The situation in the city was pathetic.

So, the next day he gathered the discouraged leaders and laid out his ambitious plan, backed up with that royal permission: Let's rebuild the walls!

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Names For Life (Just A Minute #133)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. (Daniel 1:7)

There are many important child naming scenes recorded in the Bible. Esau and Jacob, Benjamin, Moses, Samuel, Ichabod, and John the Baptist are a few. Each of these received special attention in the first minutes of their lives, as their fathers or mothers wrestled with choosing just the right name.

No doubt the parents of Daniel and his three friends all had a story to tell.

But they could never have foreseen the dramatic events that would swell their choices with providential significance. That the parents deeply loved and revered God is obvious: Daniel meant "God is judge". Hananiah meant "The Lord is Gracious". Mishael meant "Who is like God?". Azariah meant "The Lord is my Helper". It is quite likely that among the first spiritual lessons the boys received were the doctrines of God linked to their names.

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Dashed Hopes (Just A Minute #132)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, . . . and Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, . . . came in the press behind, and touched his garment. (Mark 5:22-27)

As serious a trial as the situation was with his daughter’s health, Jairus was about to be tested even more deeply.

At first it would seem that the deathly state of his little princess was in itself the most pressing matter. She was, as the text points out, breathing her last. This drove the distraught father out of the house, even at such a critical moment. And though he was a man of position and wealth, this did not keep him from taking extreme measures. There, in the street, in view of everyone, this ruler of the synagogue fell before Jesus' feet and begged for his attention.

Out the window went any air of superiority he might have cultivated as an important leader in the community. While normally he might have maintained some degree of public dignity, not today. Not this time.

His daughter was dying.

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