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Saturday, June 22, 2019

"Take The Offer. Take The Comfort." Psalm 46

What an introduction!
I am God! Be still. Know this!
Such a beautiful way to introduce the offer.
Take this comfort: I am with you. I am for you.
That is what you use to answer your fear.
Compare this Psalm 46:10 to Exodus 14:13-14.
Let God work.
The Hebrew word for "be still" means to let it fall; let the concerns hang down.  Then, slack off, especially your hands.  No exertion needed.  Leave the matter with God. 
Oh! The Providence in all our problems.
Oh! The Power in what we contemplate.
Oh! That introduction! 
Take the comfort!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Arise, O God! On the Helpless. Psalm 9-16

Arise on the helpless! God, lift up Your Hand!
Psalm 10:12
I walked the long lonely corridor of further testing.
Something was wrong.
Helpless, I lay on the gurney.
Arise, O God.
Three random texts come in----
God is holding you.
No coincidence as I sat alone in a hospital of thousands.
Held.
Make room in your thoughts for God - Psalm 10:4
Wonder when there is no room for God.
A prayer for God Himself to appear.
To manifest His Presence and Providence in the affairs of my little lower world.
Arise, O God, on the helpless.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

"Cisterns. My Greatest Fear." Jeremiah 38-41

The warriors went to King Zedekiah about Jeremiah's prophecies against their city.  Jeremiah spoke the truth.  Babylon would win.  The men couldn't face it.  They told the king he had to be put to death.  And the spineless King told them he wouldn't oppose them at all.

So they threw the prophet in a cistern filled with mud, no water.
What thoughts coursed through the very veins of Jeremiah? 
How could the King?
How could he?
I'll shrivel to nothing in a deep damp dark hole. 

But God.
God was moving as He is in all our shadows, the other side of the story.
One of the court officials was moved by the plight of the prophet.  No more!
He asked the king to save Jeremiah.
They did.
Lifted him out using every-day rags. Jer 38:13

There is so much more going on than what I see.
Every-day items can alter the world if they are used for God's purposes.
Cisterns are one of my greatest fears.
Being unwanted and forgotten and hurled away.
I wonder what God is up to.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

"Brushed Off the Government of the Word" I Samuel 15-17

Am I more concerned about obeying the God who rules over me
than I am about giving up my time for Christian services and ceremonies?
It is far better to obey than sacrifice. I Samuel 15:22
It is far easier to bring a sacrifice than to bring our lofty thoughts and prideful thoughts and selfish ambitions into obedience before God. We are not competing with the High King. We have to let go of what controls us---it's idolatrrous. You've rejected the Word of the Lord and made nothing of it. You've brushed off the government of the Word, of your God. God made Saul the king. God can undo what He did.

Who rules you today?

Monday, March 25, 2019

"Sling A Stone At A Hair" Judges 19-21

No king here.
So, everyone did as they saw fit.
Judges 21:25
At times, it feels like this generation, this country.
I don't think I need to ___________________ .
I'm committed and acting as a good person.
People don't quite understand how bad they really are.
Study yourself. See what stirs within.
You cannot take life into your own hands.
Like the Benjamites did.
And they were skilled:
700 left-handed warriors who could sling a stone at a hair.
Doesn't matter how strong you are
when you are up against the King of the armies.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

"Revenge" Judges 16-18

And the weight of the whole temple came down on Solomon and the rulers and the three thousand men enjoying him. “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”  God answered this.  There are passages I just do not understand and this is one.  Why would two eyes be worth 3,000. This is Samson's motivation. Is it God's heart for all the Philistines have done? Is there more here than I know. Always.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

"Signal Mercies" Judges 13-15

Here we go...one more time into the hands of the Philistines.
And right smack dab when Israel was in distress,
Samson was born.
Son of a long childless mom.
"Mercies often waited for, often prove signal mercies,
and by them others may be encouraged to continue their hope in God's mercy."
Matthew Henry.
When you feel your trouble the most,
God often sends comfort.
There are answers to prayer I hold closely---
the birth of Britt after 7 years,
the victory over cancer after 10 years,
the amazing freedom from a shattering betrayal.
Signal mercies.